This excursion takes passengers on a journey through the impressive Piney Woods of East Texas and 135 years of history. Unplug for an experience where history, nature and adventure meet.
The Piney Woods Express Diesel Excursion is powered by restored FP9 passenger units, TSR 125 and/or TSR 126. These remarkably restored engines aren’t just for show! General Motors built 481 of the FP9 and FP7 locomotives to haul passengers during the “Golden Age” of streamliners. From the moment one steps aboard a vintage 1920s car, history comes alive. Relaxed seating, thoughtful décor and friendly, responsive car attendants add to the ambiance of the scenic journey afforded by travelers a century ago.
This 4-hour round-trip train excursion departs from the historic Palestine Rail Depot and travels to our Rusk Rail Depot, where guests will deboard the train for an approximate 1 hour and 20-minute layover. During the layover, guests will be able to have lunch, explore the grounds or take in some history visiting the interior of the depot as well as our gift shop. We have multiple seating and pricing options for this excursion.
Most cars are climate-controlled, have restrooms, along with access to our concession car stocked with snacks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages for purchase. All seats have views along the Piney Woods route, with narration and music to highlight the trip. Seven different accommodations are offered on the Piney Woods Express Excursion: Private Caboose, Presidential 1511, Presidential 42 Couches, Presidential 42 Table and Chairs (for two), Dome, First Class, and Open-Air Coach. We also offer an ADA-compliant coach Car. Locomotive Cab Rides are also available on these excursions. Please call our reservations desk at 855-632-7729 for detail on a locomotive cab ride or to book in our ADA-compliant coach.