March 15, 2016 - TRA Newswire

The Texas State Railroad, the official state railroad, has announced a series of events for the 2016 season including the Easter Egg Express, which runs weekends through March 26. Trains depart from the Rusk Depot twice daily, at 11:30am and 2:30pm. Passengers ride a half hour to the Easter Egg Patch, then disembark from the train for an hour and a half of family fun at the site including Easter Egg hunts for ages 0-6 and 7-12; a hay ride; numerous games and other activities and photos with the Easter Bunny. A food vendor will be on site. The ride back to the depot is also a half hour.  Children are encouraged to bring their Easter baskets for the egg hunt.

Information about the Express is posted on the railroad website You can also follow the Texas State Railroad on their Facebook page. Tickets can be booked online or by phone at 903-683-3098.

Besides the railroad's traditional train ride - the Piney Woods Steam Excursion the Texas State Railroad is also scheduling a Rail Fan Photographer’s Special, the 18th annual Salute to the Armed Forces event, the second annual Texas Hobo Cook-Off and Gypsy Jamboree, the Texas State Railroad’s 40th anniversary celebration, the 4th annual Teddy Bear’s Train Ride, The Pumpkin Patch Express and the railroad’s biggest and most popular event – The Polar Express ™ Train Ride toward Christmas.

From now through fall 2016 the TSR features an event called the Pullman Table. Guests joining the train on The Pullman Table are treated to exceptional food featuring ingredients sourced locally that reflect the flavor of the region. Foods are paired with wine selections from East Texas. Those choosing to ride in Diamond Class enjoy a space in the mid-century dome car with panoramic windows that allow unobstructed views of the peaceful passing landscape. Standard Class passengers occupy vintage diner and lounge cars. Guests in Standard Class can choose from first or second seating options; both include a chef-prepared meal and non-alcoholic beverages.

The Texas State Railroad was originally built in 1881 to ship lumber but in recent years has been converted to run as a tourist railroad that benefits many East Texas communities. The railroad maintains much of its history in the classic designs of the depots in Rusk and Palestine and the use of our classic steam engine on excursion trains. It was named the official railroad of Texas in 2003 by the 78th Legislature.