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Aboard the Texas State Railroad

Unplug for a tradition that merges comfort and adventure for the whole family. The ride 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 grounds, 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.

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

All cars, except coach class, are climate-controlled, have restrooms and access a concession car stocked with snacks and kid-friendly and adult beverages.

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 less. Featuring comfortable 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. A choice of premium alcoholic beverages is available for purchase.



The nostalgic #1511 Presidential car features an adult-only experience with comfortable, over-sized seats, intimate table service, large picture windows and a private outdoor viewing platform. An attentive porter serves a complimentary Champagne toast upon boarding and freshly-prepared appetizers. A choice of non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages is available for purchase.

First Class

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.

Locomotive Ride-Along

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 are required and some clothing restrictions apply.

Coach Class

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.


Open-air Coach

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.


Coach, First class and Presidential seating cars have access to the concession car for the purchase of snacks and beverages.

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