Activities 2018-09-20T07:46:33+00:00

The following activities are planned for the Weekend History Celebration in the El Museo Cultural Exhibit Center, Violet Crown Cinema, La Fonda Hotel, New Mexico History Museum, and Railyard.

Opening Night Reception and Panel Discussion
(Thursday, Sept. 13, 5p-8p)
NM History Museum Auditorium)

Public is invited, Admission is free, Seating is limited

  • Reception in Museum Lobby (5p-6p) - snacks and refreshments
  • Opening night introductions
  • Panel discussion with railroad historians and luminaries - Their experiences and observations - With audience participation
    • Melanie LaBorwit - New Mexico History Museum Educator - Host
    • Fred Friedman - New Mexico Railroad Historian - Moderator
    • Tom Church - Cabinet Secretary, New Mexico Department of Transportation
    • Peter Ives - Santa Fe City Councilor involved with early planning of Railyard Master Plan
    • Dr. Rick Hendricks - New Mexico State Historian
    • Ed Pulsifer - Director of Sales and Marketing, La Fonda on the Plaza
    • Allan Affeldt - Owner-Restorer at Castañeda Hotel, Historic Plaza Hotel, La Posada Hotel, and Lamy's Historic Legal Tender Restaurant Saloon and Railroad History Museum
    • Christene Aldeis - First Female Train Engineer in the Country
    • Karl Ziebarth - CEO and General Manager, Santa Fe Southern Railway
    • Eric Smith - Director, Amtrak

Railroad Art and Photography Exhibit

  • In El Museo Cultural’s 21,000 sq. ft. exhibit center – Professional, amateur, and children’s work on the exhibit center walls, surrounding the operating model railroad layouts, educational and information booths, and concessions
  • Railroad Art and Photography exhibition subject groupings - NM Railway Maps, Historic NM Depots, The Fred Harvey Era, NM's Railroads, Mechanics of Railroading, NM Railroad Workers, Santa Fe Railyard Details, and NM Railroad Destinations
  • Children's train equipment artwork

Prototype Train and Maintenance Equipment in Railyard

  • Rail Runner locomotive and coaches to photograph and board
  • Santa Fe Southern Railway locomotive and coaches to photograph and board
  • Railroad maintenance equipment - hi-rail (road-rail) truck, hand pump car, speeder put-put car, etc.

Train Film Festival

  • Violet Crown Cinema scheduled showings of feature-length favorite train films with subject-matter introductions
  • Planned showings are (Purchase advance tickets through Violet Crown):
    • The original Murder on the Orient Express
      • Saturday, Sept 15, 2pm
      • Sunday, Sept 16, 6pm
    • The remake of 3:30 to Yuma
      • Saturday, Sept 15, 6pm
      • Sunday, Sept 16, 2pm

Education and Information Booths (In El Museo Cultural)

  • MAKE Santa Fe's demonstration of 3D-printing of scale model cabooses
  • New Mexico railway and scenic railroad companies
  • New Mexico railroad tourism destinations
  • Railroad restorations and Harvey House restorations
  • Operation Lifesaver
  • Rail trails
  • Children’s Museum activities
  • Community Organizations and Trusts
  • Videos and presentations in the Third Rail Theater  (Seats 220)
  • Food and railroad collectibles concessions

Docent-led Railroad History Tours and La Fonda Hotel Activities

  • Staged at La Fonda Hotel, special railroad-themed 1-hour railroad docent-led tours - Starting at 11am and 2pm
  • Download details: Docent Railroad Art History Tours
  • Standard docent-led tours of historic New Mexico features such as Santa Fe Plaza, La Fonda, railyards, etc.
  • On-going history art and artifact exhibits

360-degree Cinema Dome Presentations

  • 360-degree immersive video projection environment
  • Seating for 30-35 for each viewing
  • Planned presentations:
    • Railroad multi-media presentations
    • Restoration and model hobby projects
    • Etc.

