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The Texas State Railroad is pleased to present its newest signature dining experience on the Piney Woods Excursion Train, the Streamliner Diner. Reminiscent of mid-century rail dining, be treated to a delicious meal and spectacular east Texas scenery from our vintage dining rail car.
Wine in the pines
Lone Star Class: Adult $85
This special train offers passengers a pleasurable evening ride through our beautiful East Texas countryside while enjoying the opportunity to taste various Texas wines paired with a variety of cheeses. Wines will include Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Port. Train will depart from the Rusk Depot at 6:30 p.m. and return at 9:30 p.m.
Reservations must be booked by 5 p.m. Wednesday June 3rd.
Wines paired with cheeses:
Pinot Grigio - Shrimp & Mozzarella
Sauvignon Blanc - Feta, melon & grapes
Zinfandel - aged Gouda, aged Cheddar, cranberries, sausage
Merlot - tomatoes, mushrooms, blue cheese
Cabernet Sauvignon - cheddar, gruyere, black olives, dark chocolate
Port - lemon tart, roasted almonds, pistachios
Texas Blueberry Festival
24th annual Nacodoches Blueberry Festival is on Saturday June 8-3 pm "The tastiest festival in Texas" is a celebration of local harvest and a things blueberry, with lots of arts and crafts, rides and naturally a "BLUEBERRY PIE EATING CONTEST. Win the pi contest and get a free weekend at the Rusk KOA. Other activities include car show, rides and washer tournament.
Rusk KOA - in the hometown festival capital of America
Father's Day BBQ Train
Sunday, June 21, 2015
Standard: Adult $32 | Child $20
Lone Star: Adult $65 | Child $40
Father's Day BBQOur Piney Woods Excursion has a special option for Father's Day and that is a delicious BBQ lunch at an additional cost of $15. This special lunch is done by pre-order at the time of making reservations. The special lunch includes either BBQ sliced beef or sliced turkey sandwiches with pickles, onion and sauce, a bag of chips, peach cobbler, tea or water. Passengers also have the option of bringing their own picniclunches. It's time to treat Dad to a great train ride and BBQ. Train departs Palestine Depot at 11 a.m.
The Teddy Bears Train Ride
The Teddy Bear's Train ride departs the Rusk Depot Friday, August 7, at 11 a.m. and 2:20 p.m. The train will run to Maydelle where the engine will turn around on our historic 1890's turntable and then return to Rusk. The ride will feature special snacks, children's music, teddy bear coloring book pages and more! Plus there is an opportunity to meet the entire Beary Bear family, including Boomer, our 10- year old bear made famous through this summer's Facebook postings about his many travels and adventures.
Children 12 and under who bring their teddy bears to ride the train with them, get to ride for free. Pricing for Standard Coach/Open Air is $25 Adult (ages 13 and up), $15 Child (ages 12 and under without a teddy bear) and Lone Star is $45 Adult (ages 13 and up), $25 Child (ages 12 and under without a teddy bear).
Pints in the Pines
Lone Star: $75
Pints in the PinesThis special Adults Only (21 and older) train ride will depart the Rusk Depot Saturday, September 26th offering a relaxing journey through our beautiful East Texas countryside. Passengers will have an opportunity to sample 8 beers/ales from Texas breweries with appetizers and live entertainment.
Reservations must be booked by 5 p.m. Wednesday the 23rd.
Pumpkin Patch Express -October 3 30, 2015
Saturdays and Sundays / October 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 24-25
Friday Evenings 6:00 pm / October 16, 23, 30
11:00 am & 2:30 pm Departing the Rusk DepotPick your own pumpkin, visit Trick or Treat Street, and enjoy a hay ride, games, live entertainment and more! Kids dont forget to wear your costumes! Lunches are not included for this event; a food vendor will be available at the pumpkin patch.
Trick or Treat
Join us for our first annual Trick or Treat! 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM.
This is the last blast for the regular season before the Polar Express Train Ride Begins. The first cold snap triggers the changing of the seasons in the East Texas Forest country. The Fall Foliage Brunch Train is designed to give nature lovers the best opportunity to view this annual show close-up. This train departs from the Palestine Depot at 10:15 a.m. and returns to the depot approximately 2:45 p.m.
Reservations must be booked by 5 p.m. Wednesday the 4th
Mud Creek New Years
NewYears ATV Fun, come and stay at Koa after a long hard and fun New Years