Piney Woods Train Excursions

Our Piney Woods Excursion takes visitors on a relaxing and scenic round trip journey through the beautiful East Texas countryside. Our route is flanked by two exquisite Victorian Depots that give riders a glimpse of what it would be like to catch a train in the golden age of rail travel.  Our Lone Star Class feature climate-controlled seating at covered tables, personal car attendant, and snack service. Standard seating offers two choices that include Coach with traditional upholstered seating in an enclosed car (non-climate-controlled) with windows that open and close or Open Air seating with bench-style seating in an open car. Riding on the winding bands of steel of the Texas State Railroad takes passengers back to a time when life was simpler and railroads were the premiere form of transportation.

Roundtrip excursions with one of our historic steam engines depart from the Rusk depot at 10:00 am and return at 2:00 pm. The trip is 1 ½ hours each way with a 1-hour lunch layover at the opposite depot for a total 4 – hour experience.

Trip duration: 4 hours

Ask your reservations agent for details

Rusk Departures – 10:00 AM
Operates March through October

Pulled with a vintage diesel engine March-May 20

Pulled with a historic steam engine May 26 through September

Palestine Departures – 12:00 PM
Pulled with a vintage diesel engine

Premium Seating

Lone Star Class– Adult $68 | Child $43

Please note: Tables seat four individuals. Guests must purchase four tickets to have a guarantee of a private table.

Standard Seating

Coach – Adult $35 | Child $23
Open Air  – Adult $35 | Child $23

Please note: Coach is not available during summer months of June, July, and August.

Caboose129The Texas State Railroad is offering a unique, private rail experience on board its Caboose #129. This restored caboose is available throughout the regular season and will depart from the Rusk Depot pulled by a vintage steam engine on the Piney Woods Steam Excursion.

Experience the conductor’s vantage point with some seating located up high in the car for a bird’s eye view! The car is climate controlled and also features a private restroom and an attendant serving complimentary snacks and drinks. Beer and wine are available for purchase by the glass. Special requests are handled on a case-by-case basis.

Caboose #129 is perfect for rail fans, families, scouting groups, church groups, senior groups, birthday parties and small wedding, engagement or anniversary parties.

  • 2017 rate: $925 for up to 14 people. (16 if some in the party are children aged 12 or under.)
  • This car does not provide access to the rest of the train. Access to elevated seating requires climbing a small, permanent ladder. Perfect for children! Not ADA accessible.
  • Lap babies (babies under age two) ride free.

To book please call 1-877-726-7245

Guests are welcome to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy either on the train or on the grounds after the train trip. Concession snacks and drinks are available for purchase on the train.

The Daily Grind coffee shop in Rusk will be offering box lunches at the Texas State Railroad. Guests who wish pre-order should call 903-683-1500 by 5:00pm the day prior to departure. Please visit tdgcoffeehouse.com for menu options.

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Rusk: Park Road 76 Rusk, TX 75785
Palestine: 789 Park Road 70 Palestine, TX 75801

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