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Texas State Railroad

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Address: Park Road 76 Highway 84 West, Rusk, TX 75785
Phone Number: (903) 683-2561
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The Texas State Railroad, established in 1881, is truly a "Texas...

The Texas State Railroad, established in 1881, is truly a "Texas Treasure!" This historic railroad and camping park offers both steam and diesel train excursions that travel through the scenic piney woods of East Texas. Passengers may board excursion trains at either the Rusk or Palestine depots. The trip takes 1½ hour each way with a 1½ hour lunch layover at the opposite train depot. Operating weekend excursions year-round and special events throughout the year.

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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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THE COLONY, United States
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THE COLONY, United States
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7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week 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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52 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week 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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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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.

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Wichita
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5 of 5 stars 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2016

This is a great place. My family stayed at the Texas State Railroad as well as doing the train ride. Let's start with the campground, it was a good campground but it was more for smaller Rvs then big ones but my family managed to find a spot of our 36' Rv. It was a good shady spot. Now let's... More 

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2016

First of all, everyone working here and on the train were very nice and friendly. The upstairs glass enclosed cars were nice, but for the trip, a little pricey. But the very nice staff made it a good trip. My only wish is that there was something to see when we got to Palestine-I expected some shops or something-but as... More 

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Elm Mott, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016

I arrived July 22nd 2016, a Friday and camped in the campground in the tent section in my 1971 VW Bus. The campground was absolutely beautiful with the tall pines. Seemed they are quite flexible there. No rangers breathing down your neck. But it was "HOT" and so do not recommend camping in July. The train ride was so excellent... More 

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Houston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

We have ridden the train several times and always enjoy the ride. Staff friendly and informative. We rode the open window car which had a nice breeze blowing in the windows. We took sandwiches and ice chest to the Palestine depot where we had a picnic with the grandchildren.

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