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New Donated Item Received


Today, in the mail, we received an interesting artifact from one of Facebook page followers.  He felt that it was an important piece and that we needed it to add to our collection.  We are thoroughly impressed with this Missouri Pacific Railroad timetable for the San Antonio Division from August 8, 1954.  We had not seen any of the information on all of the passengers trains listed in this timetable…

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

  • Posted April 7th 2020, 8:58 PM
  • By IronHorse


The World’s Largest Steam Locomotive is coming to the Alamo City!!!

  • Posted October 18th 2019, 12:25 AM
  • By IronHorse

That’s right, the newly restored Union Pacific #4014 “The Big Boy” is touring the UP System to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the transcontinental railroad, and making a stop in San Antonio. and is going to be on public display right next to San Antonio’s Steam Locomotive.

For public safety reasons, cab tours of the Big Boy are NOT Likely.  However, members of the Friends of the SP794, a

SARHM interviewed for a Podcast

  • Posted July 31st 2019, 11:07 PM
  • By IronHorse

Gary Rodriguez, President, and B.L. Miers, Treasurer, had the pleasure of being interviewed by Kevin Barron of Beyond the Riverwalk for a podcast.  Each week the Barron family produce a new issue which is uploaded to their site, for all their listeners to download and listen to.  Most of these recordings are 30 minutes in length with topics about different organizations, events in the San Antonio…



150th Anniversary - Transcontinental Railroad Completion

  • Posted May 10th 2019, 12:01 AM
  • By IronHorse

Today marks the 150th Anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad.
The Union Pacific has been very busy during the last few years, restoring a steam locomotive that when they retired them from revenue service in 1959, they would never be operated again.
A few days again Big Boy UP4014, backed out of its stall in the UP Steam Shop in Cheyenne WY under its own power.  This is simply an awesome piece of railroading history that has been fully restored and is now back on the rails…

William R. Cantrel

  • Posted November 3rd 2018, 8:43 PM
  • By IronHorse

It is with great sorrow that we mourn the loss of one of our members, Mr. William R. Cantrel.  He was just 42 years old when he passed from this world on November 2, 2018.  He is survived by his Mother, Sister, Son, Daughter and many friends.

Some of our members have been friends with Will A.K.A Bobby for 30 years.  He was a good natured soul, and always had a smile on his face.  There

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Changes are Coming!

  • Posted June 13th 2018, 12:36 PM
  • By IronHorse

We are making some changes.  And no, we are not making these changes to follow "Big Business" :lol:  More to come!

Texas Supreme Court Takes on the Hays Street Bridge Case


Have a Safe and Happy New Year!


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Surprises in SP Alamo


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"The Alamo" business car has many surprises hidden away in the depths of its interior.  In one of the four staterooms, in a closet, a paper bag was found with a stack of kitchen towels.  These towels are marked SOUTHERN PACIFIC and PULLMAN.  Most of the towels are in mint condition but only yellowed from years of storage.

SOUTHERN PACIFIC Business car #127, the “ALAMO”  


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Help us restore the “Alamo” to its former glory!
Donate Today!
          The Southern Pacific business car, #127, the “Alamo” was constructed by the Pullman Company in June of 1926 for the Galveston Harrisburg and San Antonio Railway as car #999, “Alamo”.  The car was sold/transferred to the Texas & New Orleans Railroad as car #999 somewhere between June 1931 and June 1932 where it continued…

Elmendorf Heritage and Railroad Museum


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We have a location that is now open for you to visit   Please come on by and see our museum which is located in Elmendorf, TX.

203 Bexar Ave
Elmendorf TX 78112

Fri - 12PM - 6PM
Sat - 12PM - 6PM


Marvin D. Tieken, Jr.

It is with great sorrow that we mourn the loss of one of our charter members, Mr. Marvin D. Tieken, Jr. He just celebrated his 62nd birthday when he passed from this world on October 13, 2008. He is survived by his sister and many friends.

Mr. Tieken retired from the Southern Pacific Railroad, and then was called back to work for the Union Pacific Railroad after the merger. Later, he was employed by Trans-Texas Rail Shops.