Texas State Railroad

(AP) Financial help may be on the way for the struggling Texas State Railroad.

Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst and House Speaker Tom Craddick Monday sent a letter to the head of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Dewhurst and Craddick say they believe the department has the funds to keep the train running through August.

Officials at the agency received the letter, they plan discuss it with their commission and have a statement Tuesday.

The last run for the East Texas train, which ferries tourists between Rusk and Palestine (PAL'-uh-steen), is set for December 30th.

But a task force is lobbying the state for 650-thousand dollars to keep the train running until the 2007 Legislature can vote on long-term operating funds.

The railroad was first opened in the 1880s.