Saturday Night Romance on the Rails
The Piney Woods comes alive with the luminous glow of moon-kissed skies on this popular Starlight train rides offered on select weekend evenings.
The romance of the rails is enhanced as daylight gives way to twilight. The late evening return to the depot reveals a plethora of romantically twinkling stars across the broad Texas sky.
With the path of the train miles from the lights of the nearest towns, the skies will be dark enough to see even some of the fainter constellations not seen from the city. Experience the the velvety, inky dark of a waning moon combined with the total absence of city lights.
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Pints in the Pines: Beer-Tasting Tours
What could be better than sampling Texas-brewed beers aboard a historic train as it travels the Piney Woods of the Lone Star State? Savor the rich flavors of an amber harvest while drinking in the scenery and leisurely pace of a train ride.
This event will include a variety of local ales complemented by zesty beer snacks during the outbound train journey. Frothy favorites ranging from light, summery Kolsch and wheat-rich Hefeweizen to high-octane lagers and IPAs, from coppery-red Scotch ales to dark stouts and chocolate porters, these craft beers may have German roots but all are produced in Texas breweries.
Texas State Railroad’s very own version of “Oktoberfest” will include a souvenir tasting glass for each participant and dinner during the stopover in Palestine. The return excursion to Rusk allows ample time for all craft beer lovers to savor a full serving of their favorite brew, comparing notes and sharing stories with friends and loved ones.
Anyone consuming alcohol aboard Texas State Railroad must be 21 years or older.
Pints in the Pines takes place on board the train as it travels between Rusk and Palestine, and back, in select cars. Event accommodation options include pampering in First Class, the Presidential Car or even the privately-chartered Caboose.