Each year the Texas State Railroad located outside Rusk, Texas thrills children of all ages with an Easter train ride to a sunny meadow where young ones can hunt Easter eggs, hitch a hay ride, enjoy a bounce house, play games and have lunch at picnic tables under an open tent. Husband and I joined our youngest son, his wife and three-year-old grandson on such a train ride last weekend. We noticed many grandparents joined mothers, fathers and grandchildren. Paper Easter eggs hung from the railway car roof and fun stickers decorated the windows. A slow train ride to a green meadow allowed young and old to enjoy the vintage way of traveling.
Pulling our cars was Engine Number 7, the second oldest diesel locomotive built in 1947 operated on the Texas State Railroad. The railroad has two diesels and a number of antique steam engines. Nothing thrills travelers more than the gigantic puffs of steam coming out of a locomotive. The Texas prison system built the railway lines. Train events include a Sunday Fun Day Family Matinee, the Easter Egg Express, the Piney Woods Train Excursion, the Maydelle Turntable School Runs and a Moonlight Special Dinner Train. Husband and I enjoyed the Piney Woods Excursion several years ago. An air-conditioned car is available. We enjoyed the open window car on this Easter trip.
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