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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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Awesom Ride!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 21, 2015
Ianna O
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Moss Bluff, Louisiana
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Moss Bluff, Louisiana
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

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
2 reviews
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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Houston, Texas
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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

After riding a narrow gauge in Colorado and Alaska, I decided I needed to ride the Texas State Railroad. It was a train. That's about all I can say about it. It's in the middle of nowhere and it is not a scenic trip. My husband and I rode in an adult only car and there were only 6 of... More 

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Houston, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Friday evening Polar Express with 2 1/2 yr grandson who really liked it. The ticket pickup was smooth. Loading was smooth. Staff in our car were fun and attentive. We will be back next year.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We camped at Rusk State Park when we reserved our tickets for the Polar Express (reviewed separately). The campsite was very clean and the pads were close together for camping in a group (but not in the group camping area). The bathrooms were sufficient but the men's hand dryer was broken. The maintenance man was very helpful, although the office... More 

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Fort Worth
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

We bought 8 seats and were given 6 and they put us in the overflow seats although we paid for real seats. I would take any child to this as they had a great time. But at $40.00 a person a little overpriced

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Houston, United States
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10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Very well organized. Tables were preassigned so no confusion. Brunch was just $10.00 extra and what a bargain. Fruit, Quiche, Buns and Canapes during the ride. Only issue was no tea, just coffee. Highly recommend it. Met a friendly couple at our table. Laughed most of the time.

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Houston, Texas
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

The Texas State Railroad is a nice train ride. I had Lone Star Car worth the extra charge lunch was great snack was good and can soda was a nice touch. Will do it next year.

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