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Texas State Railroad

Park Road 76 Highway 84 West, Rusk, TX 75785
(903) 683-2561
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Ranked #1 of 2 Attractions in Rusk
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Scenic Railroads, Tours, Outdoors
Owner description: The Texas State Railroad, established in 1881, is truly a "Texas Treasure!" This historic railroad...
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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Type: Scenic Railroads, Tours, Outdoors
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Activities for older children

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Houston, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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11 reviews 11 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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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37 reviews 37 reviews
18 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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39 reviews 39 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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Mountain Home, Arkansas
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74 reviews 74 reviews
23 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

I'm a railroad enthusiast and steam buff. So our group made a point to ride the steam powered train rather than the one pulled by a diesel. Steam trains leave from Palestine and diesel-pulled ones leave from Rusk each day they run. I think steam is Saturday only this time of year. They let the riders walk through the locomotive... More 

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Cedar Creek
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Nice relaxing train ride through the Piney Woods of east Texas. Enjoyed learning about the history of the railroad, built by prison inmates to transport wood to fuel furnaces to make iron ore. We left from Palestine station, nice picnic areas at both stations and you can take food and coolers if you want to picnic. Meals and refreshments available.... More 

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Dexter, New Mexico
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90 reviews 90 reviews
20 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Took the train from Palestine. Rode the Streamliner. Was worth it. Nice, double decker dining car. Food was great, the service was even better. Nice relaxing, enjoyable ride. Lisa, our waitress was fantastic. This is a great way to spend an afternoon, recommend for couples or family's.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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168 reviews 168 reviews
27 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I did this as a child and thought it would be fun to take my kids here for an extended weekend. It had been so long ago that the only thing I remembered was riding the train and not much else about the experience. The train was fun, we were in the open air car and even being late August... More 

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Waco, Texas
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

My husband and I booked the air conditioned car (knowing the unbearable Texas heat in July and August) and we had a very nice, enjoyable, relaxing train ride. Box lunches were included with the ticket purchase. I had the chef salad and my husband the ham and cheese on wheat. Both were fresh and very tasty! This car is designated... More 

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