Texas State Railroad

789 Park Rd. 70
Palestine, TX 75801- Map It
(903) 683-3098

AAA Editor Notes

Texas State Railroad is 2.7 mi. e. on US 84 at 789 Park Rd. 70. The Texas state prison system began construction on the railroad in 1881. The line was built to transport iron ore to smelting furnaces at the East Texas State Penitentiary in Rusk. Today, passengers may travel through the “Pineywoods” region on 4.5-hour, 50-mile round-trip rides to Rusk aboard early 20th-century trains. Several special-event train rides take place during the year, including a trip on the Streamliner Diner, which includes a five-course meal. On-board meals must be ordered when making reservations. Camping is permitted. Picnicking is permitted. Food is available.
$32-$65; $20-$40 (ages 2-12). Meals $8-$12. Streamliner Diner trip $90; reservations must be made by 4:30 on Thurs. prior to trip. Reservations are required.
Hours: Trips depart Thurs.-Sat. at 11, early June-late July; Fri.-Sat. at 11, early Mar.-early June (also Mon.-Wed. at 11 in mid-Mar.) and late July-early Nov. Streamliner Diner car trips depart Fri.-Sat. at 11, early June-early Nov. Hours may vary; phone ahead to confirm schedule. Phone ahead for special-event trips schedule.