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Texas State RailroadFAQS

Ticket Pricing

Click here to see 2018 pricing.


Can the train accommodate groups?

Yes.  A group discount is available for groups of 20 seats or more.  In addition to the discount, for every 20 paid for seats, one complimentary seat will be provided.

A deposit of 25% of the total group fare is due 60 days prior to the ride date. The balance is due two weeks prior to departure. In the event travel is booked less than 30 days from the ride date, the total group fare is due upon receipt of agreement. A credit card will need to be provided in case a check has not been received within the allowed time, or the contact person is traveling and unable to make a timely payment. The deposit will not be refunded if the reservation is cancelled less than 30 days from scheduled departure date.

Group rates are NOT available for special events. 

Where does the train go?

The Texas State Railroad whisks passengers back in time to when steam locomotives were king and diesel power was in its infancy. The train travels along the gently rolling hills of the Piney Woods and passes over 24 bridges … one over 1,000 feet long. Unusual railroad structures, such as the locomotive turntable located midway, dot the historic route.

When does the train leave the depot?

Most trains depart at either 10:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m. Please check the schedule here.

Plan to arrive one hour prior to your scheduled departure time in order to take photographs of the engine, positioned strategically in front of the train depot.

If it looks like rain or snow does the train still run?


How long is the ride?

Approximately four hours, round-trip. You are on the train for 1.5 hours arriving at your destination depot with one hour for lunch and shopping, reboarding for a 1.5 hour return ride.

What time should we arrive at the train station?

Please arrive one hour prior to your schedule train departure time.  The train accommodates over 300 passengers, all of whom are parking, using restrooms, picking up their tickets, browsing the gift shop, ordering lunch and visiting the museum. The train boards about 20 minutes prior to departure so we ask that you allow sufficient time.

Is there food for purchase?

The Mail Car Café is located at the Rusk depot. Lunch is available for purchase at either depot, during train ride.  See our full menu here

Appetizers are included in the Caboose, the Presidential Car and First Class. Any class is welcome to purchase snacks from the concession car.

Can I take my own food and beverage on board?

No outside food or beverage is permitted. If you have dietary restrictions, please inquire about alternate considerations.

Are reservations required?

Yes. Reservations are highly recommended as many trains sell out in advance.

Can different families, with individually online-booked reservations, be seated together?

Yes. These reservations can be booked separately online, but someone must call (855-632-7729) to confirm you would like to sit together in the same car.  A request made the day of travel will be considered but cannot be guaranteed.

Reservations with odd numbers of tickets

Our seating is configured in even numbers. To ensure that an odd number of people in your party do sit together, you might want to consider purchasing an additional seat.

Is the train offered year-round and what days do you run?

Yes. Please see our schedule here.

Payment/Cancellation Policy

Your credit card will be charged for the full amount within 24 hours of receiving your booking.

Our cancellation policy is:

  • A full refund is given if cancelled for any reason 48 hours prior to your ride.
  • If cancelled within 48 hours before departure, you may rebook to another date without penalty.
  • Cancellations outside this policy and no-shows are not refunded. You may rebook to another date without penalty.

Can I smoke on-board the train?

We are a non-smoking facility and train. At the train depots, smoking receptacles are available 20 feet away from any entry door.

Do we get off the train?

Yes, there is a beautifully designed and decorated depot at each end of our train track. Whether departing from Rusk or Palestine there is a one hour lunch break before the return trip.

Is Texas State Railroad wheelchair accessible?

We have wheelchair accessibility in both coach and first-class but most motorized chairs/ scooters exceed the width/weight limit acceptable for space allowance aboard the coaches.

Guests may utilize personal manual wheelchairs as long as the width is no wider than 32 inches. We can provide, at no charge, a manual wheelchair. These wheelchairs have a weight limit of 250 lbs.

Whether using your own wheelchair, or requesting the use of ours, please mention there is a wheelchair in the reservation when calling so the party will be seated in one of our accessible cars.

There are ADA restrooms in accessible cars.

Does the train allow strollers or car seats?

No. Infants must be held in your lap or a body carrier.  Toddlers and small children must be under adult supervision at all times.

Are there bathrooms?


Is the train heated and/or air-conditioned?

Not all cars on this historic train ride are climate-controlled.  Please visit our “Aboard the Train” page to read more about each class or one of our informative customer service agents can answer your questions when you call 855-632-7729.

Are pets allowed?

No pets of any kind are permitted.

Service Animal – (Texas State Railroad is in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and permits services animals in the facility. Please refer to Texas Code 121.002 “Service animals: rights of individuals with disabilities; violation; classification definitions” within Texas State Legislature. The state of Texas only recognizes a canine as a service animal. Service animal does not include other species of animals, whether wild or domestic or trained or untrained. Service animals must be under the control of the owner at all times and should remain on a leash or harness at all times. Texas State Railroad reserves the right to disallow a service animal from entering buildings, or certain areas within, as defined in code 121.002).


Are firearms allowed?

No.  Firearms are not allowed inside the depot or on the train.

If I pay for a coach ticket, can I go into first-class to get appetizers and alcohol?

No. There is a concession car onboard the train where you can purchase snacks throughout the trip.

Can we take more than six adults in the caboose?

The $700/$800 fare is for six passengers or less.  It is encouraged that all caboose passengers be over 13 yrs. old.

Locomotive Ride Along Requirements

At Texas State Railroad, safety outweighs all other considerations when conducting our day-to-day business of transporting our passengers.  To ensure this, Texas State Railroad has developed rigorous internal policies and practices to achieve the highest possible level of safety for our employees and our customers.

Prior to final confirmation of your reservation we do require a background check.  A liability release form with a clear copy of your driver’s license is required.

Policy on photography or filming at Texas State Railroad Property 

Commercial Photography and Video Use is allowed.  Please click here price list.  Commercial Film Location Fees

The use of drone photography/video filming is prohibited aboard Texas State Railroad.  There is no access allowed to the train tracks.  Train tracks are for trains. Please stay off!

Photography for commercial use, or gain, requires prior authorization. Contact Teresa Propeck at 623-374-3185, or teresa@texasstaterailroad.net PRIOR to arriving at train depot.  This includes engagements for commercial gain or profit such as movie films, commercial television productions, photography for commercial advertisements and wedding or group stagings.

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