- Associated Press - Friday, January 9, 2015

RUSK, Texas (AP) - More people have been riding the rails in East Texas on a route known for its history and scenic woods.

The Texas State Railroad in Rusk on Thursday announced annual ridership in 2014 topped 79,000.

Spokeswoman Janet Gregg says that compares to about 66,000 riders during 2013. The previous best year for ridership was 1984 when about 75,000 people took trips as the railroad was operated by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.

The Texas State Railroad, which was established in 1881, offers regular routes plus various trips with holiday themes. The railroad last fall also featured educational runs for students.

The railroad is operated by Iowa Pacific Holdings. Departures are from depots in Palestine (PAL’-uhs-teen) and Rusk, about 115 miles southeast of Dallas.




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