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Texas State Railroad

Park Road 76 Highway 84 West, Rusk, TX 75785
+1 855-632-7729
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Great Train Ride

We rode this train with our camping club group of friends, and really enjoyed it. It doesn't go... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Come for the nostalgia of riding behind a real live steam locomotive

If you are coming for loud music and/or to be entertained, forget about it. This ride is for those... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
College Station, 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.
  • Excellent55%
  • Very good28%
  • Average12%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“steam engine” (15 reviews)
“piney woods” (19 reviews)
“train ride” (36 reviews)
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Hours Today: 08:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Park Road 76 Highway 84 West, Rusk, TX 75785
+1 855-632-7729
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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

4  Thank Elmer-Ellis
Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

Both the Palestine and Rusk depots are several miles out of town with no nearby facilities for buying food, etc. We packed Subway sandwiches for a suitable lunch. The train was reasonably comfortable on the day we rode, and it was pulled by a diesel...More

5  Thank skipkilmer
Reviewed 10 April 2017

We camped the day after Christmas 2016 for 5 nights and pretty much had the park to ourselves. The train is not running during this time but we really enjoyed the scenery.

1  Thank Shannon P
Reviewed 9 April 2017

Most people on the trip were expecting a steam locomotive and had no prior information that it would not be. The trip consisted of a journey of about 2 hours in each direction through trees so therefore no scenic views.No one from the company spoke...More

5  Thank maggieandmo2017
Reviewed 4 April 2017

It was pouring down rain and because of the crazy weather in the State of Texas, the Dogwood had bloomed 2 weeks before the ride, but we had a great ride, a wonderful couple from Humble, Texas sat with us, the conversation was lively and...More

Thank Barbara H
Reviewed 29 March 2017

I had heard so much about the Texas State Railroad and I finally had the chance to book a round-trip ride for my husband and myself. Tickets can be bought online but I would recommend calling the ticket office because the attendant is very knowledgeable...More

4  Thank Saadia M
Reviewed 28 March 2017

The train ride itself is pleasant enough, lots of greenery, scenery, dogwoods in blossom. but the one hour stop in Palestine at the train station there was depressing. No restaurant or cafe or ice cream cart. The gift shop was closed.

3  Thank TexasDouglas
Reviewed 20 March 2017

We pre purchased our tickets online, we got a confirmation of our purchase along with detail trip information. Very helpful and informative. We arrived early and picked up our tickets. We were directed where to go and when. The train ride to Palestine was about...More

2  Thank kevwoh
Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

We learned of the Texas State Railroad from the "Tourist train guidebook " and adjusted our route to stay in the Rusk area. We opted for the Lone Star car, and were glad we made that choice. When booking, we found that TSRR has discounts...More

2  Thank lylel2015
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
How long is the stop between legs of the round trip? Long enough for a picnic or just a quick turnaround and head back? Is there anything to do in the area of the stop?
4 October 2016|
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Response from DoloresCheshire | Reviewed this property |
We went to Palestine from Rusk and had a picnic while watching the engine turnaround. There is a restroom and a souvenir shop and a few picnic tables. You really need to take everything for your picnic with you as there is... More
What size cooler will fit beneath the seat on the standard open air car?
29 June 2016|
Response from Tara D | Reviewed this property |
I would say it would have to be sort of small. not much room for the bigger ones for sure. Don't know exact dimensions but I imagine a small box cooler would be OK... definitely not the rolling ones. that would be too big... More