Activities 2019-08-19T18:23:59+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, and Railyard

Opening Night Reception and Panel Discussion
(Friday, August. 30, 5p-8p)
El Museo Cultural Center)

Public is invited, Admission is free, Seating is limited

  • Opening night introductions
  • Panel discussion with railroad historians and luminaries – Their experiences and observations – With audience participation
    • To Be Scheduled

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.

Education and Information Booths (In El Museo Cultural)

  • New Mexico railway and scenic railroad companies
  • New Mexico railroad tourism destinations
  • Railroad restorations and Harvey House restorations
  • Rail trails
  • Videos and presentations in the Third Rail Theater  (Seats 220)
  • Food and railroad collectibles concessions
  • 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

Labor Day Weekend

Scheduled Programming

Aug 31 – Sept 2 

Fun for the whole family! Free and open to the public!

Free Historic Railyard District Walking Tours

FREE Rail History Walks:

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

FREE Bike Tour – Chili Line Site Visit in La Tierra Trails

  • Meet 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

Explore More Historic Rails and Trails

  • Join us in the Historic Rails and Trails Discussion Panel
    • 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

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

Children’s Activities

  • 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.