RUSK, TX (KLTV) - As Easter Sunday approaches, you might be looking for a fun activity to do with the kids.
Since the 1970s, the Texas State Railroad has been a way for families to come together and take a ride through East Texas piney woods.
"Just enjoy the mesh of 21 century with the 1800s technology that most of these trains have," general manager of guest services and excursions Daniel Adair said. "Because most of these trains are easily 150 years old."
With locations in Palestine and Rusk, the state park was privatized in 2007, and along the way suffered a few bumps in the tracks. Now under the management of The Western Group, a company that specializes in excursions railroads, and Adair says the company is making some great changes.
"Whatever image we are trying to portray is one that everyone can associate with," Adair said. "One of our things is, whatever we do, we do it in style. So we make sure the train cars have nice comfortable chairs, they are all AC or heated, and then you can get any type of food you want, you know anything from your wine and beer to popcorn and candy for the kids."
This weekend the train is welcoming the public to their Easter Egg Special where parents and kids can enjoy a variety of games, bouncy houses, Easter egg hunts and pictures with the Easter bunny.
"We have a 2-year-old and a 4-year-old and obviously one coming, and its just been a blast," visitor Mark Upson. "It's a great way to get out of the house and get out on an older train and bring that experience to our kids which is fun."
The TSRR offers a variety of rides throughout the year including all the major holidays.
"We want it to be something that really puts East Texas on the map," Adair said. "And make sure when people talk about east Texas that the name Texas state railroad comes up."
The Easter egg train will run again on Saturday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. For more information how to get tickets visit the Texas State Railroad website.