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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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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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I Think I Can

I have rode many a tourist railroad (it is my hobby) in my travels across the U.S.A. and this one ranks near the top. 25 Miles (each way) of pure fun. I chose to sit in an "open... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Suffolk, Virginia
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Suffolk, Virginia
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45 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have rode many a tourist railroad (it is my hobby) in my travels across the U.S.A. and this one ranks near the top. 25 Miles (each way) of pure fun. I chose to sit in an "open air car" located directy behind the steam locomotive. This is an oil fired (not coal) locomotive, so you do not have to... More 

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Dallas, Texas
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a disappointment. For $80/person, we expected much more. The brunch was catered by "Traditions" from Tyler and was pretty bad. Three out of the four of us couldn't eat the entreé. The service ( from the caterer) was rude. The train's wait staff was efficient, but not at all friendly. Restrooms were out of toilet tissue. The brunch offered... More 

Thank sherri p
New Braunfels, Texas
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256 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

We took our kids and their children ages 3,4, and two infants on the Pumpkin Patch Express. One of the grandsons loves trains specifically "too too tains". Most of us are from Houston so we stayed overnight in Palestine prior to the train ride and drove the 30 minutes to Rusk to catch the 11:00am train. It is better to... More 

Thank zinniaqueen
Fort Towson, Ok.
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

It was real exciting to get to ride something that was like the trains you see in old westerns. The employees were real friendly and knowledgeable. The food was great! We just really enjoyed the whole trip. Making reservations was easy on line.

Thank peggym245
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

From the great service and wait staff to the air conditioned car everything was perfect! The train left Palestine station on time and food and beverage started as soon as we were on the road! The car was not too crowded and the tables were spaced at a adequate distance. At Rusk we had 1 1/2 hour break to explore... More 

2 Thank Rhonda T
The Woodlands, Texas
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

What a pleasant trip! We had grandkids with us so we took a bag of toys. We ate lunch and relaxed to a beverage of choice. Diner car was an air conditioned experience. Yes, would do this again.

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Marquez, Texas
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45 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

Tickets can be bought at their website and seats are assigned. We got lucky and had our table all to ourselves. Usually you'd share the table with another couple. We had an appetizer and salad perfectly timed on the way out to Maydell, TX then the main course and desert on the return to the Rusk station. There is wine,... More 

1 Thank Cammy M
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107 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Excellent attraction and a must do event but be on notice if you do a day trip in the summer in an open car YOU WILL BE HOT! The staff is volunteer and do a devoted job, thanks. Go see it. Beware that Google maps has it wrong.

Thank thkpoz
Burleson, Tx
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269 reviews
148 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

The trip takes you through the East Texas piney woods. The train is pulled by an old steam engine. You can take the round trip or just one way. They have air conditioned cars or open air cars.

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Houston, Texas
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Took the trip to Palastine from Houston, Great scenic ride through the country side. Picnic at the Palenstine Depot with Family, most amazing time, temperture was 98 degrees but under the shade of numerous 100ft tall old growth oak trees it felt like low seventies degrees, with the constant breeze. Train arrives and departs on time, bring camera to take... More 

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