Texas Forest Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Rusk: Texas State Railroad Excursions

Repeats every week every Thursday and every Friday and every Saturday 14 times.
August 2, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
Texas State Railroad Excursions

Summer means the big boys come out to play. The rare steam locomotives of the historic Golden Age run for rail tours throughout the summer season. Trains depart from the Rusk depot every Thursday, Friday and Saturday with Steam engines in August and September and Diesel in October with a few special events sprinkled throughout the busy calendar. In addition to the vintage steam engines that power many of the present-day excursion trains, Texas State Railroad is home to the extremely rare Texas & Pacific steam engine #610. Many would consider this massive locomotive a dinosaur, but Texas State Railroad has preserved it as an endangered species to be coddled and protected. The sole survivor of the T&P’s fleet of 70 engines with the 2-10-4 (Texas) wheel arrangement, #610 dignified the rails during the golden age of steam. Its design combined a high-capacity boiler with a modern valve gear and a four-wheeled trailing truck which became the prototype for American steam locomotives and a tribute to American engineering genius. The diesel trains return in October while preparations are made on the Steam Engine for the Polar Express beginning in November.


  • Texas State Railroad Rusk Depot
  • 535 Park Rd 76
  • Rusk, Texas
  • 75785


  • Contact:
  • Phone:
    855 632-7729