San Antonio Station
|Address||350 Hoefgen Street
San Antonio, TX 78205
|Platforms||1 side platform, 1 island platform|
|Owned by||VIA Metropolitan Transit|
|Passengers (2013)||68,268 2.7%|
Southern Pacific Railroad Passenger Station
Sunset Depot, San Antonio, Texas (postcard, circa 1903-1924)
|Location||San Antonio, Texas|
|Architect||Daniel J. Patterson|
|Architectural style||Spanish Mission|
|NRHP Reference #||75001955|
|Added to NRHP||May 29, 1975|
San Antonio Station serves two Amtrak lines; the Sunset Limited and the Texas Eagle. The two lines are actually part of the same train from Los Angeles, California, but splits at this station with the Sunset Limited continuing onto New Orleans, Louisiana and the Texas Eagle to Chicago, Illinois.
Amtrak previously utilized the historic Southern Pacific Railroad Station, that was also known as the Sunset Station. It was designed by SP's architect Daniel J. Patterson in the Spanish Mission Revival style, and built in 1902 by the SP. The train station was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.
Amtrak moved operations in 1998 to a smaller depot that was built adjacent to the older Sunset Station. Under its owner, VIA Metropolitan Transit, the historic Sunset Station underwent an extensive restoration and now serves as an entertainment complex. The station also neighbors the Alamodome. There is even a preserved 2-8-2 Baldwin "Mikado" steam locomotive that had belonged to the Southern Pacific railroad, was donated to the City of San Antonio at the end of its service life in 1956, and placed on static display at nearby Maverick Park for many years before being relocated to the station. Another "Mikado", donated simultaneously to the City of Austin, is operated on excursion trains for live steam enthusiasts by the Austin Steam Train Association.
- Amtrak – Stations – San Antonio, TX
- Texaseagle.com: San Antonio Amtrak station for "Texas Eagle" line information
- Profile of San Antonio Station
- Official Sunset Station complex webpage
- Austin Steam Train Association
- Train Web, USA Rail Guide: San Antonio Amtrak Station & Sunset Depot
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