• Starlight Train Ride East Texas

All train rides currently depart from the PALESTINE, TX train depot.
From August 22 through October 26 the train departs from the Rusk, TX train depot.

Date Night StarlightTrain Rides
June 7 kicks off Friday night date nights!

Friday Night – Romance on the Rails

On summer Friday evenings, it’s not just the stars that come out to play in Texas. 

As the sun slips behind the pine curtain, cool air sweeps through the branches signaling to passengers on Texas State Railroad’s evening excursion that the luminous moon-kissed skies will guide the way on for romance on the rails

Pints in the Pines

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.

Pints in the Pines is an adult-only event taking place onboard select Friday evening train rides this summer. The excursion departs the Palestine, TX depot and travels roundtrip to Rusk and back. This special event accommodation options include pampering in either First Class, the Upper Dome Car, Presidential or even the privately-chartered Caboose.

2019 Schedule

June 7                   6:00 p.m.                July 19                  6:00 p.m.

Texas State Railroad’s very own “Summerfest 2019” also will include a souvenir tasting glass for each participant. 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.

A mouthwatering barbecue dinner, included in the price of your ticket, will be served at the Rusk depot. Iced tea, soda, water or coffee is included with the meal. All beers sampled onboard the train, along with other alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, will be available for purchase.

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.

Wines in the Pines

Wine in the Pines combines the natural romance of the rails with the deep flavors of wine and chocolate, making the senses work overtime while the rest of the body is relaxed and refreshed.

These adult-only highly exclusive Friday evening train ride offers passengers the merriment of wine and chocolate under the ambience of a star-studded skyscape. One of the secrets of this journey is the transition from day to night … sort of like white to red wine and milk to dark chocolate. This event will include a selection of Texas wines enhanced by complementary snacks during the outbound train journey.

2019 Schedule

June 28              6:00 p.m.                  August 9            6:00 p.m.

This special event accommodation options include pampering in either First Class, the Upper Dome Car, Presidential or even the privately-chartered Caboose.

A mouthwatering barbecue dinner, included in the price of your ticket, will be served at the Rusk depot. Iced tea, soda, water or coffee is included with the meal. All wines sampled onboard the train, along with other alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, will be available for purchase.

The return excursion, featuring a variety of luxurious chocolates, allows ample time for all wine lovers to savor a full serving of their favorite blend, comparing notes and sharing stories with friends and loved ones.

Anyone consuming alcohol aboard Texas State Railroad must be 21 years or older.

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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.