k5tsr is the official ham club of the texas state railroad. the texas state railroad is not only a "texas treasure," it is the official railroad of texas. the texas state prison system established the railroad in 1881 by inmates, to transport hardwood which was used as fuel for the furnaces at the prison-operated iron smelter at the rusk penitentiary. in 1906 prison crews extended the rail line to maydelle and in 1909 reached their final destination of palestine. the railroad was conveyed to the texas parks and wildlife department in 1972. the park and railroad were opened to the public on july 4th, 1976, as part of the nation's bicentennial celebration. http://www.texasstaterr.com/


send qsl requests to:


texas special purpose amateur radio club

1549 highway 84 east

palestine, tx 75801



please send a sase.