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Texas State Railroad

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Address: Park Road 76 Highway 84 West, Rusk, TX 75785
Phone Number: +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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The Journey IS the Destination

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Dallas, Texas
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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 

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Paris, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW 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 1 week ago

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.

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The Woodlands, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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 

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The Colony, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

WE arrived at the Depot in Rusk a little early, picked up our tickets that we had ordered online and joined the others waiting to board the train. What a sight to see, was the awesome steam train pulling the cars we would ride in behind. Before the train left we were allowed to take a short tour of the... More 

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The Woodlands, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

The train ride was really great (especially in the spring). We sat in the open car without windows and took some beautiful pictures. We did have a few issues, but we definitely recommend it. The morning we went on our train ride it was unbelievably cold, 40 degrees, but on the train without windows it felt like 35 degrees. Luckily... More 

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Humble, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016

We booked diamond class it was really pricey but you get a really conformable seat, table, Chex mix and unlimited soda. You can also bring a small cooler of food. You can eat it on the train or at the picnic area when the train stops. Being diamond class you have access to the entire train. You can walk though... More 

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Houston Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016 via mobile

We so enjoyed our trip. This is very expensive but we made lots of family memories. The crew was fun and informative. We would do this again, perhaps yearly, especially the "Christmas " run, but the expense will prohibit that. Maybe if more people enjoyed this unique event, the costs would be more affordable.

Thank sojourners2
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2016 via mobile

Just spent a wonderful afternoon with family and old/new friends on a vintage train thru the piney woods of East Texas. This was an absolute delight, the staff of the Texas State Railroad Association are a great bunch of folks to deal with from the phone ticket agent / supervisor (Debbie) to whom we made numerous phone calls to with... More 

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