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Texas Transportation Museum, San Antonio

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TTM occupies a 40 acre site in the north-east of San Antonio just north of the International Airport. It has a full sized operating railroad with a half mile of mainline and offers scheduled train rides, included in admission. It has a number of classic vehicles including a 1924 fire truck which visitors may ride on when conditions on the unpaved roads permit.
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  • My husband is the train buff so I would not have picked this place, but it was very nice. He really enjoyed it. The folks working there clearly love it. We visited the first week of November, so the t...  more »
  • My two children, ages 11 and 5, and I visited during spring break. The weather was colder than usual so there weren't too many people there. My 5 year old son had a great time! He loved the train ride...  more »
  • We were staying at a hotel near the airport and looking for something to do on a cool drizzly morning. The museum was close by and easy to access via Wurzbach Pkwy. and Wetmore Rd. This is not a slick...  more »
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  • Drove by during the work week and decided to take the family. Wife, daughter and son had been there with school functions before. Myself and the toddler had not been there. We loved the train ride and went on it twice (2 different times). My son and I would like to become a volunteer so we picked up a form from Ms. Marie. Wife and I loved the super cold water fountain, it felt very refreshing after walking the hot summer heat. Will return frequently. Would love to help with the restoration of the old cars.
  • For me it was disappointing. I have been to many train museums and I expected more. I went hoping to see full size trains from many years ago. Well, other that the one you ride, there is one engine, a coal car, two passenger cars and a caboose. That is it. They are cool but the other train museums I have visited have at least 10 train cars to visit and some have had many more. The antique cars were cool but again, they were very limited. Now, if you go to see MODEL trains, you will be very pleased as they are a lot of them. One last comment. We went with a person in a wheel chair and it was very difficult even though the person did not go in the train cars. The train ride was easy enough but the rest was rough. There is handicapped parking at the upper level building but we weren't told that until we pushed the wheel chair all the way up the hill.
  • It's VERY rustic out here, but the staff is super-talented and awesome. If you're a train buff this is the place for you. The longer we stayed, the more fun it became. Give it a chance and you'll have a great time.
  • Incredibly disappointing, would not recommend it unless you have litterly never seen a train. Pro - There is 1 engine (you can stand in it), 1 coal car, 2 passenger trains (you can sit in the seats or at least no one tried to stop us), and 1 caboose. There's a real train you can ride for 5 minutes round trip. Each train car (except for the engine) that you can access has informational plaques and maniquins and detailed interior, you can't climb into the cupola but you can sit on the seats (or beds as it were in the caboose). There were some wagons and older cars, not my area so can't speak to that. Cons - It's 10 dollars per adult. Some of the interior work is pretty janky (but it is good for the most part) such as in one of the cars there's a stove with a light bulb I think was suppose to be a fire on the floor next to it. While the lady in the front office was very friendly litterly no one else was, we were wearing train club polos and touring all of the Model Railroad clubs in the area and they never even made eye contact with us in the model rail road room (3 club members were there just sitting around), and the train staff didn't even speak to us. The model rail road was very poor and crimally undersized considering the massive building leading up to it, very unimpressive, just a small layout with a bunch of cars (mostly iron ore) slammed on it with no real reason. The train ride is 5 minutes round trip generously, over a very poorly maintained jointed rail complete with period accurate ear splitting screeches, it's a straight line through a bassicly empty field and then reverse back, it's included in your ticket and if it's one of the days you pay extra I would 100% recommend you not do it, during the entire ride the staff did not speak to us (despite one of them standing within 2 feet of me on the return leg). If you're going here for the "real train rides" keep in mind it will cost you about $2/minute. Outdoor model trains were very weak, the best part is a hobo camp that is almost hidden, and is probably the most detailed part of the outdoor rail line.
  • Enjoyed the visit, my daughter had fun. The staff here are kind and friendly.