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From the moment your party steps on-board one of our handsomely refurbished train cars, they’ll feel like they’ve been transported to a simpler, more leisurely time where the distractions and of our modern world suddenly disappear. Breathe deep, enjoy a drink and relax as you lose yourself on a round-trip, four-hour, 25-mile rail journey through the Piney Woods of East Texas where history is just part of the journey. And, the best news? Our horsepower won’t give you saddle sores.

ABOARD THE TRAIN

Unplug for a tradition that merges comfort and adventure for the whole family. The ride includes comfortable seating, food and adult beverage service, and historic narration on a rail journey that whisks you back into another century.

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Texas State Railroad Steam Train

AT THE DEPOT

Whether departing from Palestine or Rusk, you will enjoy the historic surroundings and learn about the communities that built the railroad. Both depots have interesting storyboards and displays about the rise of railroading in East Texas. The gift shops have memorabilia, clothing and gifts exclusive to Texas State Railroad.

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ON THE RAILS

Plan to leave your mobile and gaming devices behind. Sit next to someone you love and someone who loves you. Enjoy the comradery, the friendship, the closeness that can only happen on a train … and encounter a little time travel along the way.

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Movies filmed Piney Woods East Texas

HOLLYWOOD IN THE PINES

Texas State Railroad is embedded in American moving picture culture, having been featured in over 30 big-screen movies, television series, special productions, documentaries, commercials and songs.

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CAMPGROUND AT RUSK DEPOT

Nestled in the Piney Woods near Rusk, the campground offers the exclusive experience of staying onsite at a historic railroad. Camper have access to depot amenities which include dining, gift shop and movie theater.

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Virtual
Non-profit
Christian
Jewish
Non-Denominational
Boarding
Montessori
Private
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Boarding
Academic
Adventure
Arts
Baseball
Basketball
Boating
Camping
Cheerleading
Cooking
Dance
Fencing
Fishing
Football
Golf
Hiking
Horseback Riding
LaCrosse
Music
Rugby
Skiing/Snowboarding
Soccer
Softball
Sports
Surfing
Swimming
Technology
Tennis
Theater
Track
Volleyball
Special Needs
Wheelchair Accessible
Memberships Available
Memberships Required
Reservations Accepted
Dogs Allowed
Financial Assistance
Scholarships Available
Ages 5 & under
Ages 5-10
Ages 11-13
Ages 14+
Grades K-12