San Antonio station (Texas)

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San Antonio, TX
San Antonio Train Station.jpg
Location350 Hoefgen Street
San Antonio, Texas
United States
Owned byVIA Metropolitan Transit
Platforms1 side & 1 island platform
Tracks2
ConnectionsThruway Motorcoach
Construction
ParkingYes
Bicycle facilitiesYes
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeAmtrak code: SAS
History
Opened1998
Traffic
Passengers (2017)57,048[1]Increase 7.72%
Services
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward Los Angeles
Sunset Limited
toward New Orleans
Texas Eagle
toward Chicago
Former services
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
Laredo
Terminus
Inter-American San Marcos
toward Chicago
Southern Pacific Railroad Passenger Station
San Antonio station (Texas) is located in Texas
San Antonio station (Texas)
San Antonio station (Texas) is located in the United States
San Antonio station (Texas)
LocationSan Antonio, Texas
Coordinates29°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
Built1902
ArchitectDaniel J. Patterson
Architectural styleSpanish Mission
NRHP reference #75001955
Added to NRHPMay 29, 1975

San Antonio is an Amtrak railroad station located on the eastern portion of Downtown San Antonio, in San Antonio, Texas.

Service[edit]

San Antonio Station hosts two Amtrak services; the tri-weekly Sunset Limited and the daily Texas Eagle. Four days a week, San Antonio is the southern terminus of the Texas Eagle, which originates in Chicago. Three days a week, the Texas Eagle joins with the Sunset Limited, continuing westbound to Los Angeles.

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

History[edit]

Postcard view of the 1902-built Sunset Station, the first San Antonio station.

Amtrak previously used the historic Southern Pacific Railroad (SP) Station, also known as 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.

A preserved 2-8-2 Baldwin "Mikado" Southern Pacific steam locomotive 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. It has been operated on excursion trains for live steam enthusiasts by the Austin Steam Train Association.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2017, State of Texas" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2017. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  2. ^ Locomotive 786 - History, Austin Steam Train Association.

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