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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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Description: 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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Steam Train is worth the extra miles to start at Palestine Depot

Liked the whole 4 1/2 hour ride. On Board comments could have been louder as the train can be noisy at times....CHUG>>>CHUG>>

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Liked the whole 4 1/2 hour ride. On Board comments could have been louder as the train can be noisy at times....CHUG>>>CHUG>>

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Deer Park, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

My grandson (who is 3) was enthralled by the sound of the steam engine train. My daughter and I were enthralled with the scenery and the beautiful, peaceful train ride.

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Both of the steam locomotives were out of commission but this was not communicated when the reservations were made. A diesel switcher was used for the excursion...not too interesting. Without the steam locomotives there is little of interest. The trip is through the piney woods which are much more enjoyable to hike through than to ride through.

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Austin, Texas
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

i went on the yearly photography trip with the railroad. rather than the 5 hour or so out and back trip this was a evening and all day affair. the evening before we had a night shoot with the steam engine and the next day we went on the standard route but stopped several times along the way to take... More 

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Alto, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

An excellent way to see the country side of East Texas, hop on the train that runs from Rusk to Palestine. Great campsites if you want to spend some time here.

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

I went on the Easter ride with 7 adults and 2 kids. We all booked a car together when reserving, and when we arrived they had upgraded us to lonestar class! This was a nice treat, as the lonestar class had tables with moveable chairs, plenty of leg room, and it was nice to not be crowded. When walking past... More 

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Garland, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Our first time riding the train. Meaning to do so for many years and to get down to Palestine for the annual Dogwood Festival. We visited the weekend of March 29th, 2015. We were so hoping for the steam locomotive, but alas, they were running the diesel engine. But, still, the staff was great and the train ride was great.... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

A special on PBS got us interested in several railroad attractions in the US. The one we knew we would be fairly close to first was the Texas State Railroad. We wanted to ride the steam train from Palestine to Rusk and back because the diesel ran in the other direction. I called and made reservations and verified that it... More 

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Arlington TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

My family went to Palestine for the Dogwood Festival. The TX State Railroad train was so nice. The dogwoods weren't blooming yet, but it didn't matter. The service was great. The lunch was good. My elderly parents and my young niece all enjoyed the trip. Do reserve a table on the Lone Star car if you have mobility issues, as... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

We took the dogwood brunch train ride. Our tickets were $80.00 per person which included brunch. The train ride itself was very beautiful and enjoyable. The Brunch was a major disappointment. We were served a Tablespoon of cheap strawberry yogurt, a teaspoon of low quality granola and thinly sliced strawberries, two banana slices, and one grape. We asked for cream... More 

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