Texas State Railroad

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O V E R V I E W
Facility:Texas State Railroad
Description:Since 1896, trains have rolled along the Texas State Railroad (TSRR), passing through the beautiful pineywoods and rolling hardwood creek bottoms of East Texas. Today, the historic state railroad is still maintained as a fully self-contained railroad system. Its train crews maintain and operate 4 steam engines, 4 antique diesel locomotives, and a complete steam engine restoration shop; while its track crew maintains over 25 miles of track and 24 bridges.

Passengers may board the historic trains at either Rusk or Palestine. Both ends of the line have turn-of-the-century style train stations. The trip takes 1 1/2 hours to reach the opposite station. Once visitors have arrived, they have an hour to enjoy lunch, browse through the park's train store, ride paddle boats, or take a short nature hike. Passengers then reboard for the return trip home. The State Park's 50-mile, round-trip steam engine excursions take 4 hours.

Call in advance to make reservations and confirm train schedule. The website has specific directions to the stations.
A D D R E S S
Address 1:P.O. BOX 39
Address 2:
City:Rusk
State/Province:TX
Zip Code:75785
V I S I T I N G   I N F O
Hours:Office Hours: M-F 8-5
Admission:$20 - adult, $14 - children
Telephone:1 (866) 729-5543
Website:http://www.texasstaterailroad.com/
R E V I E W S
Jackie Penn, Co-op Member
This trip is a little pricey, but if you or your kids have never ridden on a steam engine, then do this one. You can go one way or round trip. The train passes through pine and heard wood forest. The conductor will speak off and on about sites along the way. You stop to get off and picnic at the lake before boarding for the return trip. Some kids might be a little bored on the return trip because they will see the exact same thing they saw on the way up. Caution, they will try to sell the kiddos goodies while you are traveling--a train whistle, food, drinks...
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