The Texas State Railroad

Texas State Railroad VOLUNTEERS

When I was about 12 years old, my parents took the whole family to ride the Texas State Railroad. TSR #201 pulled us that day and I distinctly remember being in absolute Heaven. On the return from Rusk I rode the entire way standing on the platform of the lead coach just behind the tender, soaking in the sights, sounds, and smells of an operating steam locomotive. That first experience with steam had a rather profound effect on me and I've got a special place in my heart for this East Texas short-line built in 1881 and still operating through the piney woods.

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