Special Events

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




Photographers SpecialRail Fan Photographer’s Special

Saturday, May 3


9:00am – 5:00pm
Departing the Palestine Depot

Tickets: $85 ages 13 and older


Railfans 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 along with drinks throughout the day. Lunch is included and will consist of a ½ lb smoked turkey or BBQ chopped beef sandwich, chip and beverage.


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Armed Forces Train16th Annual Salute to the Armed Forces

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, May 23, 24 & 25
Palestine Depot


This year’s event has been expanded to three days and will feature the travelling replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall and its accompanying Cost of Freedom Tribute. At 80% the size of the original wall in our nation’s capital, this replica contains every name engraved on the original. The purpose of this annual event is to pay tribute to all branches and all eras of service to our country.


The Patriot Train departs at 10am, 1:30pm and 3:30pm each day for a short, (approximately 1-hour) roundtrip run to the Jarvis Wye and back.


Tickets are:

Lone Star Premium Price - $30 for adults, $20 for children 2-12 (children under age 2 ride for free!) and $27 for seniors.  

Standard Price - $20 for adults, $15 for children 2-12 (children under age 2 ride for free!) and $18 for seniors. 


*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.

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Pumpkin Patch ExpressThe Teddy Bear’s Train Ride

Friday, August 1

The Teddy Bear’s Train ride departs from the Rusk Depot on Friday, August 1 at 11am and 2:30pm. The train will run to Maydelle where the engine will turn around on our historic 1890’s turntable and then come back to Rusk. The ride will feature special snacks, children’s music, teddy bear coloring book pages and more! Plus there’s an opportunity to meet the entire Beary 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 will get to ride the train for free.


Pricing for all others is as follows:


Open Air/Coach

$15 Children ages 12 and under with no teddy bear
$20 Seniors, ages 65 and older
$25 Adults, ages 13 to 64


Lone Star

$25 Children ages 12 and under with no teddy bear
$40 Seniors, ages 65 and older
$45 Adults, ages 13 to 64


Blankets and Bears Childrens Fund will be accepting donations of new or gently used teddy bears on this day. All donated bears will be distributed to traumatized children by Palestine Police Officers and Palestine Regional Medical Center.


Pumpkin Patch ExpressMoonlight Special Dinner Train

Friday, October 10

All Aboard for the Moonlight Special! This fall-themed dinner train will run on Friday, October 10, on the evening of a full moon. The train will depart from the Palestine Depot at 6:30pm after a reception in the portico at 6pm. Passengers 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. (Menu TBA.) Non-alcoholic beverages will also be served.

Tickets: $65 per person.


Pumpkin Patch ExpressPumpkin Patch Express

Saturdays & Sundays, October 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26

11:00am & 2:30pm Departing the Rusk Depot


Pick your own pumpkin, 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; a food vendor will be available at the pumpkin patch.

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The Polar Express™ Train Ride

Departing the Palestine Depot


Full Schedule Coming Soon


Dates: November 14 – December 30


All Aboard! The Polar Express™comes to life at the Texas State Railroad.









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 Moonlight Special TrainValentine’s Moonlight Special

Departing February 14


Enjoy the unique combination of a full moon occurring on Valentine’s Day! Reception at 6pm in the portico at the Palestine Depot features a lovely array of hors d’oeuvres and non-alcoholic sparkling wine. Passengers on this romance-themed dinner train will enjoy a peaceful ride through the East Texas Forest Country to Maydelle and back, beneath the glow of a full moon. Contemporary Catering of Palestine will prepare and serve a scrumptious meal. Non-alcoholic beverages will also be served. Guests are welcome to BYOB.


Tickets: $75 per person.


Reception 6-6:30pm in the Portico at the Palestine Depot:
A display of fruit, cheese and crackers served under the gazebo before the train leaves, along with non-alcoholic sparkling wine.


Dinner on the train:

  • Green salad with tomato, cucumber, sliced carrots, mushrooms and croutons and Black Pepper Ranch dressing on the side
  • Bacon wrapped Filet and Whisky Peach Chicken
  • Tomato Rice Pilaf
  • Whole kernel Corn
  • Rolls and butter


Dessert: Chocolate and strawberry Parfait with a heart shaped cookie on the side


Drinks: tea, coffee, water


BYOB (Customer must uncork and serve themselves.)



Pumpkin Patch ExpressDogwood Special Brunch Train

Sunday, March 30


Enjoy nature tourism at its best! Mother Nature puts on a spectacular show here in East Texas during dogwood blooming season and we have created a special brunch train to make this viewing a truly memorable occasion. This train departs from the Palestine Depot at 10:15am and returns around 2:45pm. Tickets: $50 per person.


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Photographers Special

Easter Egg Express

Saturday & Sunday, April 12-13 and Friday & Saturday, April 18-19


Departs the Rusk Depot 11:00am and 2:30pm
Take a train ride to meet the Easter Bunny! Enjoy an Easter egg hunt, hayride, games, food vendor, and much more!

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