We are excited to announce the Zilker Eagle has arrived Austin! We, like you, have been waiting for the Eagle to ship from the manufacturing facility in Arizona. Now, after a few COVID- and shipping-related delays, it’s finally here! Watch the sneak peek video below, and read on for more of what you can expect in the coming weeks.
Even though the train has arrived in Austin, there are still a few things we need to do before it is ready for the community to enjoy. Safety is our first priority. We are working through the list below and once all is on track, we’ll announce our official opening date and put tickets on sale. Here’s the work we have ahead of us:
We are currently hiring part-time Guest Services Conductors. Once we are fully staffed, we’ll begin training the team on all things train, tracks, ticketing and guest services. Know someone who would love to spend their days driving the train? Check out the job posting here and help us spread the word!
Now that the train has arrived in Austin, we’re beginning manufacturer testing. This first round of testing will ensure the tracks, wheels, coaches, engine and seats are safe, and that everything is running smoothly before we allow our train staff to begin their rounds.
3. Inspection & Insurance
As safety testing wraps up, we’ll schedule time for a state inspector to come assess the train, tracks and safety procedures of the Zilker Eagle. This inspection and approval process will be dependent on the state’s timeline and workload, but could take a few weeks from start to finish.
4. Final Decorative Touches
Once the main safety tests have been completed, we’ll be able to add on the final decorative touches to the coaches and seats. Special thanks goes to our Coach, Crossing and Seat sponsors for helping us bring the Zilker Eagle back to our community!
5. Driving Lessons & Procedures Training
With our new part-time staff on board, we’ll begin driving, loading, unloading, ticketing and maintenance procedures training. Once we’re confident in the safety and operational procedures, we’ll be able to officially open!
Official Opening Date to be determined
While there are still a few steps to complete, we are excited to be closing in on an official opening date and we can’t wait to welcome you to the Zilker Eagle! We are so grateful to you – our community – for your support and patience.
We’re also thankful for our supporters, including the Eagle’s Presenting Sponsor CapMetro, Tunnel Sponsor Kendra Scott, Community Hours Sponsor the Bill Wood Foundation, and to each of the coach, crossing, seat sponsors, as well as the many individual donors who have made this project possible.
If you haven’t yet, be sure to sign up for our e-news to be the first to know when tickets go on sale, and follow @zilkereagle on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We’ll see you out there soon!
P.S. If you’re at Zilker Park in the next few weeks, stop by and say hi at the train depot. Give us a wave if you see us out on the tracks, and be sure to stop by the pedestrian bridge over Barton Springs to see the amazing new mural by Ian Ingram & Becky Wittsche!
Photos from the train arrival
Shout out to Matt Bradford a.k.a. Hank + Tank Media for the fabulous photography!