Choo Choo! All aboard the newest and most innovative train in Bexar County.
On Monday, September 27, the San Antonio Zoo announced the arrival of its newest addition, a miniature train that is now open to the public!
To celebrate this momentous occasion, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at Brackenridge Park. In attendance was Zoo CEO Tim Morrow, along with City Councilman Mario Bravo, as well as the zoo’s mascot, Cowboy.
"We are all incredibly excited to showcase this new train to the public here in Brackenridge Park," Morrow told MySA. "The San Antonio Zoo train has been a part of San Antonio since 1956, creating lifelong memories for generations. I am humbled by and grateful to the donors and Valero energy corporation for bringing this exciting addition to life for our community."
According to MySA, this innovative creation is the newest to chug along the tracks since the early 2000s. The two previous trains operating out of the station have been around since the 1980s and will soon be out of commission.
The newest train was built and designed by Texas rail company, Swannee River Railroad, based out of Lufkin, Texas. It is ADA accessible and offers a significant increase in legroom and an improved PA system to offer a positive experience all around. The fuel used is proudly donated by the Valero Energy Corporation.
The San Antonio Zoo Train, previously known as the Brackenridge Eagle Miniature Railroad, has been a staple for San Antonians since 1956 and is an enjoyable experience for the whole family.
Conductor Stone Badgley conducted the inaugural ride. “This new train feels great, it’s from a brand-new company here in Texas. I love it — it handles just great. There’s a few less things we have to worry about, it doesn’t run on propane canisters anymore, it’s diesel,” Badgley told MySA before families lined up for the ride.
The Zoo Train at Brackenridge Park welcomes riders of all ages and is located at 3910 North St. Mary’s.
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