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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
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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"Toot-Toot"

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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Alto, Texas
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Alto, Texas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

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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78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
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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43 reviews 43 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
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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21 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
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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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
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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Moss Bluff, Louisiana
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

The ride was really fun and we stood at the caboose for most of the time to see the view better. There was 3 "cowboys" who came on the train to visit and chat and they were entertaining and funny. It would've been Five Star rating but we bought a air conditioned, booth car for the ride and they almost... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

It was great. Unfortunately, they did not have steam ready for the 1st couple of weeks for the season, however, they still stick to the historic quality, as were riding behind an Alco AA! I will definitely be coming back to ride it with steam, and when I turn 18 to get a cab ride!

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Dallas, Texas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Not sure if the first contact I had with them was a sign, but when I called in early January to make a reservation for the Valentine Dinner excursion, they couldn't take my reservation because the computer was down. No one would be in until Monday to fix it?? I called back on Monday but the computer had not been... More 

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Houston, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Most scenic and history filled tourist railroad in Texas, 4 operational steam locomotives and 4 vintage diesel locomotive's and tons on vintage rolling stock, best car to ride in is car #70 open air observation car.

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