I’m not even quite sure where to start, except for $200, we’re so incredibly disappointed.Our day started at 4AM this morning as we had a 3.5 hour drive ahead of us before boarding the train for the first time. Due to Covid, my birthday plans AND our anniversary plans were cancelled so this train ride was to replace both events’ catastrophe.We arrived at the depot the recommended 1 hour early and i was so excited. We walked around, saw the sites, enjoyed the views. All was well!Alas! We board the train. The train car that we paid $75 per person for. The train car that we researched extensively when deciding which to choose.A wall of heat! Mind you, this is Texas. It’s HOT outside! When we walked up the stairs into the Dome car expecting some relief from the blistering heat, but it was more hot inside than it was outside of the car,I knew we were about to have some issues. The tiny box fan they had at the rear of the car wasn’t quite going to cut it. There wasn’t even an apology or mention about it being so hot.That leads me to my next point; the car was so hot our “appetizer” was melted. Mm! Hot, melted cheese and grapes.We tried really hard to move past these two snafus. We had decided we were going to enjoy this excursion even if we melted! So, we start the journey to Rusk! We’re patiently waiting for some pretty scenery or some narration. Nothing. Nada. Zilch. Zero. We literally stared at overgrown ditches and unkept vegetation in dead silence the entire 1.5 hours to Rusk and back. We specifically chose this train ride to see parts of Texas we haven’t seen yet. I could have seen un-manicured weeds for a lot less money in my home town. as for the narration; on the way back, the overhead speaker played about 2/3 of the time and would cut out mid sentence and never resume. We have no idea what the history of the railroad actually is.Once we finally arrived at Rusk depot, it’s adorable. I’m excited. Maybe this will be better, right? It’s got to be better.Not really. Even though we paid one of the highest fares for the trip; for a less than cool train ride, that wasn’t all! We were last of the train and in line to receive our cold lunch. Infact, we were so far back that they didn’t even have a full variety of the beverages and the food was literally cold. had we not paid so much money, we would have been content with the less than appetizing food, but we literally dropped $200 for this one event to receive all of these issues.In addition to the aforementioned, even though they appear to sanitize (due to Covid), the train itself was in need of a deep cleaning. There were quite a few ants throughout the entire train car. Being certified In food handling, im able to identify sugar ants. These tiny ants are a result of improper cleaning measures and left over food being left for them to come eat.All in all, we paid $200 for some cute selfies and a really sad memory. If you have a desire to pay large sums of money simply to ride a train, I’d recommend it. If you want to see East Texas and enjoy a cute, fun train ride, I wouldn’t recommend this one at all.Please note that I only left this detailed of a review in hopes it Will be used constructively to make improvements for future guests.