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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 2014
Type: Scenic Railroads, Tours, Outdoors
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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, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access

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Houston, United States
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39 reviews 39 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
4 helpful votes 4 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
19 helpful votes 19 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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Dexter, New Mexico
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88 reviews 88 reviews
20 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Took the train from Palestine. Rode the Streamliner. Was worth it. Nice, double decker dining car. Food was great, the service was even better. Nice relaxing, enjoyable ride. Lisa, our waitress was fantastic. This is a great way to spend an afternoon, recommend for couples or family's.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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167 reviews 167 reviews
27 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I did this as a child and thought it would be fun to take my kids here for an extended weekend. It had been so long ago that the only thing I remembered was riding the train and not much else about the experience. The train was fun, we were in the open air car and even being late August... More

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Waco, Texas
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

My husband and I booked the air conditioned car (knowing the unbearable Texas heat in July and August) and we had a very nice, enjoyable, relaxing train ride. Box lunches were included with the ticket purchase. I had the chef salad and my husband the ham and cheese on wheat. Both were fresh and very tasty! This car is designated... More

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Deer Park, Tx
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

I recently had the pleasure to take my Grandson on the train ride from Rusk to Palestine. It was truly a great experience! We paid a little more to go on the Lone Star car and it was worth it. Having a/c in my opinion is the only way to go! Our attendant was the nicest lady you would ever... More

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The Woodlands, Texas
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96 reviews 96 reviews
41 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We took our kids to the Pumpkin patch express and they loved the halloween party they were having. the games and trick and treating live music and food,hayride... All awesome!! true feel of our southern hospitality and traditions. staff is awesome!! friendly and patient with kids. I would strongly recommend families with children to take kids and make a fun... More

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Corpus Christi, Texas
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Great experience for ALL ages. Plan for 4 hours of your day. Bring snacks and cold drinks that will be perfect. They do provide popcorn and candies with drinks but easier bring your own. We ate the salads of our choice; they were really good. light was good for the heat. They do have the a/c cars and tables but... More

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