This project restored much of the tracks of the previous train and replaced the train with a new electric model. The track was shortened with a turnaround near Lou Neff Point in order to avoid some higher erosion areas near Lady Bird Lake. The train depot building and area were also restored for greater accessibility. For the latest on the Zilker train operation, please visit the Austin Parks Foundation website. District 8


Zilker Eagle Updates


The Zilker Eagle began providing adventures to visitors of the park in 1961 and continued until 1996. In 1997, the community chose the name Zilker Zephyr for the next generation of the mini train to move through the park.

In May 2019, the train was closed after erosion under and around the tracks near Lady Bird Lake made it unsafe to operate. The operators of the Zilker Zephyr concluded their operation of the train that year. In 2020, City Council awarded the contract for the restoration and operation of the train and tracks to the Austin Parks Foundation.

After a naming contest, the original name of the train was selected, and the Zilker Eagle is getting ready to return. 

To learn more about the new Zilker Eagle and Austin Parks Foundations' work to restore the train, visit