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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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Really hot in August

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 12, 2015
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Texas
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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.

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Burleson, Tx
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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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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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Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

We took our eight year old granddaughter on the round trip from Palestine to Rusk and back. It was great for all of us except that it lasted too long. We were wishing we could have left a car at Rusk so we didn't have to make the return trip back to Palestine. I had never ridden on a train... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

We road the train on a Friday. This means we boarded at.the Palestine stationand the train engine was steam powered. On weekends the train departs from the Rusk depot. We chose the adult, air conditioned car. A light snack is provide as well as soft drinks free, with refills as requested. Wine and beer are available for $5. However, there... More 

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Texarkana, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

My husband and I took our five grandchildren, ages 3 to 8, on the trip from Palestine to Rusk and back. They were so excited about riding a real train! We rode in the open air coach and despite the 85-90 degree temp outside, it was comfortable with the air moving through. The scenery was beautiful. Everyone at the station... More 

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Northeast Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

A lovely ride through the countryside, through tunnels and past interesting sites on an old fashioned Steam Engine. An experience I would gladly repeat every chance I get.

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Abilene, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

While attending a convention in Dallas for the Santa Fe Railway Historical Society, a trip to Palestine was planned for the group. We boarded the steam train and sat in the air conditioned cars at tables with snacks and complimentary beverages and beer/wine for $5.00. The steward on our car was very friendly, attentive, and helpful. The seats were padded... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

This trip through the Texas Piney Woods is beautiful most all year. Retored engine and rail cars are beautiful. Conductors and staff are helpful and informative about the equipment and history in the area. Christmas is especially great if you have kids.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

I have been wanting to ride this train from Palestine-Rusk,Tx. for many years. Today, I got to do it! My husband bought our tickets online and we picked them up at the ticket counter in the Palestine train depot. We chose to ride in the "open air" car versus the air conditioned or climate controlled car. The ride was a... More 

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