Monday, November 27, 2006 at 2:49 pm

Texas State Railroad in Trouble

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Image from Texas State Railroad The Texas State Railroad, which runs tourist trains between Rusk and Palestine, will shut down at the end of the year unless the state provides emergency funds: Associated Press (mirror), Dallas Morning News, Lufkin Daily News. The underfunded Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, which has preserved the line as a state park since 1976, has had to shuffle funds around to keep it operating. The railroad loses $1 million a year and needs something like $40 million for maintenance and repair over the next decade, but generates millions per year in tourist revenue and spinoffs. There’s talk of transferring the railroad to private hands to keep it operating, but unless emergency funds are found, the trains will stop operating and become static displays. More at the Save the Texas State Railroad page.

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