The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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December 12, 2012

All Aboard! Families making memories on TSR's Polar Express™


PALESTINE — The Dome Car

New to The Polar Express™ this year is the addition of a 1954 Sky View dome car from Chicago that arrived at the Texas State Railroad after Thanksgiving.

“The dome car is a stainless steel, double decker passenger rail car that features upper seating 16 feet above the rail in a cabin enhanced by larger than normal windows,” Gregg explained. “The lower seating area offers a more intimate passenger experience, by seating a smaller number of people than most passenger cars.”

Featuring a “winter wonderland” theme, the dome car’s upper deck is decorated in silver, blue and white while the lower deck matches decorations in the Lone Star class cars.

Gregg said the addition of the dome car has spurred ticket sales of The Polar Express™ this season.

“Tickets for the dome car have been selling like hotcakes. We’ve never had a dome car on our rails before, so it makes what is already a unique experience even more special. It’s exciting to know people get that and want to enjoy it while it’s here,” she stated.

The Polar Express™ Runs

The Polar Express™ will continue with runs from the Palestine Depot through Dec. 29. Trains depart at 3:45 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8:10 p.m. Tickets start at $40 for adults and $20 for children.

For more information or reservations, go to or call 1-888-987-2461.

The Texas State Railroad Gift Shop is open before and after every ride and features a wide variety of Texas State Railroad and The Polar Express™ souvenirs.

Food vendors are open at the depot before and after every ride.

Also at the depot, Lee Loveless Photography will be offering commemorative photos before and after the rides.

Giving Back

The Texas State Railroad is a drop off location for Toys For Tots. On Saturday, all of the attendants on the Lone Star Car will donate 100 percent of their tips to Toys For Tots.

 Toys For Tots drop-off boxes are set up at the Palestine and Rusk depots throughout the holiday season.

Guests are encouraged to bring a new toy for their child to donate to less fortunate children in Anderson and Cherokee counties.

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