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San Antonio Zoo shows off their brand-new train

The zoo hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday morning.
Credit: San Antonio Zoo
new train at San Antonio Zoo

SAN ANTONIO — All aboard! The San Antonio Zoo showed off their brand-new train Tuesday morning.

This is the second new locomotive the zoo has introduced into the fleet within the last year, bringing its unique design onto the two-mile track. 

"The new diesel train was funded 100% by donations, with the lead naming gift of $300,000 from Union Pacific. In addition, each zoo train runs on fuel generously donated by Valero Energy Corporation and features more leg room, more seating space, improved sound systems, and ADA accessibility," zoo officials said.  

The zoo is still working on plans for a third new train, which representatives say will be very distinct from the two new trains now in operation. All of the new trains feature improvements from previous versions, such as more leg room, more seating space, improved sound systems and ADA accessibility.

Credit: San Antonio Zoo

"This has been an exciting and historic day for our community and for train lovers," zoo President and CEO Tim Morrow is quoted as saying in a release. "The San Antonio Zoo Train has been a part of the community since 1956, creating lifelong memories for generations. This is the second new locomotive introduced into the fleet within the last year, bringing its own unique beauty and flare onto the two-mile track. We are so thankful to Union Pacific, Valero Energy Corporation, and all of our donors for helping create many more memories to come."

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