Texas Transportation Museum
|Location||San Antonio, Texas|
It was created in 1964 to help preserve artifacts and information about San Antonio's transportation history. TTM operates as much of its collection as possible, including many railroad vehicles on its own heritage railroad, the Longhorn and Western Railroad, multiple model train layouts, and many antique automobiles. TTM's goal is to provide an educational and entertaining experience which interprets how developments in transportation technology shaped and continue to impact daily life.
The museum was originally located at the Pearl Brewing Company in Downtown San Antonio and had used the tracks of the Texas Transportation Company. In 1967 the museum was granted use of approximately forty acres (16 ha) of what was then known as the Northeast Preserve, now McAllister Park, just north of the San Antonio International Airport on Wetmore Road.
Different areas, including a custom remodeled caboose, space inside the Zucht Display Building, picnic tables, and a large outdoor pavilion can be rented for group parties.
TTM is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
Longhorn and Western RailroadEdit
The Longhorn and Western Railroad is the Texas Transportation Museum's standard gauge heritage railroad that operates on its property and has no connection to the general rail system. The L&W consists of approximately 5⁄8-mile (1.0 km) of trackage in total, with its mainline that runs 1⁄3-mile (0.54 km) from the east and west ends of the property.Visitors can ride the full sized diesel-powered train every hour on the half hour on Saturdays and Sundays, and Fridays during the summer or holidays. A steam day is held once a month where visitors can ride behind the museum's standard gauge steam locomotive.
Rolling stock preserved on the L&W:
- US Army 1954 Baldwin RS-4-TC 1A Switcher #4035
- US Air Force 1942 GE 45-ton switcher #7071
- Comal Power Plant 1925 Baldwin 0-4-0T #1
- Missouri Pacific Railroad Flat car #50043
- Missouri Pacific Railroad Caboose #13083
- US Marine Corps Fairmont motor car #256260
- Moscow, Camden and San Augustine Railroad 1911 Baldwin 2-8-0 Steam locomotive #6
- Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Pullman business car #404
- Pullman Company (operated by Missouri–Kansas–Texas Railroad) 1924 Pullman McKeever sleeper car
- Union Pacific Railroad Caboose #25275
- Missouri Pacific Railroad Caboose #11919 - Awaiting restoration
- Missouri Pacific Railroad Caboose #13430 - Converted into a birthday party room
- Miscellaneous railroad speeders