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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: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access
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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
24 helpful votes 24 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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82 reviews 82 reviews
17 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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15 reviews 15 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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LA
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50 reviews 50 reviews
6 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

This was a good experience. When we made the reservation we originally were to leave out of Rusk and have the steam engine on both legs of the trip. They changed the schedule and we left out of Palestine instead and only had the steam engine on the return leg. Not really a big deal and they did notify us... More

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Houston
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12 reviews 12 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

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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