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NM Railroad History 2019-08-19T17:46:09+00:00

At Santa Fe, NM’s El Museo Cultural Center
and Railyard District
Labor Day Weekend – 2019

Opening Night Reception, Panel Discussion, and Exhibition
Aug. 30, 2019 (5-8pm)

Railroad Art, Photography, and Model Railroad Exhibition
Aug. 31 – Sept. 2, 2019 (10a-4pm)

New Mexico Railroad History Celebration

Family weekend event held in Santa Fe, NM’s historic railyard. The 2nd Annual Event Weekend is Aug. 30 – Sept. 2, 2019 – Featuring the Opening Night Celebration and associated Railroad Art, Photography, and Model Railroad Exhibition.
The event celebrates history, culture, and educational fun – family enjoyment and awareness of this unique vast treasure of railroad history all around the state to inspire future railroad professionals, historians, and hobbyists.
The event is free to the public.

Opening Night Reception and Panel Discussion
August 30, 2019, 5pm – 8pm

  • El Museo Cultural Exhibit Center where the public is invited to participate in a panel discussion regarding historical rail development in New Mexico with 5-6 notable individuals
  • The evening event is the kickoff to the 2nd Annual Weekend History Celebration
  • Admission is free – Seating is limited

Weekend History Celebration
Aug. 31 – Sept. 2, 2019, 10am – 4pm

  • El Museo Cultural Exhibit Center featuring 21,000 sq. ft. of model railroad layouts surrounded by railroad art and photography – Professionals, amateurs, and children’s work
  • Railroad education, information, and concession booths for railroad history, railroad safety, locomotive restoration projects, rail artifacts, and docent-led history tours of the Plaza, Railyard, etc. at El Museo Cultural
    • Rail History Walks Info – Free Guided Historical Tours
      • Sat., Aug. 31 and Sun., Sept. 1, 10 am – noon
      • A 1.75-mile guided walk around the greater Railyard area, stopping at over a dozen points of historic interest
      • Part of the Vamonos / Santa Fe Walks series of community walks
      • Event Flyer for more details
  • Bicycle tours of historic and active rail alignments led by the Santa Fe Conservation Trust departing from El Museo Cultural
    • Historic Rails and Trails Discussion Panel – Free 
      • Sun., Sept. 2, 1-3 pm in El Museo’s “Third Rail” auditorium
      • To discuss the value of existing and potential rails-to-trails in New Mexico
      • Presentation of details on rails-to-trails efforts in Cloudcroft, Capitan, Santa Fe, Las Vegas, and Raton NM
  • Santa Fe Depot Visitors Center will feature on-going build of a permanent operating model railroad layout designed and built by Santa Fe Model Railroad Club

Throughout the Weekend Event visitors can engage in:

  • State-wide railroad tourism destination details
  • Children’s events – interactive layout, wooden trains on floor, etc.
  • Restoration videos and details of historic locomotives such as Albuquerque’s #2926 steam locomotive
  • Exploration of historic Santa Fe landmarks – La Fonda (Harvey House up until 1969) and Tomasita’s Restaurant (originally Union Station built in 1904)
  • Revitalization details of historic Harvey Houses (La Castañeda in Las Vegas, NM and La Posada in Winslow, AZ) with Allan Affeldt’s renovation projects
  • Railroad tracks with prototype railway equipment to view and photograph – RailRunner, and Santa Fe Southern Railway locomotives and coaches
  • Other Excursions to hop on!:
    • Chili Line Site Visit in La Tierra Trails
      • Meet Sun., Sept. 1, at 4:30 pm at Buckman Motocross Track (near La Tierra Trails Junction 22)
      • Tour site of proposed Chili Line Interpretive Trail
      • Explore La Tierra Trails and retrace more of the Chili Line by foot or by mountain bike, on natural-surface trails
      • Option to retrace Chili Line back to the Railyard by bicycle
      • More details in SFCT Calendar listing
    • Ride the New Mexico Central Railroad – by Bicycle
Photograph by John Bjorklund, Collection of Center for Railroad Photography and Art

Photograph by John Bjorklund, Collection of Center for Railroad Photography and Art