G Scale San Antonio Heritage Trains
A "Lost Flags" project created by Jim Shutt

Jim Shutt of the San Antonio Garden Railroad Engineer Society (SAGRES) is engaged in an ambitious project to create "G" gauge model trains of all the railroads that have served San Antonio. This involves a lot of research, looking for pictures and information about how these companies identified their rolling stock, plus what types of locomotives, passenger and freight cars they used. The results are wonderful. There simply isn't anywhere else that people can see accurate working models of the trains these companies operated. The project fits the purposes of the Texas Transportation Museum's historical function to a tee. It enables visitors to experience history in a truly unique way. What follows are some of the models that have been made so far.
San Antonio "Lost Flags" decal sheet

San Antonio "Lost Flags" decal sheet showing the logos of several raid companies that once served San Antonio
San Antonio has been served by many different railroad companies. Of the nine original independent railroads, three soon became part of the Southern Pacific. These were the Galveston, Harrisburg & San Antonio, the San Antonio & Gulf Shore and the San Antonio & Aransas Pass. Another three soon were acquired by the Missouri Pacific. These were the International & Great Northern, the San Antonio, Uvalde & Gulf and the San Antonio Southern, which was originally called the Artesian Belt. The Missouri-Kansas-Texas, also known as the Katy, remained independent. In time the Union Pacific merged with the Missouri Pacific, purchased the MKT and merged with the Southern Pacific to become the sole owner of all tracks in and around San Antonio. AMTRAK leases trackage rights from the UP and the BNSF, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe, was granted limited access through San Antonio as a condition of the UP / SP merger.
Artesian Belt / San Antonio Southern

"G" gauge Artesian Belt gondola
"G" gauge Artesian Belt gondola
"G" gauge Artesian Belt boxcar
"G" gauge Artesian Belt boxcar
"G" gauge San Antonio Southern boxcar
"G" gauge San Antonio Southern boxcar
"G" gauge San Antonio Southern caboose
CPS Energy "SATX" coal cars

CPS, or City Public Service, operates San Antonio's coal fired electricity generating power stations. Every day coal in vast quantities is delivered from Wyoming using a remaining spur of the old San Antonio & Aransas Pass RR near Elmendorf. CPS Energy owns and operates a huge fleet of coal cars which are emptied by being tilted upside down at a purpose built terminal. It is important that the cars are always put into each train in the right direction to allow the emptying procedure to work properly and the cars are painted red at one end to prevent problems. The cars belonging to CPS Energy are identified as SATX. While this is not a fallen flag as such, representing this cars in this project is important as it underscores the continuing importance of the railroads to San Antonio today. The cars in the pictures is in the stle of SATX coal cars in the 1970s.
"G" gauge CPS Energy "SATX" coal car
I"G" gauge CPS Energy "SATX" coal car
"G" gauge CPS Energy "SATX" coal car
Galveston, Harrisburg & San Antonio

"G" scale Galveston, Harrisburg & San Antonio box car
"G" scale Galveston, Harrisburg & San Antonio box car
"G" scale Galveston, Harrisburg & San Antonio locomotive tender
International and Great Northern

"G" gauage International and Great Northern box car
"G" gauage International and Great Northern box car
San Antonio and Aransas Pass

"G" scale Galveston, San Antonio and Aransas Pass box car
"G" scale San Antonio and Aransas Pass box car
"G" scale San Antonio and Aransas Pass freight cars
"G" scale San Antonio and Aransas Pass freight cars
"G" scale Galveston, San Antonio and Aransas Pass gondola
"G" scale San Antonio and Aransas Pass box car
"G" scale San Antonio and Aransas Pass gondolas
"G" scale San Antonio and Aransas Pass freight cars
"G" scale Galveston, San Antonio and Aransas Pass cattle car
"G" scale San Antonio and Aransas Pass cattle car
"G" scale San Antonio and Aransas Pass cattle car
San Antonio, Fredericksburg and Northern

"G" gauage San Antonio, Fredericksburg and Northern box car
San Antonio and Gulf

"G" gauage San Antonio and Gulf box car
San Antonio, Uvalde and Gulf

"G" gauage San Antonio, Uvalde and Gulf gondola
Tex-Mex Railroad

Although the "Tex-Mex" did not serve San Antonio, it is yet a fascinating small South Texas railroad well worthy of attention. Completed in 1881, it ran from Corpus Christi to Laredo, and was vital to the economic development of both port cities.
"G" gauge Tex-Mex Railroad diesel-electric locomotive
I"G" gauge Tex-Mex Railroad diesel-electric locomotive
"G" gauge Tex-Mex Railroad diesel-electric locomotive

 

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