Six Flags Railroad

Steam-powered Six Flags Railroad

The century-old Six Flags Railroad engine

The Six Flags Railroad is the only ride from the park’s inaugural 1961 season still operating, making it the oldest continuously-operated ride in the park. Although the Six Flags Railroad opened with the park in 1961, the trains themselves date back much further (see below). The railroad not only provides a relaxing, scenic way to get to the opposite side of the park, but also supplies guests with views of the park not accessible from other rides or walkways.

It’s also possible to get an idea of how much the park has expanded over the years, simply by looking at the railroad’s track. When the park opened in ’61, the train completely encompassed the boundaries of the park (with plenty of room to spare). Since then, the park has expanded considerably past the railroad’s boundaries, meaning that every area past a train crossing wasn’t part of the original park.

History of the Trains

The Six Flags Railroad operates two trains, the red train and the green train. The red train, also known as the Charles Patton, was manufactured in 1897, while the green train, or the Larry Cochran, was created in 1901. The locomotives were originally made for the Enterprise Plantation, a sugar cane operation in Louisiana.

Both trains were acquired by the park from the family who owned the plantation under a lease agreement, and have been transporting park guests rather than sugarcane ever since. The park eventually rebuilt the engines, switching from wood-burning steam to oil-burning steam, but little else about the engines has changed. This is particularly noteworthy at a time when most theme parks have converted their trains to more-efficient and less-costly (but less-authentic) diesel engines. Six Flags over Texas has resisted such changes, allowing guests to take a historically authentic train trip not only through the park, but also through time.

Boomtown Depot sign

The sign for the Boomtown station with the Mr. Freeze building in the background

Boomtown Depot

The Boomtown Depot is one of the stops along the Six Flags Railroad, appropriately named due to it stopping in the Boomtown section of the park. The Boomtown station was added when the Boomtown section was added in the early 60s. The addition of Goodtimes Square in the 70s resulted in a new

Johnson Creek Station

The Johnson Creek station, located in the Texas section, was the original train station for the railroad

Goodtimes Square station replacing the Boomtown station. The railroad station returned to Boomtown in 1997 to make way for Mr. Freeze.

Johnson Creek/Texas Station

The Six Flags Railroad’s other stop is in Texas near the Texas Giant. When the park first opened, the Texas station was the train’s only station and the train only made round-trips. The park also refers to the Texas Station as the “Johnson Creek Station.”

The Johnson Creek station features an animatronic train scheduler that has been tapping out morse code since the park opened.

Six Flags Railroad Stats

Ride Type:Steam Railroad
Year Introduced:1961
Manufacturer:Dickson Locomotives, Porter Locomotives
Height Requirement:None
Thrill Rating:Mild
Park Section:Throughout with stations in Texas and Boomtown
Flash Pass Enabled:No

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Six Flags Railroad Video

Take a virtual ride on the Six Flags railroad with our complete ride video below.


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