Activities 2019-06-03T19:58:51+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.

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):
    • To Be Scheduled -

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

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
  • Rides To Be Scheduled -

New Mexico History Museum Activities

  • On-going museum exhibits - NM Railroad and Fred Harvey activities

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.

Arrival of NM Mayors and Pueblo Governors
To Be Determined)

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

  • To Be Determined