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Texas State Railroad

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Address: Park Road 76 Highway 84 West, Rusk, TX 75785
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+1 903-683-2561

The Texas State Railroad offers rides with something for everyone! Holidays...

The Texas State Railroad offers rides with something for everyone! Holidays rides for the kids includes an Easter Egg Express, Pumpkin Patch Ride and our popular THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride. Our dinner or brunch trains let our guests savor a delicious meal served with a moving view. A new dining option this year, the Pullman Table, features gold standard rail service and farm-to-table menus that highlight local agriculture and wines. So climb aboard, your ride is ready!

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Polar Express train ride with son, daughter and 2 granddaughters

This was the first time I had been on the Polar Express train. The employees on the train and at the train station were VERY nice and attentive to us. There was something going on... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed November 30, 2016
Vicki M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2016

This was the first time I had been on the Polar Express train. The employees on the train and at the train station were VERY nice and attentive to us. There was something going on the WHOLE 1 1/2 hour round trip from being served cookies, hot chocolate, listening to the story from the movie, the conductor punching the girls... More 

Thank Vicki M
Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2016

How often have you wondered what it was like to ride the rails of yore? If so, you don't want to miss riding the Texas State Railroad. You'll enjoy a vintage steam or diesel locomotive, period cars, and a ride you won't soon forget! This trip through Texas' Piney Woods will leave you wanting more. Do yourself, your friends, and... More 

Thank JoeHoustonTraveller
Medicine Park, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2016

We drove 5 hours to ride this train November 4, 2016. We had hoped to see the beautiful Fall colors BUT.....everything was still green. That's Mother Nature's fault, not the railroads. It was a fun comfortable train ride. Ordered beer - they told us there were 2 choices (nothing I had ever heard of) but delivered only one kind....they were... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016

We booked 4 tickets for the AC compartment of the train. After boarding the train, we had to wait 20 minutes, during which the cold AC beat down on us and made my whole family get sick. The train ride in October is not scenic at all, we just passed by a bunch of barren trees. The only good part... More 

1 Thank Alisa T
McKinney, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016

We have wanted to take this ride and got a discount deal online. The weather was perfect and we luckily opted for one of the two open cars. There is air conditioning in the more pricey cars and people were moving out of the non-air conditioned closed car. We were too early for much Fall color and it's not particularly... More 

2 Thank TomRuthWilliams
Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016

If the thought of riding a train excites you, you will enjoy this trip. Our family of four (including two kids aged 4 and 16 months) loved the journey. We took the Piney Woods Excursion from Palestine to Rusk. It took about 1h15 minutes each way plus a 40 minute stopover. Some reviewers seemed disappointed with seeing the Piney Woods... More 

1 Thank Rtwer2007
Paris, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016 via mobile

It's been years since we road this train so we took advantage of a Friday off to look at fall foliage. This being East Texas, fall foliage doesn't amount to much but it was a wonderful fall day. We opted for the diamond seating and we're glad we did. The upper deck view is much better than in the other... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

A leisure ride on the train, I have never been on a train so this was pleasant. Weather was perfect and made the 3 hour ride enjoyable.

1 Thank Stephanie A
The Woodlands, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2016 via mobile

First of all let me say I found all the staff very friendly. I saw people asking them questions and they seemed to give good customer service. They served drinks, including alcohol and snacks. Now for the trip. I'd read somewhere about there being great views and to take a camera to capture them. All I saw for 90% of... More 

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THE COLONY, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2016

The restoration of Engine 7 was beautiful to behold. Our party of four set in the Lone Star Seating Car. All you can drink soft drinks and water for free and all you can eat Chex Party Mix. To me the Box Lunches are a waste of money. The train travels 30 miles one way and 30 miles back on... More 

2 Thank Paul S

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