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Texas State Railroad

Park Road 76 Highway 84 West, Rusk, TX 75785
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Remember the original Texas State Railroad

The ride was the same as 20 years ago, which at the time did not have air conditioned cars. There... read more

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A TripAdvisor Member
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Great Experience

Both my husband and I love trains. Having the opportunity to ride a steam engine, we were not... read more

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Barbara M
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Grapevine, Texas
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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.
  • Excellent52%
  • Very good29%
  • Average13%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“steam engine” (17 reviews)
“train ride” (40 reviews)
“boxed lunch” (6 reviews)
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Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Park Road 76 Highway 84 West, Rusk, TX 75785
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A TripAdvisor Member
San Antonio, Texas
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The ride was the same as 20 years ago, which at the time did not have air conditioned cars. There were fewer stream locomotives as in the past(only one train from one direction). We lucked out with a steam locomotive, for other reviews had a...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Both my husband and I love trains. Having the opportunity to ride a steam engine, we were not disappointed! From the moment we arrived at the station in Palestine, we were greeted with excellent service, the opportunity to purchase donuts and coffee. We were also...More

Thank Barbara M
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Rode the steam train from Palestine to Rusk and back. My husband and I were not very impressed with the scenery. The magazine ad said a ride in the piney woods and they're wasn't much along the way to look at except overgrown brush and...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We definately enjoyed our train ride in the air conditioned first class car. Miss Joyce was a wonderful guide/ hostess...you must ask for her..she's great!! Free champaign or leaves are changing and cool crisp air outdoors. It would be nice to sell more items geared...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I’ll admit being in an unairconditioned car during an unseasonably hot Texas May didn’t help, but there were other issues. From reading reviews, I understand you used to be able to bring your own food onboard - even pack a picnic lunch to eat when...More

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Reviewed May 7, 2018

My son and his family were if visiting and I was looking for something Different and exciting to do (to keep the 3 grand kids busy). After a little research I choose the Texas State Railroad. Needless to say, the kids were impressed with the...More

Thank bflip
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Reviewed March 22, 2018

We camped overnight near the Rusk Depot. The grounds were nice, but there were a lot of ant hills near our site to be careful of. The bathrooms weren't super clean but usable. The train ride was fun, though it really is just a train...More

1  Thank deb0217
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Reviewed March 16, 2018 via mobile

This is a great outing for folks who would like to experience a train ride. The staff were helpful and friendly. Be aware that there is only a Depot in Palestine. You are not close to town or shopping. The Depot serves lunch items and...More

2  Thank Kathryn K
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Reviewed February 10, 2018 via mobile

We were meeting up with friends and needed a place to meet. We RV camped. And spend our week taking day trips to to local towns. Palestine, Nacogdoches,Tyler and Rusk. The park was a central location. The camp grounds where clean and well maintained and...More

Thank Elaine P
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Reviewed October 9, 2017

Saturday (Oct 7th) was the first beer tasting trip, adult only, of the Texas State Railroad. We started out at the Rusk station in Rusk Texas and tasted different kinds of local brewed beers as the train rolled towards the Palestine station. When we got...More

3  Thank j m
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Karen C
May 30, 2018|
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You can only eat at the Rusk Depot...
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Isai C
May 15, 2018|
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Response from TrainGall | Property representative |
The entire experience is 4 hours. Based on our calendar you choose a departure depot of either Palestine or Rusk and most trains depart at 10:00 a.m. The ride is approximately 1.5 hours to the other train depot. During a... More
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ritacallas
November 11, 2017|
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Response from Elmer-Ellis | Reviewed this property |
I have not heard about free tickets. I know at Rusk they have a platform for boarding the train and I believe it is also at Palastine so wheelchairs should fair just fine.
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