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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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kevin d wrote a review Sep 2021
Katy, Texas58 contributions41 helpful votes
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Very nice trip good a ticket in 1st class in the Dome train 🚂. The seats were comfortable but not much leg room especially for a family of 4. The ride was smooth and it was nice going through the woods istings about the history of the railroad and different music. Now my only complaint is the preorder food was horrible. Well at least the burger was. Other than that it was a great day trip and would definitely recommend it to anyone. One little side note is that the adult beverages on the train was definitely watered down but what would you expect. It's more about the experience.
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Date of experience: September 2021
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Jamie C. wrote a review Sep 2021
Alexandria, Louisiana16 contributions1 helpful vote
What a neat way to spend a leisurely day in East Texas! We shared a table with an amazing couple on our trip and enjoyed spending the time with our new friends. The ride was very relaxing, and the pond at the Rusk Depot was a perfect picnic spot. Service was adequate and friendly. The only drawback was the noise level. With the multitude of voices (beautiful as they were), it was hard to hear the historical commentary over the loud speaker. We’ll do this again, for sure.
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Date of experience: September 2021
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K S wrote a review Sep 2021
4 contributions1 helpful vote
Car 42! Joyce was amazing. The ride was beautiful and so relaxing. The car was very comfortable. The air conditioning in in cars works great!!!! Love the story and history. Would love to see them do a Harry Potter hogwarts express train.
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Date of experience: September 2021
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HutchinsK2021 wrote a review Sep 2021
Aledo, Texas82 contributions61 helpful votes
Amazing place ! So much fun & history Rude was so fun, you can investigate the other cars & go out on observation deck well worth it! Book early sells out fast plan to stay the night cute town a few other things to do and see
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Date of experience: September 2021
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travelinggrandma2222 wrote a review Aug 2021
Chattanooga, Tennessee28 contributions
We called and reserved tickets in advance. We were not told the steam engine isn't used for all the trips anymore and we probably wouldn't have went if we knew we weren't going to be able to go on the steam engine. We found that out after we got there. We rode in first class. $54 before taxes etc. The server had an attitude. We didn't buy anything just took our complimentary small soda and snack. She seemed to be put out by that? There was a narrative throughout the trip but although there was a speaker right above us it wasn't loud enough to hear. We mentioned it to the server but I understand she was too busy to do anything about it. I thought it was boring. We just rode through the woods and saw some swamps? Not much else to see. We also didn't order lunch in Rusk. We assumed there would be places to walk around for our hour there. Then we would eat at a restaurant back in Palestine. There was no where to walk or nothing to do but sit at a picnic table until time to get back on the train. There was a lake but it was hot so we sat in the shade. The gift shop had very little selection. I think it was a lot of money for a short train ride through the woods. They said 1 1/2 hrs each way. Not sure how long the ride there was but we were there over an hour. They said the ride back was 1 hr 10 min.
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Date of experience: August 2021
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