Texas State RailroadEvents

Maydelle Turn Table Run

This is NOT a Steam Engine Event.  Texas State Railroad offers a fun and educational outing on short runs from Palestine to the Maydelle turntable. Trains depart at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday’s April 29th, May 6 & 13th.  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.  Join us for this fun and educational outing.   Children’s fares start at just $10 Reservations and pre-ordered lunches for this entertaining but all-the-while educational experience can be booked online, or you can call 855-632-7729 to speak with one of our guest specialists to secure a “large” group reservation.   


Wines in the Pines

Join us for our first “Wines in the Pines” train of the 2021 season.   We will be departing the Palestine Railroad Depot at 6:00pm and journey through the Piney Woods of East Texas while sampling the fine wines of Red 55 Winery, located in Lindale, TX.   Red 55 Wines are the signature wine of the Texas State Railroad.   Wine samplings will be paired with appetizers that appropriately compliment each wine.  We will make our way to Rusk Railroad Depot, guided by the moonlight, where we will stop and have dinner.   Menu will be announced closer to the event date. All wines sampled as well as other alcoholic and non-alcoholic options will be available for purchase. Each ticket holder will also receive a Texas State Railroad pint wine glass as a memento from your evening with us!  This is a popular event so book early!



Pints in the Pines

Join us for our second “Pints of the Pines” evening train this season at 6:00pm on June 4, 2021.  We will be sampling beers from local breweries.  Each beer tasting will be accompanied by a specifically paired food. While savoring our suds and snacks we will traverse the tracks guided by the moonlight through the piney woods of East Texas. Once we reach Rusk we will have dinner under the stars next to the lake while listening to music. Dinner is included in the price of the ticket.   Menu will be announced closer to the event.   All beers sampled as well as other alcoholic and non-alcoholic options will be available for purchase. Each ticket holder will also receive a Texas State Railroad pint glass as a memento from your evening with us! 


Pumpkin Patch Express

Unleash the kids this harvest season for loads of fun at the RUSK, TX Railroad Depot.  Kids of all ages will love the 30-MINUTE ROUNDTRIP Train Ride.  We will be running the Pumpkin Patch Express Train on October 16th, 23rd and 30th with departure times at 10:00am, 11:30am, 1:00pm, 2:30, and 4:00pm.  Every child will select a pumpkin to take home!  Join us for this fun filled family time with games, prizes and all kinds of activities!




The Palestine depot offers a festive holiday-setting featuring lights, tinsel, garland and costumed characters sure to excite and inspire every child in your group … from age 2 to 92.  The adventure is even more entertaining when families and friends show up in their pajamas! Make sure those PJs are warm and cozy…it’s cold at the North Pole!  The magical story comes to life the minute the train departs the Palestine Depot for the journey to the North Pole. Every coach becomes a stage for a LIVE musical performance as the Cocoa Chefs serve hot chocolate and cookies while dancing and singing. Children are captivated as train staff recites the classic children’s book, The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg. It is encouraged to purchase a book along with your reservation so your child can read his/her own book along with the Cocoa Chefs.



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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.