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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Catch the Train to the Red River Rivalry; Reservations Now Open

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  • Reservations are now open for the popular Heartland Flyer Big Game Train headed to Dallas, TX in October for the annual Red River Rivalry football showdown between the University of Oklahoma Sooners and the University of Texas Longhorns. This unique excursion is a great opportunity for football fans to kick back, show off their school colors and start weekend festivities the minute they board the train.
     
    For $55 per person round-trip, passengers can enjoy a lively, spirit-filled trip and get in game mode as they travel from Oklahoma City to Dallas with other eager fans. An observation coach is being added, which will give passengers a chance to enjoy unique panoramic views on their trip. Train travel aboard the Heartland Flyer offers passengers a safe mode of travel and the luxury of a café car to purchase snacks and drinks including adult beverages for the trip.
     
    Amtrak’s Heartland Flyer is scheduled to leave from Santa Fe Depot in Oklahoma City at 8:25 a.m., Friday, Oct. 11 and arrive at downtown Dallas Union Station at 2:10 p.m. just in time for passengers to enjoy pre-game festivities. The train has regularly scheduled stops in Norman, Purcell, Pauls Valley, Ardmore and in Texas at Gainesville and Fort Worth.
     
    On the return trip, the Heartland Flyer will depart from downtown Dallas Union Station at 2:25 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 13 and will arrive back in Oklahoma City at
    9:39 p.m.
     
    Fans should act quickly since the annual OU/TX train continues to gain in popularity and seats fill up quickly. Seating is limited and restrictions apply, so booking reservations early is strongly recommended. For fares and schedules; to book; buy and print your ticket, start by going to Amtrak.com or call 800-USA-RAIL and refer to discount code X540. The $55 discounted rate is applied upon checkout.
     
    The line has carried more than 980,000 passengers since daily service started between Oklahoma City and Fort Worth in 1999.

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