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Texas State Railroad

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Texas State Railroad
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“polar express”(33 reviews)
“train ride”(55 reviews)
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...more
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
789 Park Road 70, Palestine, TX 75801
+1 855-632-7729
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We arrived about 40 minutes before our scheduled ride time and parking was a breeze. The train arrived within 10 minutes of us being there so that was nice to hear and see the big train arrive. Getting our tickets was smooth and went really...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 254Kandace
Reviewed 3 days ago

The Polar Express experience is a must-have experience if you have kids who believe. I recommend the 6:30pm train departure time. That way it isn't too late for the kiddos, but it's a dark and so the experience of "going to the North Pole" is...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank RRworldtraveller
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Complete waste of $200. Read the fine print so you don’t get stuck in OPEN AIR coach on a rainy 40 degree night with a miserable 2 and 4 year old because they are FREEZING. To top it off, I was lucky enough to ride...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank ABernatowicz
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had the best time taking our 3 year old grandson on the train ride! It was exactly the right length for his attention span and every second on the ride was filled with entertainment! He loved the conductors especially! Every person we encountered were...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Janice B
Reviewed 1 week ago

We brought our kids on a surprise trip to take the train to the North Pole. The experience was great. The kids had a great time. We would definitely return for another visit, perhaps during the day to see some of the grounds and scenery...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Dan O
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Recently took the grandkids for Polar Express Train ride. Very well planned and great fun with the grandkids

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Robert S
Reviewed 1 week ago

All tickets were sold out for Saturday, but there were plenty available for Sunday on short notice. All of the staff we encountered, from the parking attendants to the cooks on the train, were excellent and made the experience enjoyable. The depot where you boarded...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank PanNan
Reviewed 1 week ago

Love the Texas State Railroad. I have ridden before, but this was my first time riding the Polar Express. My grandchildren loved it. I was disappointed that there weren't more lights and Christmas decorations. The North Pole could use lots of improvement in my opinion.The...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank bglilley
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Polar Express was a fun trip for us. There are always ways to improve but we really enjoyed what we got.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Gail K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Drove 3 hours to get there & it was worth it, but next time we will upgrade and go at night. Coach class included a yummy cookie and hot chocolate, plus Santa with a bell. The cooks were great and let the kids dance in...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Tiffany S
December 16, 2018|
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Response from bglilley | Reviewed this property |
About 4 hours with lunch break.
Trellis T
November 28, 2018|
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Response from TrainGall | Property representative |
We ALL wear our pajamas. That's the best part!
Trellis T
November 28, 2018|
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Response from Phil G | Reviewed this property |
Sorry but I haven't any idea.