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All departures of Texas State Railroad now through December 31st will be pulled by our newly-refurbished FP9 locomotive engine. There will be NO steam-powered train rides for the remainder of 2018.

Rare Steam Locomotives
Steam starts May 26, 2018

Rare Steam Locomotives of the Historic Golden Age

Summer means the big boys come out to play. The rare steam locomotives of the historic Golden Age debut alongside the vintage diesel brigade for rail tours throughout the summer season. Launching on May 26, trains depart from the Palestine, Tx depot through June and July.  Steam departures from the Rusk, Tx depot will be in August and September.  Choose from Thursday, Friday or Saturday departures with a few special events sprinkled throughout the busy summer calendar.

In addition to the vintage steam engines that power many of the present-day excursion trains, Texas State Railroad is home to extremely rare Texas & Pacific steam engine #610. Many would consider this massive locomotive a dinosaur, but Texas State Railroad has preserved it as an endangered species to be coddled and protected. The sole survivor of the T&P’s fleet of 70 engines with the 2-10-4 (Texas) wheel arrangement, #610 dignified the rails during the golden age of steam. Its design combined a high-capacity boiler with a modern valve gear and a four-wheeled trailing truck which became the prototype for American steam locomotives and a tribute to American engineering genius.

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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.