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Texas State Railroad

Palestine, TX, USA
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About Texas State Railroad
An essential part of the Texas State Railroad journey is spending time at the Rusk and Palestine depot complexes prior to departure, at the turn-around and after the ride. Built during the middle of the last century, these edifices are every bit a part of the rail experience as the ride itself. Peppering the depot landscape are eye-catching storyboards, overflowing with details about the Texas State Railroad encounter, surrounding communities, pioneer spirit and railroad lore which set the stage for a memorable rail adventure. Each depot complex has its own identity and requires time spent to capture the essence of why this Piney Woods Route has been designated the Official Railroad of Texas.
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Wayne W wrote a review Aug 3
Katy, Texas32 contributions32 helpful votes
My wife and I just had a super experience riding the Texas State Railroad this past Friday. We chose the Presidential car because the seats were limited. Everyone wore masks. Served champagne and an appetizer plate with meats, cheeses and grapes. Our guide Joyce was very
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Response from TrainGall, Public Relations Manager at Texas State Railroad
Responded 4 days ago
Thank you so much for sharing your experience. You truly got an expert excursion having Miss Joyce as your guide. We will share your kind words with her.
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Scott and Jonel... P wrote a review Jul 2020
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We participated in Wines in the Pines on the Texas State railroad. It was a unique experience during this time of COVID. We were served wine from one East Texas winery with snacks and eats as we traveled through the piney woods of East Texas. The wine was ok, the snacks were ok
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Response from TrainGall, Public Relations Manager at Texas State Railroad
Responded 4 days ago
Thank you for joining us and for sharing your experience.
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Kathy wrote a review Mar 2020
1 contribution1 helpful vote
Fun famiiy day. The dome car was nice, but pricey. Pre-purchase your lunch to get it faster at the stop depot. Nice picnic area.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from TrainGall, Public Relations Manager at Texas State Railroad
Responded Mar 30, 2020
Thank you very much for sharing this review.
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Smblack95 wrote a review Mar 2020
10 contributions2 helpful votes
Fun unique East Texas experience. We went during spring break so it wasn’t very crowded. We were told during Christmas time, it’s packed. It’s a 4 hour experience and stops halfway in Rusk for a picnic lunch. We stayed in the First Class section. The seating in that section is 4
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from TrainGall, Public Relations Manager at Texas State Railroad
Responded Mar 14, 2020
Thank you so much for your recommendation.
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Marv Ressmann wrote a review Mar 2020
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Very over rated for the money. We rode in the dome car. Food was fair and staff was great. All we saw were a few pine trees and some other leafless trees. Muddy water and a few creeks along the way. Very poor views WOW saw some goats. Gee that was exciting. On the first leg from
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from TrainGall, Public Relations Manager at Texas State Railroad
Responded Mar 14, 2020
We are sorry that the experience wasn't what you expected. Unfortunately we have to rely on the route built over 100 years ago as to where we carry. The thought of those pioneers, settlers and visionaries is what continues to inspire us to share this story.
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