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Texas State Railroad

Rusk, TX, USA
About Texas State Railroad
At Texas State Railroad tradition meets comfort and adventure for the whole family. The ride includes comfortable seating, food and beverage service and historic narration on a rail journey that whisks you back into another century. The casual grace of train travel never goes out of style. From the moment one steps aboard a vintage 1920’s car, the excitement of being on the rails is exhilarating. This three-hour train ride, with an hour-and-one-half layover either in Rusk or Palestine, takes passengers on a 25-mile journey through a State Park and 125 years of history. Celebrated steam or vintage diesel locomotives are the muscle that pulls the consist of cars representing a bygone form of notable travel.
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dwayneb777 wrote a review Aug 2021
Houston, Texas8 contributions11 helpful votes
Would not recommend this train ride. When you book tickets and show up with expectations of having a nice couch to sit on and end up with an uncomfortable chair at a table for two and paid the same pricee as those with the couches Not what I expected. Pass this one up and find something to do that is not so misleading.
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Date of experience: August 2021
2 Helpful votes
Della Borel Floyd wrote a review Jun 2021
Dallas, Texas1 contribution1 helpful vote
This is the worst trip ever. There’s nothing to see except swamps, trees, bushes and more swamps and more trees and bushes. No type of site seeing, flowers or anything of interest. I rate this trip a 0. It’s terrible! Train ride was good but nothing else.
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Date of experience: June 2021
1 Helpful vote
Jon G wrote a review Apr 2021
Dallas, Texas, United States23 contributions
My wife and our 2 young boys camped here in April of 2021 for 3 nights along with some friends and we had a good time. We did not ride the train. The park really is beautiful with the towering pines trees and the lake. The train chugging slowly through the park adds to the mystique. It's a wonderful park for a day visit, for fishing, relaxing and a picnic, and we want to return some day to ride the train. The reason for my "Average" review is because of the campground, which was just okay. For the price, the camping area really needs some updates. The picnic tables were old and need to be updated or replaced. Some of the campsites were somewhat overgrown by the trees. There was standing water in some places. In one campsite, the fire ring was sitting in standing water. We were disappointed that the splash pad was not working as our toddler would have loved to run around in the water and the weather was hot enough for the splash pad to be turned on. The bathrooms were workable, but there was no warm or hot water in the shower. Also, we found some broken glass in our campsite as well as Coke bottle tops and there was a large fire ant hill near the tent pad. Otherwise, be aware that if you camp here you'll be very close to the highway and the trucks barreling down the highway are rather loud at night. All that said, none of this really detracted from quality family time. We will definitely visit the park again, but probably won't camp here again.
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Date of experience: April 2021
rsmk107 wrote a review Apr 2021
Texas Gulf Coast, Texas6 contributions1 helpful vote
Fun trip. Very relaxing. Out host Joyce was informative and attentive. Would highly recommend you ask what car she is working when reserving your tickets. Everything from rail cars to stations very clean and well kept.
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Date of experience: April 2021
fairclothjd wrote a review Dec 2020
Cleveland, Texas67 contributions31 helpful votes
Quiet and relaxing park. We visited in December so it may not be as quiet in the summer but the campground stayed fairly full during our stay. We were traveling with another family and enjoyed our 3 nights here with teens and pre-teens. The campground roads are fairly narrow with trees near the edges so watch closely if you are in a larger rig. As other reviewers have mentioned many of the sites are not big rig friendly but there are several that are. The office will provide a list of site lengths to help narrow down your choice. The biggest negative if you are in a big rig is that since the sites are first come first serve, there is no guarantee that the larger sites won't be occupied. Nevertheless, we arrived early on Friday and were able to find two adjacent sites that were suitable for our 36ft fifth wheels. Pros - Peaceful wooded atmosphere - Plenty of space in center wooded/grassy area for kids to play - Free WiFi works surprisingly well - Plenty of room for casual walks. Nice trail around the lake. Cons - Few sites are level. Most have a significant front to back slope. - Bathrooms were not very clean or modern. - Many of the picnic tables could use a refurbishing.
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Date of experience: December 2020
Response from TrainGall, Public Relations Manager at Texas State Railroad
Responded Jan 24, 2021
Thank you so much for sharing this information.
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