San Antonio station (Texas)

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

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
Passengers
201950,272 [1]Decrease 4.64%
Services
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
Del Rio Sunset Limited Houston
Texas Eagle San Marcos
toward Chicago
Former services
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
Laredo
Terminus
Inter-American San Marcos
toward Chicago
Preceding station Southern Pacific Railroad Following station
Spofford Sunset Route Flatonia
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 No.75001955
Added to NRHPMay 29, 1975

ServiceEdit

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.

HistoryEdit

 
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 and the Robert Thompson Transit Station.

A preserved 2-8-2 Baldwin "Mikado" Southern Pacific steam locomotive number 794 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. Since 2008, it has been under the care of volunteers from the San Antonio Railroad Heritage Museum.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Amtrak service in San Antonio, TX" (PDF). Rail Passengers Association. Retrieved 1 July 2020.
  2. ^ [1], San Antonio Railroad Heritage Museum

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