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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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Great Campground, Great Train Ride and Great People

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
piddlingrandpa
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Elm Mott, Texas
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Elm Mott, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It was incredible to get to ride this train. It took about one hour to get from Rusk to Palestine. About another hour to get back from Palestine to Rusk.You get to see how beautiful the area is. Lots of trees and creeks.

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1 Thank Richard V
Austin Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have enjoyed he Pavillion and Lake its peaceful and beautiful when everything is blooming. I would recommend a picnic and enjoy the afternoon early evening just relaxing. We will enjoy the train ride next time! The train depot is nice and has a lot of photos and information about the history of the Texas State Railroad and there's a... More 

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1 Thank KPALO2011
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3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016

We did not get to go the whole trip due to bad weather. They did not contacts to let us know so we paid full price for only half trip

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Thank Jimmy P
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016 via mobile

Had a great time. Friendly staff. Was disappointed that we couldn't go all the way to Palestine because of the flooding, but had fun just the same. We will come back this summer to take the grandkids. I want to camp inside the park the next time. Very pretty park. Great place to take kids.

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Thank Auntpony
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016

We took the Saturday train ride from Rusk to around the Milepost 20. The rest of the trip to Palestine could not be completed due to a washout. We did know this in advance of our trip as we received a phone call from Texas State Railroad informing us of the change. We chose the open air car #72 for... More 

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1 Thank William M
Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2016

Didn't know till we were 3/4 through the ride that we wouldn't be going to Palestine as the track was washed out with recent storms. A lot of folks brought picnic lunches thinking they would take a break in Palestine. Their web site and face book page say nothing about the washout, and no mention of it even when we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016 via mobile

Took family from the Age of 58 to 2 and all of us had a great time. Went on a day when part of the rail was flooded out. They called in advance and offered a refund, change the date or go to the Rusk Station. They delayed the train so people could still drive to Rusk. So glad we... More 

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Tomball, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016 via mobile

My 2-1/2 year old loves trains and I remembered the experience of taking this train ride during my childhood so I booked us tickets and my family made it a day trip from the Houston area. We booked the 4 hr round trip starting from Palestine. The weather was excellent this time of year so the ride was very comfortable... More 

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