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Texas State Railroad

Park Road 76 Highway 84 West, Rusk, TX 75785
+1 855-632-7729
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Beer in the Pines

Saturday (Oct 7th) was the first beer tasting trip, adult only, of the Texas State Railroad. We... read more

Reviewed 9 October 2017
j m
A Step Back in Time

Thoroughly enjoyed the vintage train excursion from Palestine to Rusk and back. First class... read more

Reviewed 5 October 2017
Klein, United States
via mobile
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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.
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good29%
  • Average12%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Park Road 76 Highway 84 West, Rusk, TX 75785
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Reviewed 9 October 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

1  Thank j m
Reviewed 5 October 2017 via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed the vintage train excursion from Palestine to Rusk and back. First class accommodations were comfortable and the attendant (Joyce) delightful. Being able to ride in air conditioned comfort and enjoy any open air car was a plus. The hour layover in Rusk is...More

Thank I9442OProbertr
Reviewed 28 September 2017

We have not ridden the Polar Express yet, but today I was going to buy tickets for our family of 5 (which was expensive) then realized I have to purchase one more for an even number of seats. This is a little ridiculous. We will...More

Thank Tricia C
Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

Riding the train is not cheap, but there have been a lot of other changes besides the price increase which can be expected in business. We rode on a Friday and the train was not that crowded. Since it used to be part of the...More

1  Thank justvisiting256
Reviewed 7 August 2017

First time to ride..the station is great..ok snacks...train was nice...I had upgraded and enjoyed a great story telling hostess...travel was last year after flooding and the trackbed had been damaged so could not get to Palestine...route is pretty straight...vistas are nearby and good East Texas...More

Thank texastraveller77
Reviewed 11 July 2017

We had a wonderful time on the train. We booked seats in the First Class car. Spent most of the time in there and then realized the great breeze in the open air car. It was just the right amount of time for the ride....More

2  Thank Patricia C
Reviewed 6 July 2017

This gift was so much fun, and very interesting. We learned about the history of the engine, this Presidential car with its fabulous furnishings. It was really exciting to go up into the engine, and to hear the sounds of this awesome steam engine. We...More

1  Thank TexasJimNo1
TrainGall, Public Relations Manager at Texas State Railroad, responded to this reviewResponded 7 July 2017

We would like to thank Donna as well. We appreciate that you chose Texas State Railroad to spend time together. We are very proud of our newly renovated Presidential Car. We hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 3 July 2017

We had a wonderful time. Our Grandson met Santa for the first time. the ride was just the right length for younger children. The servers shared the giant sized book as the story was told over a speaker. During lots of music the kids were...More

1  Thank beckytgay53
Reviewed 15 June 2017

We rode this train with our camping club group of friends, and really enjoyed it. It doesn't go very far, but is a lot of fun. There does need to be a better place for lunch, to allow people to have a place to buy...More

Thank Ridinsmily
Reviewed 27 May 2017

If you are coming for loud music and/or to be entertained, forget about it. This ride is for those who want to re-live riding behind a real steam locomotive. The engine was a superb Alco Mikado (that is a 2-8-2 configuration for the steam buffs)....More

5  Thank Elmer-Ellis
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12 November 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.
15 August 2017|
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Response from TexasJimNo1 | Reviewed this property |
We were able to buy a barbeque plate there.
4 October 2016|
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Response from TexasJimNo1 | Reviewed this property |
Yes plenty of time, and you can buy a lunch there in Palestine.