History of the Texas State Railroad
When it was originally founded in 1883, the Texas State Railroad hauled raw materials for the smelter at a prison. After regular services of the line ended in 1921, the railroad was later leased to private companies until 1969. Then, it was given to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The railroad was handed over to the Texas State Railroad Authority in 2007 where it now operates as a super exciting scenic tourist line!
Take the Journey
Part of the journey is the beginning! That’s why the Texas State Railroad has made both of their depots so much fun! Guests get to be a part of the hustle and bustle of a real train station. An essential part of the journey is spending time at the depot before departure. The actual ride is like taking a step into an old movie. Narration throughout the journey teaches guests the history of the railroad while they enjoy the ride!
Take on this neat family adventure that goes back in time for a four-hour journey complete with food, beverages, and entertainment for everyone! Seven different accommodations are offered to savor the Texas State Railroad experience: caboose, presidential, observation dome, first-class, and open-air coach. Guests can also enjoy a first-hand conductor encounter up in the cab when they choose the locomotive ride-along! There is also a concession car with all the snacks you can dream of.
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Planning a Visit?
Visit The Texas State Railroad at the Palestine Depot 789 Park Road 70, Palestine, TX 75801, or the Rusk Depot at 535 Park Road 76, Rusk, Texas 75785. You can give them a call at (855) 632-7729 or send them an email at email@example.com for more information!