Aboard the Train
Unplug for a tradition that merges comfort and adventure for the whole family. 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.
The casual grace of train travel never goes out of style. From the moment one steps aboard a vintage 1920’s car, the excitement of being on the rails is exhilarating. This four-hour train adventure, with an hour layover either at the Rusk or Palestine depot, takes passengers on a journey through the impressive Piney Woods and 135 years of history. Celebrated steam or vintage diesel locomotives are the muscle that pulls the consist of cars representing a bygone form of notable travel … and our horsepower won’t give you saddle sores.
Relaxed seating, thoughtful décor and friendly, responsive attendants add to the ambiance of the scenic journey afforded by travelers a century ago.
The train meets ADA requirements.
Choose Your Seat
Most cars are climate-controlled, have restrooms and 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.
Six different accommodations are offered to savor the Texas State Railroad experience: caboose, presidential, first class, coach, open-air coach OR a locomotive ride-along.
The exclusive caboose is designed for one party of 8 or fewer. Featuring comfortable, plush over-sized seats, cupola seating for a birds-eye view and private outdoor-viewing platforms, this is the ultimate secluded car. A personal valet pours a complimentary Champagne toast and serves freshly-prepared appetizers. Non-alcoholic drinks are included in the price. A choice of alcoholic beverages is available for purchase.
Presidential class offers seating in nostalgic car #1511 or the newly-refurbished art-deco car #42. Both feature comfortable seats, intimate table service, large picture windows and access to a private outdoor-viewing platform. An attentive porter serves a complimentary toast upon boarding and freshly-prepared appetizers. A choice of non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages is available for purchase.
First-class passage, accommodating fewer passengers than coach class, includes comfortable upholstered benches or chairs and table service by friendly and knowledgeable attendants. First class includes a Champagne toast and complimentary appetizers upon boarding; non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverage service at one’s seat, and access to an open-air car.
Coach features traditional Pullman-style, padded bench seats, the historic seating arrangement that has characterized train travel from its inception. Coach class has access to the concession car for the purchase of snacks and beverages.
This unusual form of travel includes vintage wooden bench seats in cars with no windows so the East Texas air flows directly through the car. This accommodation is limited to certain seasons.
Savor the day inside the cab of a steam or diesel locomotive where you’ll be seated between the engineer and conductor in one of the Railroad’s classic “Old Girls.” You’ll start the day dressed in complimentary TSR safety gear, ready to assist the engineer and conductor in preparing for departure. Advance reservations and a background check are required and some clothing restrictions apply.
Accessible from all classes, the concession car has multiple snack and drink options available to make a ride aboard a vintage train even more enjoyable. Popcorn coupled with an ice-cold beer or a popular soda washing down a candy bar or chips are perfect pairings!