After Mary Barrett train retirement, San Antonio Zoo welcomes new Union Pacific model to its fleet

One month after retiring the Mary Barrett train that helped serve millions of visitors to the San Antonio Zoo, the local attraction on Tuesday welcomed the Union Pacific Mini Train to its fleet. 

This is the zoo’s second new locomotive in the last year, and it’s “bringing its own unique beauty and flare onto the 2-mile track,” Tim Morrow, president and CEO of the zoo, said in a statement. 

Last September, the zoo added the “CWT Express,” designed based on the San Antonio Zoo’s color palette. The CWT Express is the first addition to the lineup since the early 2000s, according to Cyle Perez, a zoo spokesman. 

The “CWT Express,” which was designed based off of the San Antonio Zoo’s color palate, was added in September.

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The new train is led by Union Pacific Locomotive No. 210, designed after the Streamliner engines of the 1950s and 60s. Perez wrote in an email that the design was chosen as a nod to the history of the zoo’s fleet of trains, which were added in 1956. 

The new train was funded 100 percent by donations, the zoo wrote, with the lead naming gift of $300,000 coming from Union Pacific. A third train is being designed, according to the zoo, which will be “very distinct” from the two currently operating trains, although the zoo is still working on plans and designs, Perez wrote. 

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All three of the new trains will feature improvements over the old models, including more leg room, more seating space, improved sound systems and Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility. 

The zoo’s trains operate in Brackenridge Park along the banks of the San Antonio River and include various stops near the Witte Museum, the Sunken Garden Theater and the Japanese Tea Garden. 

“We are excited for this new train to fuel many more memories in the years to come,” Perez said.

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