Day 5: Dallas to Rusk, TX for steam train ride
Roadfood: Pitt Grill, Rusk TX
Today we got up early and drove to Rusk, TX to ride the steam train over to Palestine, TX. Since neither of us had been there before, and I lost track of our Texas state road map, we saved breakfast until we got to Rusk.
Fortunately we found the Pitt Grill. I ordered a slice of country ham and a waffle. Sharon had bacon and eggs with toast, which was good, but unremarkable. The country ham was tangy, salty, and grilled. I would recommend it. The waffle was fresh, hot, light, and tasty. Nothing great, but I would definitely order it again.
Sorry, no pictures of the food. I am still getting accustomed to this picture thing and am still reluctant to pull out the camera at times. I am working on it, and should get over that feeling soon. Here are some pictures of the exterior.
We arrived at the depot on time and made the the train. The train leaves at 11:00 AM and returns about 3:30 PM and is a round trip from Rusk to Palestine and back. There is also a train that runs from Palestine to Rusk and back, but the steam engine that pulls that train was down for repair and a diesel was running that day.
It appears that the roadbed will soon be flooded to create a reservoir for Dallas’ water needs. If this sort of thing interests you, ride the train within the next year.
The depots at Palestine and Rusk are way out of town so at the stopovers there is just enough time to get lunch while they turn the engine around. The concession food is horrible so bring your own or go without.
Here are some pictures:
Instead of heading straight back to Dallas we headed over to Ennis, TX in search of some Czech food. We had not done our homework, and did not find any Czech restaurants there. We went back to Dallas and had an unremarkable meal at one of the outlets for a local barbecue chain.
I will be exploring West, TX for some Czech food on my way to San Antonio on Monday.