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Texas State Railroad

Park Road 76 Highway 84 West, Rusk, TX 75785
(903) 683-2561
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Ranked #1 of 2 attractions in Rusk
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Tours, Scenic Railroads
Owner description: The Texas State Railroad, established in 1881, is truly a "Texas Treasure!" This historic railroad and camping park offers both steam and diesel train... more » Owner description: The Texas State Railroad, established in 1881, is truly a "Texas Treasure!" This historic railroad and camping park offers both steam and diesel train excursions that travel through the scenic piney woods of East Texas. Passengers may board excursion trains at either the Rusk or Palestine depots. The trip takes 1½ hour each way with a 1½ hour lunch layover at the opposite train depot. Operating weekend excursions year-round and special events throughout the year. « less
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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Houston
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8 reviews 8 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

My wife arranged a weekend in Palestine, including tickets on the Texas State Railroad, as an anniversary gift, and it was truly a wonderful time. We went in February, which was actually a little early as the steam locomotives were being prepped for the upcoming Dogwood Trail runs and the foliage hadn't quite filled out yet, but the depots at... More

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san antonio,tx
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30 reviews 30 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

My Wife and I rode the Texas State Railroad For the Dogwood Special.We had a good time and enjoyed the ride and the food on the train. Staff on the train are very friendly. Train and cars are in great condition and well maintained.Hope to return again soon and enjoy the trip.

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Grapevine, Texas
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46 reviews 46 reviews
28 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Great train ride in the open car this year. The pre paid box lunches were good, but many opted to take coolers for the lunch break @ Palestine, Tx. depot. Disappointing the steam engines were not running for this spring break adventure.

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Orange
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

the train ride was very nice and relaxing.we enjoyed it a lot. the only bad thing is that we are a family of 4 and my husband is tall so there was not a lot of leg room. besides that we all enjoyed it and would go again.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

We bought round trip tickets. It was fun! The staff was friendly and helpful. If you buy a round trip ticket, I recommend packing a lunch. There is an hour and a half layover while the train turns around. You can preorder lunch from the railroad online, but it is $10. There is plenty of time to picnic while the... More

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Lexington, Kentucky
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

Nice train ride through the countryside. Lots of trees prevented seeing more of it. We got a first class ticket and meal and expected a nice quiet ride, but as luck would have it. the car was filled with very talkative seniors, (Like ourselves) who yacked up a storm. I was impressed. On the one down side our car attendant... More

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houston, tx
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32 reviews 32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

Took our almost 4 year old granddaughter to ride the train this past weekend and it was great. A bit over a two hour drive to Rusk from Kingwood. The park is really nice and the facilities at the station are very well done. The conductors were very friendly on the train. They advertise the ride to Trick or Treat... More

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Port Neches, TX
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66 reviews 66 reviews
9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

We rode the 11am Pumpkin Express. We bought the cheapest tickets (open air) but the train was half empty so we were able to sit in a windowed car. The train ride itself was only about 20 minutes one way; so I don't think the more expensive tickets would have been worth it-even if we were in the open air... More

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Aubrey, Texas
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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

First I'm bias, I love trains, especially steam trains. I purchased a one way can ride. It's a must if you can spend the money. Just being in the cab to see how it all works is awesome. As far as scenery. Well you are in the heart of the pinewoods of Texas. If you've seen pine trees before well... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013 via mobile

The most enjoyable people to be around! Service is great!!! The best experience for children. We love it!!!

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