Hollywood in the Piney Woods
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 music videos, the Railroad has played a prominent role in the film making since the 1970s. The Great Debaters starring Denzel Washington, O Brother, Where Art Thou? with George Clooney and John Goodman, and Rough Riders featuring Tom Berenger and Sam Elliot are just a few of the many filmed on location. NBC also filmed the popular television show Revolution along the route.
Originally installed by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the Rusk Depot’s movie theatre features a short film on the history of the communities, rail line, locomotives and running stock that make up the train consist. During select evenings when the campground is operable, movies filmed on the Texas State Railroad are featured.