The Texas State Railroad is a historic 25-mile railroad between Rusk and Palestine, Texas. The start of the railroad dates back to 1881. Its original purpose was to bring in raw materials for a prison iron foundry and to take the finished product out. The railroad grew and eventually expanded to freight and passenger service, but it was not profitable. Regular train service by the state ceased in 1921, and the line was leased to various railroad companies until 1969.
Today, the railway is a park that allows visitors to ride vintage rail cars pulled by diesel and steam locomotives between the park's Victorian-style depots and through the forests of East Texas.