Special Events

Special event ticket sales are final. Events are held rain or shine. No refunds or date changes permitted.

 

 

 

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Photographers SpecialRail Fan Photographer’s Special

Saturday, May 2nd (night shoot, 8 p.m., Palestine Depot) and
Sunday, May 3rd (day shoot, train departs at 9 a.m., Palestine Depot).


Tickets $100:
Standard Open Air
Open air cars with large windows that do not have glass in them, wood bench seat.
Standard Coach:
Cushioned bench seating with windows that open and close.

 

The Rail Fan Photographers Special will include a Saturday May 2, night shoot, 8 p.m., at the Palestine Depot and a Sunday May, 3 day shoot. Steam engine for all events. The Sunday train departs 9 a.m. from the Palestine Depot. Price for this two day event is $100 per person, ages 13 and up. Rail fans will have the opportunity to photograph a TSRR engine at several locations along the track. Please wear close-toed shoes as you will encounter rough and rural terrain in some locations. Coffee, juice and pastries will be served on board on Sunday morning along with drinks throughout the day. Lunch is included consisting of either a 1/2 lb. smoked turkey or BBQ chopped beef sandwich, chips and beverage.

 

*No wheelchair accommodations available for this ride.

 

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Rusk Festival Train
Rusk Spring FairFriday & Saturday May 1 & 2, 2015
Friday-6 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.


Standard Class: Adult $20 | Child $10

 

Friday night, May 1, a roundtrip train will depart the Rusk Depot at 6 p.m. to Maydelle and back for a special local appreciation train ride. Saturday May 2, trains will depart the Rusk Depot for a roundtrip to Maydelle and back at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The Rusk Chamber of Commerce will be hosting vendors, a Saturday 5K run "Who Let the Dogs Out" and carnival rides day and night on the Rusk Depot grounds.

 

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Maydelle Turntable School Runs, 2015
Fridays May 1,8,15; September 25 ; October 2,9, 2015
Departs: 11:00 am

 

Tickets:
Standard: Teachers $0 | Child $10 | Parent/Chaperones $20

 

Learn about our historic 1890s turntable during this 1 ½ hour trip. Educational materials will also be given to teachers to continue the lesson with their students back in the classroom.

 

Please call 877-726-7245 to book

 

 

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Mother's Day Brunch Train
Sunday, May 10, 2015
Departs: 10:15 AM
Palestine Depot

 

Tickets:

Lone Star: Adult $80 | Child (ages 2-12) $50

Treat Mom to a special day out with the family by taking her on a relaxing ride through beautiful East Texas countryside while enjoying a delicious brunch served on the train. The train departs at 10:15 a.m. and returns at approximately 2:45 p.m. Reservations must be booked by 5 p.m. Wednesday May 6th

 

Menu

Appetizers: chocolate covered strawberries, bagels and cream cheese, and assorted jams.

 

Entrée options: ham and cheese strata’s, hash brown and chicken casserole, gruyere and prosciutto strata, or potato egg bake for the vegetarian/gluten free option. Served with a garden salad and grated Parmesan cheese.
Cheese and crackers and grapes
Sliced coffee cake or Honey Berry Compote or a Cherry Danish Pastry.


Coffee, tea, water, orange juice.
Bloody Mary’s and Mimosa’s available for purchase at $7 per glass.

 

Due to the configuration of our passenger cars, most seating for our meal trains is at four-top tables. Customers will likely be seated with other people unless they purchase tickets in quantities of four.

 

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Armed Forces Train17th Annual Salute to the Armed Forces

Saturday & Sunday May 23 & 24
Departs Palestine: 10 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 3:30 p.m.

 

Standard Class: Adult $20 | Child $15 | Under 2 Free | Military ID Free
Lone Star Class: Adult $30 | Child $20 | Under 2 Free | Military ID Free

 

This patriotically decorated train leaves the Palestine Depot at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. for an approximately 1-hour roundtrip to the Jarvis Wye and back. On the Palestine Depot grounds there will be flag raising and lowering ceremonies at the flag pole on Saturday and Sunday. Booths, living history displays, static military displays and re-enactment groups representing various wars and conflicts. WWII group (Able Company) will be putting on a show on the grounds and on the train at the Jarvis Wye. All current and former military with ID ride the Patriot Train free. Admission to the event is $10 per car. Tickets are: Lone Star Premium - $30 Adult, $20 Child (ages 2-12) and children under 2 ride free. Standard - $20 Adult, $15 Child (ages 2-12) and children under 2 ride free. Food concession is available. *We want to honor those who have served or are currently serving in the military with a FREE ride on this special train that will be decked out in red, white and blue. EXHIBITORS - Download documents and releases *Offer extends to military members only with valid ID. Does not include other family or dependent IDs.