Operating Model Railroad Layouts

  • In El Museo Cultural’s 21,000 sq. ft. exhibit center surrounded by railroad art and photography
  • In Violet Crown Cinema’s lobby, a 260 sq. ft. layout in conjunction with their Train Film Festival
  • In Santa Fe Depot, unveiling of a 125 sq. ft. permanent HO-scale layout for the public to operate

Santa Fe's Rail Trails - Urban Bicycle Tours

  • "Railroad History Cruises" by Santa Fe Conservation Trust, staged from El Museo's west-side loading dock (555 Camino de la Familia, Santa Fe)
  • Bike rides to explore Chili Line, NMCRR, Bruns General Hospital Spur, Rail Runner, SFSR
  • Saturday, Sept. 15
    • 10:30a-12:00n: Easy slow ride, including Chili Line and River Trail
    • 1:00p-2:30p: Easy slow ride, including NMCRR and Rail Trail
  • Sunday, Sept. 16
    • 10:00a-11:30a: Easy slow ride, including NMCRR and Railyard parade
    • 1:00p-2:30p: Easy slow ride, including Chili Line and River Trail
  • Saturday, Sept. 22
    • 10:30a-1:00p: Longer easy ride (<15 miles paved), including NMCRR and Rail Trail
  • Saturday, Sept. 29
    • 10:30a-1:00p: Longer easy ride (<15 miles, dirt, paved, some hills), including Chili Line, La Tierra Trails, and River Trail

New Mexico History Museum Activities

  • Location of Opening Night Reception - Thursday Sept. 13, 5p-8p
  • On-going museum exhibits - NM Railroad and Fred Harvey activities

Children's Activities

  • Children's Museum's 16-foot diameter cinema dome showing railroad videos and photomontages
  • Train toys
  • Artwork workshops for private enjoyment and/or public display
  • Interactive layout, wooden trains on floor, railroad coloring, etc.

Santa Fe Depot Model Railroad Project

  • On-going build of 125 sq. ft. permanent model railroad layout in Santa Fe Depot Visitors Center
  • Double-track perimeter operating trains - controlled by visitors
  • Featuring historic Santa Fe Railyard (ca. 1938), historic buildings, surrounding regions, etc.

Living History Walks
Saturday, Sept. 15, 10a-4p)

  • In Railyard Park, visitors walk through reenactment stations and cultural demonstrations such as railroad worker, adobe brick making, textile and weaving, leather tanning or saddle making, acequia user / farmer, military personnel, native pottery, jewelry metalsmithing, wet plate tintype demonstration, etc.
  • Education of various cultures, lifestyles, and professions true to the era

Arrival of NM Mayors and Pueblo Governors
Sunday, Sept. 16 3p-4:30p)

We invited NM Mayors and Pueblo Governors from communities along the NM railways - from Raton to Silver City.  To-date we received confirmation from:

  • Mayor Alan Webber (Santa Fe)
  • Mayor Tim Keller (Albuquerque)
  • Mayor Telesfor "Ted" Benavidez (Village of Pecos)
  • Mayor Tonita Gurulé-Giron (Las Vegas)
  • Mr. Allan Affeldt (Las Vegas' La Castañeda Hotel and Lamy Railroad and History Museum)

The dignitaries arrive together at the Santa Fe Depot on the NM Rail Runner Express Train #704 at 3pm to a band welcome.
They will join the Railyard's Ten-year Anniversary celebration at the Railyard's Water Tower stage to help cut the anniversary cake.
They will tour the on-going New Mexico Railroad History Celebration activities at El Museo Cultural.

Railyard's Ten-year Anniversary
(Sunday, Sept. 16)

  • 10am: BACA RAILYARD - Open house welcome
  • 11am-12n: Community parade to NORTH RAILYARD
  • 12n: RAILYARD PARK CIRCULAR RAMADA - All faith blessing
  • 10am-4pm: EL MUSEO CULTURAL and ON THE TRACKS - On-going New Mexico Railroad History Celebration
  • 2pm and 6pm: VIOLET CROWN CINEMA  - Weekend Train Film Festival
  • 11am-3pm: RAILYARD PARK - Games and pop-up playground
  • 12n-2pm: RAILYARD PARK - Community picnic, bluegrass music, SITE Santa Fe guided tours
  • 2pm-6pm: RAILYARD PLAZA WATER TOWER - Band music