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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: Tours, Scenic Railroads
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... more » 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. « less
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access
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The Woodlands, Texas
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96 reviews 96 reviews
41 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We took our kids to the Pumpkin patch express and they loved the halloween party they were having. the games and trick and treating live music and food,hayride... All awesome!! true feel of our southern hospitality and traditions. staff is awesome!! friendly and patient with kids. I would strongly recommend families with children to take kids and make a fun... More

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Corpus Christi, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Great experience for ALL ages. Plan for 4 hours of your day. Bring snacks and cold drinks that will be perfect. They do provide popcorn and candies with drinks but easier bring your own. We ate the salads of our choice; they were really good. light was good for the heat. They do have the a/c cars and tables but... More

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Rayville, Louisiana
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73 reviews 73 reviews
13 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

WE took the train from the Palestine, TX station to Rusk, TX and return. We took the LONESTAR Car, which is Air Conditioned, Padded Seats and includes a Box Lunch (very good too) The Lonestar car is for 18 years and older. NO KIDS. Well worth the extra money. Take about 1.5 hours each way and there is a 1.5... More

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Fort Worth, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

My husband and I have ridden narrow-gauge trains in New Mexico and Colorado. We've ridden the train in Skagway, AK. We put the Texas State Railroad right up there with the best of them. We are happy that we reserved a table in the air-conditioned car, because it was quite warm on the day the went. We also paid for... More

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Eagle Pass, Texas
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86 reviews 86 reviews
7 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014 via mobile

This is a great way to spend the day with family enjoying a train ride. You can bring your own food or preorder when buying tickets. Picnic site is beautiful in Rusk. Bring a swimsuits Or a fishing pole if you wish. We ordered lunch from the offers choices. All were excellent. It was a bit warm on the ride... More

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Blue Ridge
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

I travelled to Rusk to take my grandchildren on a "real train". They were facinated with the information provided before the ride began and the way the people on the train made the ride totally about them. The staff/volunteers were wonderful and the expense was minimal for the quality of the trip. We also had a picnic on the grounds... More

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LA
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50 reviews 50 reviews
6 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

This was a good experience. When we made the reservation we originally were to leave out of Rusk and have the steam engine on both legs of the trip. They changed the schedule and we left out of Palestine instead and only had the steam engine on the return leg. Not really a big deal and they did notify us... More

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Houston
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11 reviews 11 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

My wife arranged a weekend in Palestine, including tickets on the Texas State Railroad, as an anniversary gift, and it was truly a wonderful time. We went in February, which was actually a little early as the steam locomotives were being prepped for the upcoming Dogwood Trail runs and the foliage hadn't quite filled out yet, but the depots at... More

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san antonio,tx
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36 reviews 36 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

My Wife and I rode the Texas State Railroad For the Dogwood Special.We had a good time and enjoyed the ride and the food on the train. Staff on the train are very friendly. Train and cars are in great condition and well maintained.Hope to return again soon and enjoy the trip.

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Grapevine, Texas
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52 reviews 52 reviews
30 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Great train ride in the open car this year. The pre paid box lunches were good, but many opted to take coolers for the lunch break @ Palestine, Tx. depot. Disappointing the steam engines were not running for this spring break adventure.

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