 


*Offer extends to military members only with valid ID. Does not include other family or dependent IDs.

 

Exhibitors - Download documents and releases

 

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Streamliner Diner

 

New - Streamliner Diner

The Texas State Railroad is pleased to present its newest signature dining experience on the Piney Woods Excursion Train, the Streamliner Diner.

 

Click here to learn more and book tickets

 

Due to the configuration of our passenger cars, most seating for our meal trains is at four-top tables. Customers will likely be seated with other people unless they purchase tickets in quantities of four.

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Wine in the Pines
Wine in the PinesFriday, June 5, 2015
6:30 p.m.


Lone Star Class: Adult $85

This special train offers passengers a pleasurable evening ride through our beautiful East Texas countryside while enjoying the opportunity to taste various Texas wines paired with a variety of cheeses. Wines will include Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Port. Train will depart from the Rusk Depot at 6:30 p.m. and return at 9:30 p.m.
Reservations must be booked by 5 p.m. Wednesday June 3rd.

 

Wines paired with cheeses:

Pinot Grigio - Shrimp & Mozzarella

Sauvignon Blanc - Feta, melon & grapes
Zinfandel - aged Gouda, aged Cheddar, cranberries, sausage
Merlot - tomatoes, mushrooms, blue cheese
Cabernet Sauvignon - cheddar, gruyere, black olives, dark chocolate
Port - lemon tart, roasted almonds, pistachios

 

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Father's Day BBQ Train
Sunday, June 21, 2015
11 a.m.

 

Standard: Adult $32 | Child $20
Lone Star: Adult $65 | Child $40

 

Father's Day BBQOur Piney Woods Excursion has a special option for Father's Day and that is a delicious BBQ lunch at an additional cost of $15. This special lunch is done by pre-order at the time of making reservations. The special lunch includes either BBQ sliced beef or sliced turkey sandwiches with pickles, onion and sauce, a bag of chips, peach cobbler, tea or water. Passengers also have the option of bringing their own picniclunches. It's time to treat Dad to a great train ride and BBQ. Train departs Palestine Depot at 11 a.m.

 

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Teddy Bear's Train RideThe Teddy Bear’s Train Ride

Friday, August 7
11 a.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.

 

 


Standard Class: Adult $25 | Child $15 | Child free w/bear
Lone Star Class: Adult $45 | Child $25 | Child free w/bear


The Teddy Bear's Train ride departs the Rusk Depot Friday, August 7, at 11 a.m. and 2:20 p.m. The train will run to Maydelle where the engine will turn around on our historic 1890's turntable and then return to Rusk. The ride will feature special snacks, children's music, teddy bear coloring book pages and more! Plus there is an opportunity to meet the entire Beary Bear family, including Boomer, our 10- year old bear made famous through this summer's Facebook postings about his many travels and adventures.

 

Children 12 and under who bring their teddy bears to ride the train with them, get to ride for free. Pricing for Standard Coach/Open Air is $25 Adult (ages 13 and up), $15 Child (ages 12 and under without a teddy bear) and Lone Star is $45 Adult (ages 13 and up), $25 Child (ages 12 and under without a teddy bear). We also collect donations of teddy bears and baby blankets for the Blankets and Bear's Children's Fund of Anderson County (Palestine) which then donates items to patrol officers and ER workers to give to traumatized children.

 

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Pumpkin Patch ExpressMoonlight Special Dinner Train

Friday, August 28
Departs: 6:30 p.m.

Tickets:

Lone Star: $90


The special dinner train departs the Palestine Depot at 6:30 p.m. on August 28th for an enjoyable ride through beautiful East Texas countryside to Maydelle and back on the night of a full moon. This is truly a unique experience. Passengers will enjoy a delicious meal prepared and served by Contemporary Catering of Palestine. Beer and wine will be available for purchase by the glass. Non-alcoholic beverages will also be served for the meal.
Reservations must be booked by 5 p.m. Wednesday the 26th.

