Southern Pacific Locomotive #794There is a San Antonio "Icon" that is not as popular as icons like the Alamo and the Giant Cowboy Boots at North Star Mall, but it still represents San Antonio and San Antonio's history in its own unique way. It is the Southern Pacific steam locomotive #794.
She has over a 100-year history here in San Antonio. She was built in 1916 by the Brooks Locomotive Works in Dunkirk, NY, for the Texas and New Orleans (T&NO) Railroad, which was a subsidiary of the Southern Pacific Railroad. She was transported to Texas as parts and was assembled in Texas, and then was operated for forty years while being based in San Antonio. 794 was used for freight service as well as passenger service.
She was retired from service in 1956 and presented to the City of San Antonio, February 22, 1957, in Maverick Park. Then she was later brought home to the newly renovated Sunset Station, January 24th, 1999.