San Antonio Railroad History...
Geographically located near the center of southewest
Texas, San Antonio was at one time the crossroads for several different
railroads: The Missouri Pacific
(MOPAC), the Southern Pacific
whose "Sunset Route" from Los Angeles made for many a well-known
person to visit the city-- Greta Garbo, Lillian Gish and Al Capone
to name just a few; the Texas & Pacific
Railway and the Missouri Kansas
Texas "KATY" Railway.
The San Antonio & Fredricksburg Railroad
provided passenger and lumber service to the hill country just north
of San Antonio. The rails heading south out of Fredricksburg
were taken up some years later and now the line only extends to the
Camp Bullis military range. The line is now owned by the UP which
runs daily rock trains out of an immense quarry near the Fiesta Texas
On part of the adandoned line, close to the town of Welfare, there
is an old tunnel that now serves as a residence for bats. In the fall,
about dusk, people gather at a spot on the mountain above the tunnel
to watch the bats come out for food. The cloud of bats is so large
that it routinely shows up on doppler radar signals.
Posted here are photo sets of the three major San Antonio stations.
The famous MKT Station is gone, but the other two, the "MOPAC"
station and the Sunset Station have been refurbished and are still