Texas State Railroad - Rusk Depot - Sept 18-19 2015

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Texas State Railroad - Rusk Depot - Sept 18-19 2015

Postby 2bits » Sun Dec 14, 2014 6:36 pm

Danny wants to ride the train at the Texas State Railroad State Park in Palestine, TX next fall so I thought I would post here to drum up some interest.

It seemed like the last two weekends of September was looking like a good time to camp and ride the steam engine train. I had just missed a vintage trailer gathering there a couple months ago and have always wanted to do this so I am definitely on board!

The full Hook-up sites 1-32 are the way to go, otherwise we will be doing parking lot camping. Sites 5-15 are a nice stretch to aim for starting at site 10 in the middle and then working our way out (But it's State Park rules so we cannot reserve a specific spot until arrival). $30/night. Sites have 30 and 50 amp electrical hook-up, water/sewer, fire ring, grill, picnic table in a wooded area. This is pretty standard with us except that it has sewer hookups and no tents are allowed.

Here is a link for the RV park and Campgrounds: https://www.texasstaterr.com/parks.php

if you mention confirmation # 48993 along with being with the South Central Teardrop group, this will help them place us in sites 5-15.
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Re: Texas State Railroad - Rusk Depot - Sept 2015

Postby aggie79 » Sun Dec 14, 2014 7:07 pm

Sounds cool to me. I've always wanted to ride the train.
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Re: Texas State Railroad - Rusk Depot - Sept 2015

Postby capnTelescope » Sun Dec 14, 2014 9:54 pm

I just loves choo-choos. I'll go!
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Re: Texas State Railroad - Rusk Depot - Sept 2015

Postby Woodyperk6 » Mon Dec 15, 2014 5:12 pm

Thomas, pick a weekend and I'll make reservations.

I think is was spinnernut that brought up riding the train. 8)

Anyway I'm on board. Pun intended.
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Re: Texas State Railroad - Rusk Depot - Sept 2015

Postby spinnernut » Wed Dec 17, 2014 10:40 am

Darn right, I here that train a coming.
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Re: Texas State Railroad - Rusk Depot - Sept 2015

Postby coyote » Wed Dec 17, 2014 11:27 am

Date yet? Joann said "Thats a while off yet; put us down, we may move to Texas by then, that way we can go more!" I brought a timid, skeptical lady to you people. Look what YOU'VE done! :?
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Re: Texas State Railroad - Rusk Depot - Sept 2015

Postby 2bits » Wed Dec 17, 2014 3:07 pm

Sept 25-26th seems like the perfect weekend, so let's plan for that weekend. Since it is a busy park, we might consider adding Thursday also so we can get together.

Sites are first come first served and the strip of sites from 6-13 seem perfect for us to aim for. I will make my reservation mentioning South Central Teardrops in the hopes they will be nice and try to get us together like the State Parks do.

The park stated that they were getting hammered with the Polar Express train reservations right now and isn't doing the calendar for next year until late January/early Feb. so we will need to wait until then to make reservations.

There are no online reservations and the reservation line to use is: 903-683-2561 (Don't use the 888 number on the park map, or it will take you to some "Special Offer" company trying to sell you stuff and they won't let you go! I finally had to hang up on them and called back the 903 number...
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Re: Texas State Railroad - Rusk Depot - Sept 2015

Postby Woodyperk6 » Wed Dec 17, 2014 5:24 pm

Thanks for the info Thomas. I think it will make for a good weekend.
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Re: Texas State Railroad - Rusk Depot - Sept 2015

Postby rdraider » Thu Dec 18, 2014 9:24 pm

I'm not sure what they charge for the train rides, but if it ain't over $30-40 it'll be worth it! The ride is great!
I rode it years ago when it was still a state park entity, and they took us out and rotated the train on a roundtable that is built into the track.
Not a thrill ride, but a great way to spend the afternoon.
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Re: Texas State Railroad - Rusk Depot - Sept 2015

Postby Woodyperk6 » Tue Dec 23, 2014 12:28 pm

rdraider wrote:I'm not sure what they charge for the train rides, but if it ain't over $30-40 it'll be worth it! The ride is great!
I rode it years ago when it was still a state park entity, and they took us out and rotated the train on a roundtable that is built into the track.
Not a thrill ride, but a great way to spend the afternoon.



Hello Robert, the last time we road the train we camped very near the tracks at Rusk when it was a SP. If you like camping and steam trains it's a neat place to go. Like you said it's a great way to spend an afternoon.
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Re: Texas State Railroad - Rusk Depot - Sept 25-26 2015

Postby 2bits » Thu Jan 01, 2015 6:41 pm

Roundtrip excursions depart from the Rusk depot at 11:00am and return at 3:30pm. The trip is 1 ½ hours each way with 1 ½ hours lunch layover at the opposite depot for a total 4 ½ hour experience. Box lunches are available for pre-order, or you may bring your own lunch. Beverages and snacks are available for purchase in the concession car. (no word about alcohol for you lushes).

Standard seating: $32.00 $28.00 (65 and up) $20.00 (2-12)

Coach
Traditional upholstered seating
Enclosed car with windows that open & close

Open Air
Bench seating
Enclosed car with open windows

It goes up to $75 for climate control car. Being that we're campers, bring a butt pillow and go open air!
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Re: Texas State Railroad - Rusk Depot - Sept 25-26 2015

Postby james worley » Thu Jan 01, 2015 9:34 pm

Nice park. We're in.
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Re: Texas State Railroad - Rusk Depot - Sept 25-26 2015

Postby Tiny Tow » Fri Jan 09, 2015 11:21 pm

This sounds great! I'll try for a reservation.
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Re: Texas State Railroad - Rusk Depot - Sept 25-26 2015

Postby vairman » Sat Jan 10, 2015 3:45 pm

Count us in Thomas
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Re: Texas State Railroad - Rusk Depot - Sept 25-26 2015

Postby 2bits » Sat Jan 10, 2015 7:24 pm

Monday Feb 2nd lets all call in and reserve and mention the South Central (Tears/Teardrops/Tiny trailers). They'll get the picture real quick that we are together and hopefully will get us together. Will be fun!
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