Texas State Railroad offers shelter to Hurricane Harvey evacuees

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PALESTINE, Texas — The Texas State Railroad is offering its camping facilities free of charge to Gulf Coast residents displaced by Hurricane Harvey.
The railroad says that those in need of shelter who have motor homes, tents, or camper trailers and have a driver’s license or other document to identify their home address can call (855) 632-7729 to apply for a free spot on the railroad’s grounds.

“In Texas we take care of each other,” says Greg Udolph, general manager of the Texas State Railroad. “Many families have been displaced by this disaster. The Texas State Railroad, and our parent company, the Western Group, strongly believe in helping fellow our fellow Texans.”

As a former state park, the railroad’s endpoints in Rusk and Palestine, Texas, both host campsites with electricity and water hookups and access to restrooms, playgrounds, and laundry facilities. All other camping facilities parks still managed by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department have also opened their grounds to Harvey evacuees.

The Texas State Railroad is approximately 150 miles north of Houston, and has seen little rainfall on account of Hurricane Harvey.The railroad operates steam and diesel powered excursion trains on a 25 mile stretch of track between Palestine and Rusk, and is home to Texas & Pacific 2-10-4 No. 610. Earlier this year, the railroad made headlines as the Arizona-based Western Group took over operations from Iowa Pacific.

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