Enjoy East Texas by Railway this Fall and Holiday Season

If you’ve always wanted to take a train ride in the US to enjoy the sites and sounds of the beautiful countryside, let this be your sign to book a fall excursion now! Train travel, although not a very common way to travel in the United States in this modern era, is certainly a fun way to explore new territory and terrain. Step back in time and book a themed train ride through the majestic Texas countryside to add a neat twist to a weekend away.

The Texas State Railroad, stationed in sprawling East Texas, offers up unique excursions year-round for passengers of all ages looking to experience something new and different. Book a weekend away in scenic East Texas and add a train excursion to your plans and then kick back and enjoy! Train rides typically take place on the weekends and last several hours, and many of the rides come with food and drink for the ultimate exciting yet relaxing experience. If you’ve always wanted to see Texas by train, consider adding one of these sought-after events to your fall calendar this year!

East Texas train excursions on the Texas State Railroad

Fall 2023 train excursions

  • Piney Woods Express Trains- Diesel or Steam- Available weekends in October at 11 am, these train excursions last four hours and take guests from the train station in Palestine to the train station in Rusk. While on board, guests can listen to exciting narration as they watch the hills of East Texas roll by. Most of the cars are climate-controlled and have bathrooms, and guests will also have access to a snack car stocked with items to satisfy the munchies while on board. Guests will have the opportunity to explore the town of Rusk and the train station while the train stops before the journey back begins. Perfect for all ages!
  • The Polar Express- If you’ve got littles who love the holidays, this excursion is a must! Embark on an adventure to the North Pole complete with a visit to Santa and his elves. While on board the train, guests will be treated to hot cocoa and a reading of this timeless holiday classic. Guests are encouraged to show up in pajamas to truly capture the magic of this fun holiday tale, and copies of the book will be available for purchase. Truly a wonderful holiday experience for kids and guests of all ages. Available weekends starting Thanksgiving.

2024 train excursions

The 2024 Texas State Railroad schedule has not been published yet but is sure to offer all kinds of fun adventures for East Texas visitors. There are different tours available in the spring, like the popular Wine Train or the Dogwood Lunch Train. Be sure to watch the website for availability- these excursions are popular and do tend to sell out.

Bon voyage, friends!

East Texas lodging

After an exciting day aboard the Texas State Railroad cars, kick back at the picturesque Fernbrook RV Park in Longview. Situated on 30 acres and located conveniently just off I-20, Fernbrook is a great spot to call your home away from home. Fernbrook overs guests a pool, children’s playground, dog run and more so everyone is comfortable during their stay in the gorgeous East Texas countryside. Get ready for a getaway you won’t soon forget!


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