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Texas State Railroad

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Address: Park Road 76 Highway 84 West, Rusk, TX 75785
Phone Number: (903) 683-2561
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Description: The Texas State Railroad, established in 1881, is truly a "Texas...
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.
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Had a great time with the grandkids

My husband and I took our five grandchildren, ages 3 to 8, on the trip from Palestine to Rusk and back. They were so excited about riding a real train! We rode in the open air... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 27, 2015
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Texarkana, Texas
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Texarkana, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

My husband and I took our five grandchildren, ages 3 to 8, on the trip from Palestine to Rusk and back. They were so excited about riding a real train! We rode in the open air coach and despite the 85-90 degree temp outside, it was comfortable with the air moving through. The scenery was beautiful. Everyone at the station... More 

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Northeast Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

A lovely ride through the countryside, through tunnels and past interesting sites on an old fashioned Steam Engine. An experience I would gladly repeat every chance I get.

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Abilene, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

While attending a convention in Dallas for the Santa Fe Railway Historical Society, a trip to Palestine was planned for the group. We boarded the steam train and sat in the air conditioned cars at tables with snacks and complimentary beverages and beer/wine for $5.00. The steward on our car was very friendly, attentive, and helpful. The seats were padded... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

This trip through the Texas Piney Woods is beautiful most all year. Retored engine and rail cars are beautiful. Conductors and staff are helpful and informative about the equipment and history in the area. Christmas is especially great if you have kids.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

I have been wanting to ride this train from Palestine-Rusk,Tx. for many years. Today, I got to do it! My husband bought our tickets online and we picked them up at the ticket counter in the Palestine train depot. We chose to ride in the "open air" car versus the air conditioned or climate controlled car. The ride was a... More 

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Jefferson, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

We love riding the train. We also like wine and cheese. So we were excited to find that the TSR was running a "Wine in the Pines" event. We enjoyed six pairings of wine and food while rolling through the woods. The car was filled with chatter from other riders who seemed to be enjoying themselves also. The canteen car... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

We went up to Palestine on a Thursday and rode the train on Friday. It was a great trip. You go through Piney Woods, farmland, a couple small towns, and across rivers. Though we had assigned seats, our coach and the next one back were fairly empty, so we could wander around and sit pretty much where we wanted. They... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Liked the whole 4 1/2 hour ride. On Board comments could have been louder as the train can be noisy at times....CHUG>>>CHUG>>

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Deer Park, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

My grandson (who is 3) was enthralled by the sound of the steam engine train. My daughter and I were enthralled with the scenery and the beautiful, peaceful train ride.

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Both of the steam locomotives were out of commission but this was not communicated when the reservations were made. A diesel switcher was used for the excursion...not too interesting. Without the steam locomotives there is little of interest. The trip is through the piney woods which are much more enjoyable to hike through than to ride through.

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Address: Park Road 76 Highway 84 West, Rusk, TX 75785
Phone Number: (903) 683-2561
Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Rusk

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