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MaydelleTurntable Runs
May 2 & 16, 2019

Maydelle “Educational” Turntable Runs

May 2 and 16 at 11:00 a.m.

Texas State Railroad offers school groups a fun and educational outing on short runs from Rusk to the Maydelle turntable.

This rare example of railroad technology demonstrates how a steam locomotive was turned around, using only compressed air, over 130 years ago. Acquired by the Texas State Railroad in 1981, the turntable was originally built in the late 1890s by the St. Louis and San Francisco (Frisco) Railroad located in Paris, Texas. Starting in 1902, it served a six-stall roundhouse at their Paris rail yard.

Children’s fares start at $10 and a $5 sack lunch is available for these educational runs. Reservations for the entertaining but all-the-while educational experience can be booked online. Please call 855-632-7729 to speak with one of our guest specialists to secure a “large” group reservation.

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Because of special, incidental or consequential situations that may be out of our control, Texas State Railroad reserves the right to adjust our operation between the date of your booking and the day of departure. These changes could include (but not be limited to): locomotive power for the day, passenger car assignments, layover and/or meal time during the four-hour ride and departure and/or arrival times. Thanking you in advance for your consideration.