Texas State RailroadEvents
Piney Woods Express DIESEL
The casual grace of train travel never goes out of style. A diesel locomotive is the muscle that pulls the consist of cars representing a bygone form of notable travel. From the moment one steps aboard a vintage 1920’s car, the excitement of being on the rails is exhilarating. This four-hour round-trip train adventure departing from Palestine, with an hour layover at the Rusk depot, takes passengers on a journey through the impressive Piney Woods and 135 years of history. Unplug for a tradition that merges comfort and adventure for the whole family. Relaxed seating, thoughtful décor and friendly, responsive attendants add to the ambiance of the scenic journey afforded by travelers a century ago. The trip includes comfortable seating, food and adult beverage service, and historic narration on a rail journey that whisks you back into another century.  Most cars are climate-controlled, have restrooms, access a concession car stocked with snacks and kid-friendly and adult beverages. All seats have views along the Piney Woods route, and narration and music highlight the trip. Five different accommodations are offered to savor the Texas State Railroad experience: Caboose, Presidential, Observation Dome, First Class, Open-Air Coach, and ADA coaches are available.  
 
 
Piney Woods Express STEAM
The casual grace of train travel never goes out of style. A historic STEAM locomotive is the muscle that pulls the consist of cars representing a bygone form of notable travel. From the moment one steps aboard a vintage 1920’s car, the excitement of being on the rails is exhilarating. This four-hour round-trip train adventure departing from Palestine, with an hour layover at the Rusk depot, takes passengers on a journey through the impressive Piney Woods and 135 years of history. Unplug for a tradition that merges comfort and adventure for the whole family. Relaxed seating, thoughtful décor and friendly, responsive attendants add to the ambiance of the scenic journey afforded by travelers a century ago. The four-hour trip includes comfortable seating, food and adult beverage service, and historic narration on a rail journey that whisks you back into another century. Most cars are climate-controlled, have restrooms, access a concession car stocked with snacks and kid-friendly and adult beverages. All seats have views along the Piney Woods route and narration and music highlight the trip. Five different accommodations are offered to savor the Texas State Railroad experience: Caboose, Presidential, Observation Dome, First Class, Open-Air Coach, and  ADA Coaches are available.
 
Dogwood Lunch Train
Passengers aboard Texas State Railroad’s DOGWOOD LUNCH TRAIN will savor the flavor and the sights, of East Texas. Expand all of your senses with a delicious meal at the Rusk Rail Depot and a front row seat to the Dogwood Days springtime show during your journey.  The luminous white dogwoods and pink redbud blooms will light up the East Texas woods as the radiant blossoms and Piney Woods scenery pass by your window. Departing Saturday March 19th and 26th from the Palestine depot at 1:00pm.  Lunch will be served at Rusk Rail Depot.

Wines in the Pines

Join us for our 2022 “Wines in the Pines” train.  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 complement 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 wine glass as a memento from your evening with us!  Our first Wine Train of the season is scheduled for May 13, 2022.  This is a popular event so book early!

 

The Speakeasy Special
Attention all you Bootleggers, Flappers, Raccoon Coats, Bathtub Gin Bathers, Flagpole Sitters, and Marathon Dancers!!! Join us as we journey back in time 100 years to an era of prosperity, indulgence and carefree living on the “The Speakeasy Special.” Dress to impress in your preferred 20’s attire! Our adventure begins at the PALESTINE, TX rail depot on June 24, 2022, where we will promptly board the train at 5pm. We will traverse the tracks to our Rusk, TX Rail Depot whilst enjoying freshly made appetizers and listening to the sounds of the 1920’s era tunes. We will disembark at our Rusk Depot and enjoy a LIVE Jazz Band and a 1920’s themed dinner by the lake and under the stars. Several pricing and seating options are available. Included in the rates for this event are a champagne or cider toast, freshly prepared appetizers, dinner and dessert with iced tea or water and a commemorative gift from your visit on “The Speakeasy Special.” Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase on the train and at the depot. This is an adult only event. ADA compliant coaches are available. This is a roundtrip excursion.

 

Easter Egg Express

There has been a BIG bunny sighting in Texas, and this ain’t just anybunny, it’s somebunny really special! There’s no better way to celebrate the season than with the adorable rabbit himself. The Easter Egg Express a 45-minute train ride running April 16, 2022, offers the whole family a fun time. At the Palestine Train Depot there is an Easter Egg Park filled with games and activities for children. An Easter egg hunt, with a backdrop of great music, makes this eggstra-ordinary venue a delightful springtime afternoon in the Piney Woods. THIS CHILDREN’S EVENT TRAIN RIDE DEPARTS AT 10:00am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm, and 4:00pm for a 45 MINUTE ROUNDTRIP TRAIN RIDE.

Pumpkin Patch Express 
Unleash the kids this harvest season and set them loose for loads of fun at the Rusk Depot. Activities include a Pumpkin Patch, interactive games, prizes, tricks and treats!  Kids of all ages will love the 30-MINUTE ROUNDTRIP TRAIN RIDE departing from the depot at 10:00am, 11:30am, 1:00pm, 2:30pm.  Scheduled dates for this Excursion are October 22nd and October 29th.  Stay as long as you like for the Pumpkin Patch Express event, which includes hayrides, spooky tunes and other seasonal music.  Tiny boos and ghouls also enjoy hopping in the bounce house and trick-or-treating on our very own “Trick or Treat Street.”  Every child can pick out his or her own pumpkin to take home for jack-o-lantern creating.  A concession will be available for delicious treats.

 

 

 

THE POLAR EXPRESS™

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.