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Texas State Railroad

Address: Park Road 76 Highway 84 West, Rusk, TX 75785
Phone Number: (903) 683-2561
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Ranked #1 of 1 Sightseeing Tours in Rusk
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Scenic railroads, Sightseeing Tours
Owner description: The Texas State Railroad, established in 1881, is truly a "Texas Treasure!" This historic railroad...
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children
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Type: Scenic railroads, Sightseeing Tours
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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children

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Dallas, Texas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Not sure if the first contact I had with them was a sign, but when I called in early January to make a reservation for the Valentine Dinner excursion, they couldn't take my reservation because the computer was down. No one would be in until Monday to fix it?? I called back on Monday but the computer had not been... More 

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Houston, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Most scenic and history filled tourist railroad in Texas, 4 operational steam locomotives and 4 vintage diesel locomotive's and tons on vintage rolling stock, best car to ride in is car #70 open air observation car.

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Houston, Texas
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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

After riding a narrow gauge in Colorado and Alaska, I decided I needed to ride the Texas State Railroad. It was a train. That's about all I can say about it. It's in the middle of nowhere and it is not a scenic trip. My husband and I rode in an adult only car and there were only 6 of... More 

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Houston, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Friday evening Polar Express with 2 1/2 yr grandson who really liked it. The ticket pickup was smooth. Loading was smooth. Staff in our car were fun and attentive. We will be back next year.

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11 reviews 11 reviews
11 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We camped at Rusk State Park when we reserved our tickets for the Polar Express (reviewed separately). The campsite was very clean and the pads were close together for camping in a group (but not in the group camping area). The bathrooms were sufficient but the men's hand dryer was broken. The maintenance man was very helpful, although the office... More 

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Fort Worth
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37 reviews 37 reviews
18 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

We bought 8 seats and were given 6 and they put us in the overflow seats although we paid for real seats. I would take any child to this as they had a great time. But at $40.00 a person a little overpriced

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Houston, United States
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47 reviews 47 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Very well organized. Tables were preassigned so no confusion. Brunch was just $10.00 extra and what a bargain. Fruit, Quiche, Buns and Canapes during the ride. Only issue was no tea, just coffee. Highly recommend it. Met a friendly couple at our table. Laughed most of the time.

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Houston, Texas
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

The Texas State Railroad is a nice train ride. I had Lone Star Car worth the extra charge lunch was great snack was good and can soda was a nice touch. Will do it next year.

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Mountain Home, Arkansas
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74 reviews 74 reviews
23 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

I'm a railroad enthusiast and steam buff. So our group made a point to ride the steam powered train rather than the one pulled by a diesel. Steam trains leave from Palestine and diesel-pulled ones leave from Rusk each day they run. I think steam is Saturday only this time of year. They let the riders walk through the locomotive... More 

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Cedar Creek
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Nice relaxing train ride through the Piney Woods of east Texas. Enjoyed learning about the history of the railroad, built by prison inmates to transport wood to fuel furnaces to make iron ore. We left from Palestine station, nice picnic areas at both stations and you can take food and coolers if you want to picnic. Meals and refreshments available.... More 

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