 

Menu

 

Appetizer: Aranchini Risotto Balls (rice, cheese, salami, parmesan cheese all rolled into a ball and fried.)
Salad: Caesar Salad


Entrée’Options (pick one): Grilled pork tenderloin with raspberry sauce served with asparagus and red potatoes; Tequila Cream Chicken with brown rice and green beans simmered in lemon butter sauce; vegetarian option – Quattro Formaggi Pasta, a creamy sauce with four different cheeses (blue cheese, guerue, emmenthaler, parmesan) over pasta

 

Dessert Options (pick one): Mixed berries with mascarpone amaretto cream; lemon cheesecake and gluten free option individual strawberry cheesecakes.


Tea, water, coffee
Beer and wine available for purchase by the glass. $5.00 each

 

Due to the configuration of our passenger cars, most seating for our meal trains is at four-top tables. Customers will likely be seated with other people unless they purchase tickets in quantities of four.

 

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Pints in the Pines

Saturday - 1 p.m. September 26

Tickets:
Lone Star: $75


Pints in the PinesThis special Adults Only (21 and older) train ride will depart the Rusk Depot Saturday, September 26th offering a relaxing journey through our beautiful East Texas countryside. Passengers will have an opportunity to sample 8 beers/ales from Texas breweries with appetizers and live entertainment.
Reservations must be booked by 5 p.m. Wednesday the 23rd.


 

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Pumpkin Patch ExpressPumpkin Patch Express

Saturday and Sunday - 11 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. October 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 24-25
Friday Evenings -6 p.m. October 16, 23, 30

Tickets:

Standard: Adult $25 | Child(ages 2-12) $15 - Non-climate controlled car with bench seating
Lone Star: Adult $45 | Child(ages 2-12) $25 - Climate controlled car w/attendant and covered tables and seating

 

The Pumpkin Patch Express runs every Saturday and Sunday from the Rusk Depot during the month of October and new for this year there are three evening runs on October 16, 23 & 30, departing the Rusk Depot at 6 p.m. Children (ages 2-12) can pick up their own pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, visit Trick or Treat Street, and enjoy a hayride, games, live entertainment and more! Kids don't forget to wear your costumes! Lunches are not included for this event but a food vendor will be available at the pumpkin patch.

 

*No wheelchair accommodations available for this ride.

 

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Fall Foliage Brunch Train

Sunday, November 8, 2015
10:15 a.m.


Fall Foliage Brunch Train

Tickets:
Lone Star: Adult $80 | Child $50

 

This is the last blast for the regular season before the Polar Express Train Ride Begins. The first cold snap triggers the changing of the seasons in the East Texas Forest country. The Fall Foliage Brunch Train is designed to give nature lovers the best opportunity to view this annual show close-up. This train departs from the Palestine Depot at 10:15 a.m. and returns to the depot approximately 2:45 p.m.
Reservations must be booked by 5 p.m. Wednesday the 4th.

 

Menu

Appetizer: Chocolate granola parfait


Entrée’s (choose one): Almond crusted French toast or breakfast casserole w/ veggies

 

Pastries: apple or peach

 

Beverages:

Orange juice, coffee, tea or water
Bloody Mary’s and Mimosa’s available for purchase by the glass. $7.00 each.

 

 

Due to the configuration of our passenger cars, most seating for our meal trains is at four-top tables. Customers will likely be seated with other people unless they purchase tickets in quantities of four.

 

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Buy THE POLAR EXPRESS tickets

THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride

Departing the Palestine Depot

 

 

Dates: November 14 – December 30

 

All Aboard! THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride comes to life at the Texas State Railroad.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Lone Star Class tickets are sold in even numbers due to very high demand for premium seats. This will ensure that families are not divided nor seated with strangers as seats are assigned. Your Lone Star Class experience is our primary concern.

 

Please call 1-877-726-7245 for reservations.

 

Lee Loveless Photography will capture your family memories

at the Palestine Depot!

