San Antonio Station

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Not to be confused with San Antonio (Caltrain station).
San Antonio
San Antonio Train Station.jpg
Station statistics
Address 350 Hoefgen Street
San Antonio, TX 78205
Line(s)
Connections Thruway Motorcoach
Platforms 1 side platform, 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Parking Yes
Bicycle facilities Yes
Other information
Opened 1998
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code SAS
Owned by VIA Metropolitan Transit
Traffic
Passengers (2013) 68,268[1] Decrease 2.7%
Services
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward Los Angeles
Sunset Limited
toward New Orleans
Texas Eagle
toward Chicago
Southern Pacific Railroad Passenger Station
Sunset Depot, San Antonio, Texas.jpg
Sunset Depot, San Antonio, Texas (postcard, circa 1903-1924)
San Antonio Station is located in Texas
San Antonio Station
Location San Antonio, Texas
Coordinates 29°25′12″N 98°28′40″W / 29.42000°N 98.47778°W / 29.42000; -98.47778Coordinates: 29°25′12″N 98°28′40″W / 29.42000°N 98.47778°W / 29.42000; -98.47778
Built 1902
Architect Daniel J. Patterson
Architectural style Spanish Mission
NRHP Reference # 75001955
Added to NRHP May 29, 1975

San Antonio Station serves as the Amtrak train station located on the eastern portion of Downtown San Antonio, in San Antonio, Texas.

Service[edit]

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.

San Antonio Station provides an Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach route serving Harlingen, Brownsville, and McAllen, Texas.

History[edit]

Sunset Station[edit]

Historic view of 1902 Sunset Station, the first San Antonio Station.

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2013, State of Texas" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 

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