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Lester, It was a pleasure speaking with you today about the Houston Miata Club possibly coming to ride the Texas State Railroad. Here is an outline of the options we discussed: 1. Your group has the option of a full ride – which would be 4.5 hours. The train departs from both Palestine and Rusk depots at 11am. The ride to the other depot is 1.5 hours. The layover at that depot for lunch is 1.5 hours, and then the ride back to the originating depot is also 1.5 hours.2. A halfway ride is 1.5 hours total. You go to the halfway mark where the trains pass each other, get off and get on the other train and go back where you came from.3. We also discussed you joining in on the ride from Rusk to Maydelle to watch the 1890’s turntable turn around. If your group wants to do this ride, I will have to clear it with our GM because this is a charter already scheduled by a rail fan club, with additional riders coming from a photo excursion train full of rail fans, so I would have to make sure it would be ok for your group to join in and also what the price would be. This would have to be on Saturday, May 11th. That train would be departing the depot at 1pm, if I remember correctly. I can double check the time if that’s what you’re interested in.4. We do have a shop tour already under way on that day with the rail fan charter group. If you want in on that, I will have to double check with the GM and make sure it’s ok.5. If you want to come on Mother’s Day, numbers one and two above still apply. We could probably also set up a shop tour for your group as well.6. Lunches have changed since you last rode the train. They are optional now which allowed us to lower the ticket price and gives our customers the option of bringing their own lunch if they want. If you opt for the box lunches (menu on our web site) they are $10 each. If you come on the 11th, we already have BBQ being catered in for the two groups listed above, and could add an order for your group as well. The photo group is getting sandwiches. They are getting sliced smoked turkey and chopped beef, with chips. The cost for a ¼ lb sandwich is $3.98 and the cost for a ½ lb sandwich is $4.75. Both of these are without tax, so you would need to bring a copy of your tax exempt form to give to the caterer, and you would need to pay by check for the entire order. They will not accept individual payment or be prepared to make change.I think that’s everything. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any more questions. We look forward to having your group come ride the train! JG