PALESTINE — For the first time, the Texas State Railroad has created a special train ride especially for viewing the annual blooming of the dogwoods in their natural habitat.
The Texas State Railroad’s first brunch train will roll out from the Palestine Depot at 10:15 a.m. Sunday, March 30.
“Running the middle weekend of Palestine’s 76th annual Dogwood Trails event, this ride is sure to offer picturesque views of the East Texas forest country at its finest,” a TSRR news release said.
The meal, catered by Contemporary Catering of Palestine, will feature a spinach, strawberry and grapefruit salad with poppy seed dressing; bacon and cheese quiche for adults and pigs in a blanket for children 12 and under; fresh fruit including strawberries, kiwi, melon, grapes and banana with a light fruity dressing; cheese and crackers; biscuits and jam; and Choux Rings (light and crunchy pastries glazed with an almond-flavored glaze.)
Non-alcoholic beverages also will be served, including non-alcoholic versions of the traditional brunch beverages: the Mimosa and the Bloody Mary. Guests who wish to bring their own beverages for these drinks may do so, but they must open and pour their own bottles.
The four-hour train ride will include a one-hour layover in Rusk for guests to stretch their legs, enjoy the park, view the exhibits in the depot and visit the gift shop.
Tickets are $50 per person. Seating is limited. For more information or to book tickets, call 903-683-3098 or go to: https://www.texasstaterr.com/events.php.