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Address: 210 W Austin St, Jefferson, TX 75657-2204
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See how the Wealthy Travelled in the 1800s

If you like history and have the time, it is well worth booking a tour of Jay Gould's restored, live-in railroad car called Atalanta. You can not go in the car on your own, you... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 December 2016
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Plano
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Plano
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

If you like history and have the time, it is well worth booking a tour of Jay Gould's restored, live-in railroad car called Atalanta. You can not go in the car on your own, you have to get your ticket and tour time at the Excelsior Hotel across the street. The guides are very good, they can tell you about... More 

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Huntsville, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

This is not just any old railroad car. It was honesly used by Jay Gould and his family and has been renovated very nicely. You get the opportunity to see the luxury available to a wealthy family who could afford their own train car for traveling. It has a living room, several bedrooms with sinks, a kitchen and place for... More 

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Tulsa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

Had seen this a couple of years ago. We stayed at the hotel across the street, which made this event very easy. The cars were interesting and I have thought about them since.

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Nikki E, General Manager at Atalanta Jay Gould's Railroad Car, responded to this review

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Amarillo, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 216 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

It is incredible that this piece of history was found and is restored in Jefferson. Stepping into Atalanta allows you to see how the wealthiest traveled in the late 1800's. It will make you long for the days of fancy passenger rail travel and may make you want to grow a beard.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

In the golden age of US passenger railroading this car was the personal transportation of Jay Gould and family, similar to Donald Trump's personal 757 aircraft of today. You have to buy your ticket at the hotel across the street and you are assigned a tour guide who is very knowledgeable of the history and restoration of this wonderful rail... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

So happy we were able to tour this piece of history. I was blown away on how intricate the details were and how luxurious the railroad car was.

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Sweetwater, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

The tour of the railroad car was really interesting. We found out a lot about Jay Gould and his family. The guide was very informative and just seeing the car and the furnishings was great.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

We drove by this place and decided to stop. Glad we did! It was a very fun, informative tour. They have really tried to restore the railroad car to it's former splendor. We enjoyed the tour guides history and explanation of the functional parts of the car. Well worth the time.

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Nikki E, General Manager at Atalanta Jay Gould's Railroad Car, responded to this review

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

Jay Gould's Atalanta Railroad Car was interesting, in that it was decked out for the extreme rich of the 1800's. It was the symbol of this man's importance in the town of Jefferson, TX back when the railroads made this little town a thriving place or commerce. It is located straight across the street from the Excelsior House Hotel. The... More 

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Pineville, Louisiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016

Enjoyed taking portraits there and my grandson had a blast on the car even though it was closed. Worth a stop.

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