Texas Transportation Museum

The Texas Transportation Museum (TTM) is a transportation museum located near San Antonio, Texas, USA.

Texas Transportation Museum
Texas Transportation Front Sign as of 2021.jpg
Established1964
LocationSan Antonio, Texas
 United States
Coordinates29°32′53″N 98°26′05″W / 29.548163°N 98.434766°W / 29.548163; -98.434766
TypeTransportation Museum
WebsiteTTM website

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.

The museum hosts three major events annually, an Easter egg hunt in April for Easter,[1] "Spook-Track-Ula" in October for Halloween,[2] and "Santa's Railroad Wonderland" in December for Christmas.[3]

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.[4]

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 58-mile (1.0 km) of trackage in total, with its mainline that runs 13-mile (0.54 km) from the east and west ends of the property.[5]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:

Operating:

Static Display:

Model railroad displaysEdit

  • HO scale layout operated by the Alamo Model Railroad Engineers (AMRE) [6]
  • G gauge outdoor layout operated by the San Antonio Garden Railroad Engineers Society (SAGRES) [7]
  • N scale layout operated by the San Antonio N-Trak Association (SANTRAK)
  • O scale layout operated by TTM [8]

GalleryEdit

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