  

Valentine’s Dinner Train

Valentine's Dinner TrainAdult seating only (Ages 18 and older) - Saturday, February 14, Palestine Depot
Tickets:
$90 per person

 

Enjoy a romantic and relaxing Valentine's Dinner Train! Train will depart at 6:30 p.m. from the Palestine Depot and appetizers will be served on the train followed by a scrumptious meal. Passengers on this romance themed train will enjoy a peaceful ride through the East Texas forest country to Maydelle and back. Contemporary Catering of Palestine will prepare and serve the meal. Beer and wine will be available for purchase on the train. Non-alcoholic beverages: tea, coffee and water. The price is $90 per person. Décor - romantic with decorations, candles/wreaths as centerpieces, long stemmed red roses and individual heart shaped boxes of chocolates.
Reservations must be booked by 5 p.m. Wednesday February 11th

Menu

Appetizer: Jambalaya kabobs Chicken, sausage, shrimp, green pepper, zucchini (shrimp will be omitted for anyone with allergies)
Soup: Loaded potato soup
Salad: Baked goat cheese cakes with greens tossed in olive oil and lemon juice, seasonal fruit with toasted almonds on the side

 

Entrees: (3 options / guests choose one)

  • a) 8 ounce Pesto stuffed chicken breasts with a tomato relish
  • b) 8 ounce Beef Tenderloin wrapped with bacon with a peppercorn sauce
  • c) Vegetarian Entre: Sliced veggie Sauté with Dill rice and cucumber raita (this is also the gluten free option)

Sides: Risotto with peas and scallions, sprinkled with parmesan cheese and Asparagus with mushrooms

 

Desserts:

(2 options / guests choose one)

  • a) Slice of Torte Au Chocolate
  • b) slice of Walnut layer cake
  • c) Gluten Free Brownie

 

Dogwood Brunch TrainDogwood Special Brunch Train

Sunday, March 29, 2015
10:15 a.m.

 

Tickets:
Lone Star Class:
Adult $80 | Child $50

 

Enjoy nature tourism at its best! Mother Nature puts on a spectacular show in East Texas during the dogwood blooming season and we have created a special brunch train to make this viewing a truly memorable occasion This train departs the Palestine Depot at 10:15 a.m. and returns at approximately 2:45 p.m.
Reservations must be booked by 5 p.m. on Wednesday March 25th

 

Menu

Appetizer: Individual bowls of fruit with yogurt and granola on the side for adults and a fruit and jello cup for the kids.
Entrée: Potato egg bake for vegetarians and gluten free; or Prosciutto Pesto Breakfast Pizza. Both adult options served with salad of greens,
cherry tomatoes, sliced egg, croutons and dressing on the side – ranch or Italian. For the kids: pigs in a blanket with an oatmeal cookie.
Afternoon snack – cheese and fruit platters, hot cross buns, banana nut muffins and blueberry muffins.


Coffee, tea, water, orange juice.
Bloody Mary’s and Mimosa’s available for purchase by the glass at $7 each.

 

Due to the configuration of our passenger cars, most seating for our meal trains is at four-top tables. Customers will likely be seated with other people unless they purchase tickets in quantities of four.

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Easter Egg ExpressEaster Egg Express

Saturday & Sunday March 28 & 29, 2015
Friday & Saturday, April 3 & 4, 2015
11 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.

 

Tickets:
Standard Class: Adult $25 | Child: $15 | Under 2: Free
Lone Star Class: Adult $45 | Child: $25 | Under 2: Free


The Easter Egg Express is a train ride full of fun, family and entertainment. Take a train ride to meet the Easter Bunny! Enjoy an Easter egg hunt, hayride, games, food vendor and more! Trains depart Rusk Depot at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Note that Easter is Sunday, April 5

 

*No wheelchair accommodations available for this ride.

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Steampunk ExpressSteampunk Express (Cogs, Leather, Lace & Steam)


April 24, 25 & 26 (Friday, Saturday & Sunday)
Friday, April 24 - Wine Tasting & Photo Train
Saturday, April 25 – High Tea & Whiskey Tasting
Saturday, April 25 – Victorian Dinner Train & Absinthe Tasting
Saturday, April 25 – Steampunk Festival
Saturday, April 25 – Steampunk Performance
Sunday, April 26 – Victorian Brunch Train.

 

Due to the configuration of our passenger cars, most seating for our meal trains is at four-top tables. Customers will likely be seated with other people unless they purchase tickets in quantities of four.

 

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