Texas State Railroad

Forest Trail Region
789 Park Road 70 Palestine, TX 75801 (903) 683-3099


Texas has its own state flower, state bird, and even its own state dinosaur. But did you know that we have our own state railroad too? Located along a twenty-five mile stretch of track running between Palestine and Rusk, the official Texas State Railroad provides excursions through the east Texas countryside along tracks first laid down in 1881 by inmates of the Texas state prison system. Today, the railroad and its two, authentically-reproduced depots – one located in Palestine and the other in Rusk – entertain train enthusiasts and heritage travelers looking to experience the thrill of the early passenger train. The railroad’s real stars are its engines, seven in all including Engine 201, built in 1901, and Engine 300, built in 1917. Both steam-driven engines are used today to pull passenger cars (and riders) down the tracks. The Texas State Railroad also boasts friendly and robust public programming. Both depots serve as museums and, in addition to providing ticketed rides, the railroad offers private tours. Riders can bring their own cooler with snacks and drinks, season passes and group discounts are available, and you can reserve an entire car or even the entire train for special events. Campgrounds and outdoor activities are also available around the Rusk Depot grounds, an added bonus to the rich heritage activities you’ll find in the surrounding historic communities of Rusk and Palestine.

Texas State Railroad

789 Park Road 70 Palestine, TX 75801




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