Starting Memorial Day weekend passengers aboard the Grapevine Vintage Railroad, on its run to the Fort Worth Stockyards, will be treated to a train robbery - with comedic not criminal intent.
The Grapevine Vintage Railroad has been on track for more than 20 years. It began as the Tarantula Train running out of the historic Fort Worth Stockyards. For the last decade making runs from Grapevine to the stockyards -- and back.Afternoon excursion trips -- with an Old West theme. But with warmer weather -- the ride gets a little wilder -- just a few miles out of town. Armed bandits on horseback -- firing blanks of course -- first stop -- and then board the train.
Chris Whatley is founder of a troupe -- that specializes in Old West entertainment."Basically, the outlaw gang stops the train, the robber gets on, He's sharing the loot. He's kind of a confused robber. He's sharing the loot when all of a sudden the Marshall appears and there's a pseudo chase through the train."
David Alexander is one of the robber/actors " We love the kids. We love giving em spent bullets. I'll give them a couple casing or two after we rob that train. Try to give them empty ones. That's important. It's all for fun. It's all for comedy."
The train robberies are a summer time attraction. They begin on Memorial Day weekend and run through Labor Day weekend.