Texas State Railroad
Texas State Railroad
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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NativeHoustonian40
Houston, TX16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
Fun to be taken back in time aboard the train, even with social distancing measures. Our hostess, Joyce, in the Presidential 42 car was fantastic and very knowledgeable. We enjoyed the wine from Red 55 Winery in nearby Lindale which is owned by Miranda Lambert’s parents. We had booked the other Presidential car which includes an outdoor platform for $10 more, but they switched our ticket without notification. Still trying to get a refund, but enjoyed the trip nonetheless.
Written October 18, 2020
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Thank you for sharing. We hope this was resolved to your satisfaction.
Written January 24, 2021
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ls1202
Dallas, TX190 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
My grown daughters and 13 year old grandaughter travelled to East Texas for a quick getaway. Many of the positive reviews here are spot on. So, I'll focus on a surprise they had in store. On the way back from Rusk our train was "robbed" by a bunch of ruffians in old west dress. The train was stopped and these ruffians came on board the train. They "bound" our wonderful car hostess, Joyce. Waved around their fake guns and spent about 15 minutes on the train. It was all in great fun. Everybody was laughing and carrying on and having a great time. They finally freed Joyce so she could bring us our drinks! They have beer, wine and some very good mixed drinks as well as soft drinks. We rode in the 1st class accommodations which are padded bench seats and a good sized table between them. We played cards a bit and just relaxed and visited on our way to Rusk.
Written March 15, 2020
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Thank you so much for sharing your experience. Joyce is one of the most valuable jewels we have at Texas State Railroad. It's a good thing they released her.
Written March 30, 2020
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282melindap
Denton, TX123 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Enjoyed the train ride from Palestine to Rusk, and back to Palestine. Recommend pre-purchasing the lunch meal, there is time to eat during the break between train rides. Great experience for couples, children, and/or grandparents too. Excellent adventure for all ages.
Written May 29, 2023
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rsmk107
Texas Gulf Coast, TX6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
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.
Written April 3, 2021
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Michele B
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
The car crew was great. Lunch was terrible, only sweet tea and water to drink and by the time we got our food there was only sweet tea left. Food was very limited in choices and none were for me. Maybe ate a third of the lunch served. It would have been nice to know the menu before hand. Trip itself was nice.
Written March 20, 2023
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Eliza52
Bryan, TX77 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Trainride was OK but not something to write home about. Scenery was basically nothing but trees. There was a pre-recorded guide pointing out the historical sites but it was not synched with what we were seeing at the time. A wide variety of loud music piped in which made it difficult to carry on a conversation. We were in the premium car and the air conditioner quit 10 minutes into the trip while it was 101 degrees outside at 11AM. They did get it fixed after 30 minutes, but it never adequately recovered and hence was mostly hot and sticky for the next 4 hours. We were also halted for about 30 minutes due to a tree that had fallen on the tracks. Lunch at the Rusk depot was pre-packaged, gas-station quality sandwiches that were handed out from a mobile trailer. The 1 bright point was Krissy, the attendant who waited on us during the ride. She was excellent and fun to talk with.
Written June 24, 2022
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Jon G
Dallas, Texas, United States25 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
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.
Written April 12, 2021
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dwayneb777
Houston, TX18 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
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.
Written August 7, 2021
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Della Borel Floyd
Dallas, TX1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
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.
Written June 25, 2021
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Irene D
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Family
This experience was 1 of a kind! M kids loved it. Might consider making it a family tradition! The whole experience was great from the minute we got on the train o the minute we got off. Loved the staff! they were so friendly, Santa, the train conductor were all so nice. They let us take pictures! 5*'s for sure!
Written November 28, 2021
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