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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: 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 older children, Activities for young children
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Dexter, New Mexico
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83 reviews 83 reviews
18 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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164 reviews 164 reviews
27 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 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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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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7 reviews 7 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
25 helpful votes 25 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
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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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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Rayville, Louisiana
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83 reviews 83 reviews
18 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

WE took the train from the Palestine, TX station to Rusk, TX and return. We took the LONESTAR Car, which is Air Conditioned, Padded Seats and includes a Box Lunch (very good too) The Lonestar car is for 18 years and older. NO KIDS. Well worth the extra money. Take about 1.5 hours each way and there is a 1.5... More

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Fort Worth, Texas
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

My husband and I have ridden narrow-gauge trains in New Mexico and Colorado. We've ridden the train in Skagway, AK. We put the Texas State Railroad right up there with the best of them. We are happy that we reserved a table in the air-conditioned car, because it was quite warm on the day the went. We also paid for... More

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Eagle Pass, Texas
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85 reviews 85 reviews
7 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014 via mobile

This is a great way to spend the day with family enjoying a train ride. You can bring your own food or preorder when buying tickets. Picnic site is beautiful in Rusk. Bring a swimsuits Or a fishing pole if you wish. We ordered lunch from the offers choices. All were excellent. It was a bit warm on the ride... More

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Blue Ridge
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

I travelled to Rusk to take my grandchildren on a "real train". They were facinated with the information provided before the ride began and the way the people on the train made the ride totally about them. The staff/volunteers were wonderful and the expense was minimal for the quality of the trip. We also had a picnic on the grounds... More

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