Trails and Rails Program: Texas Eagle
In place of volunteer docents, the National Park Service and Texas A&M University developed a series of podcast episodes to inform Amtrak passengers about historical and natural points of interest between Chicago and San Antonio. Explore and download these resources before your next trip.
Note: The following resources are provided as a collaboration between Amtrak, the National Park Service, and Texas A&M University, and housed online by The Transportation Museum. Timetables, routes, and details about points of interest may have changed since their publication date. For the most up-to-date information, see amtrak.com.
Texas Eagle Audio Podcast
The following narration is ordered for travel from Chicago, IL to San Antonio, TX. If you are riding east, start at tracks #1 and #2 and then scroll down to begin at track #108.
We suggest downloading these MP3 files ahead of time, as there is no WiFi onboard the train and parts of the route have limited mobile phone service. To view a description of each of the 108 episodes, including their respective author(s), click here.
Instructions for Desktop:
Playing Episodes: click the episode name and it will automatically begin playing. To view the description of the particular episode you are listening to, click the "lyrics and information" button ( ) at the bottom right of the player.
Downloading Episodes: hover over the episode name or length and click the blue "Download" button at right. Then click the "Download in MP3" button when the option appears. The episode will appear in your computer's Downloads folder. To exit a particular episode, click "Go to site" to return to the episode list.
Instructions for Mobile:
Playing Episodes: click the episode name and it will automatically begin playing. To view the description of the particular episode you are listening to, click the "lyrics and information" button ( ) at the bottom left of the player. You may need to click "Show more episodes" to open the full player.
Downloading Episodes: click a particular episode, upon which a blue "Free" button will appear. Click this button, and then click the "Download in MP3" button when the option appears. (On some devices, you may need to confirm the download.) The location of this file depends on the specific device. To exit a particular episode, click the "X" at the top left.
The podcast team wishes to thank Dr. Eva J. Hoffman, author of the book “A Guide to Amtrak’s Sunset Limited” (Flashing Yellow Guidebooks, 2009), which provided invaluable background material. Several entities generously allowed the Trails & Rails team to use their music and sound effects free of charge for the project, including John and Mark Dujka of the Dujka Brothers Band; Bruce Sunpie Barnes and the Louisiana Sunspots; Soundjay.com; New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park; Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail; and the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Amtrak is a registered service mark of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation.
If you notice an error in this description or the audio files on the website, please contact the museum.