First Annual New Mexico Railroad History Celebration – Santa Fe, NM
September 8 – September 30, 2018
El Museo Cultural De Santa Fe, 555 Camino de la Familia, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA (map)
Experience and celebrate the unique vast treasure of New Mexico’s railroad history.
THE NEW MEXICO RAILROAD HISTORY CELEBRATION COMMITTEE will host the only statewide annual railroad history celebration in the nation from September 8th through September 30, 2018, with special events scheduled the weekend of September 15 and 16. Most of the activities will take place in and around El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, 555 Camino de la Familia, in the Santa Fe Railyard. This celebration coincides with the Ten-Year-Anniversary of the Santa Fe Railyard District. All activities will run from 10 to 4 Saturdays and Sundays. During the celebratory weekend of September 15-16, El Museo Cultural will feature a 21,000 sq. ft. exhibition of historical railroad art and photography on the walls, surrounding model railroad layouts with working trains (some of which can be run by visitors). Professionals, amateurs, and children will provide the art and photography.
Both days, the Violet Crown Cinema will hold a Train Film Festival and feature a model railroad layout in the lobby. The Santa Fe Depot Visitors Center will present the unveiling of a permanent operating model railroad layout built by Santa Fe Model Railroad Club. Visitors will be able to take free shuttles to special displays and presentations at the New Mexico History Museum and La Fonda, including the latter’s popular docent-led history walks featuring NM railroad history. They will learn about historic landmarks such as Harvey Houses in Santa Fe (La Fonda) and Las Vegas (now La Castañeda) as well as a group of famous ladies—The Harvey Girls. For the children, El Museo will host special activities including playing with trains (wooden and operating models), Thomas the Train model train, and drawing and coloring pictures to display on the walls. A 3-D printer will be printing model trains.
El Museo will host food concessions as well as artist, educational, and informational booths. There will be railroad videos and historic railroad photomontages shown in a cinema video projection dome on loan from and operated by the Children’s Museum or on the stage. Visitors will enjoy information booths about NM Railroad History, including: NM railroad tourism destinations (Santa Fe, Taos, Albuquerque, Las Vegas, Chama, Raton, Clovis, Vaughn, Belén, Gallup, etc.); the Chili Line and Harvey Houses; railway companies (Rail Runner, Santa Fe Southern, Cumbres & Toltec, and Durango & Silverton); historical societies; historic locomotives and restoration projects (Santa Fe #2926, Southern Pacific #4449, #5030, #168, #169, etc.); and railroad-related organizations (Trails & Rails, Operation Lifesaver, World’s Greatest Hobby).
On the Railyard tracks, visitors will be able to view, photograph, and board full-size equipment owned by Rail Runner, Santa Fe Southern and possibly Amtrak, BNSF, Union Pacific, and Southern Pacific. On Saturday, September 15, the Railyard Park is hosting a living history exploration, where participants can enjoy cultural reenactments and demonstrations of life from the era. Included will be pop-up playgrounds for children of all ages. On Sunday, September 16, the Railyard Plaza and the Baca Railyard will be celebrating with music, a parade, food vendors, and family-friendly activities for all to enjoy. From September 8 through 30, on Saturdays and Sundays, El Museo Cultural will have the art and photography exhibition along with working model railroad layouts with working trains.
The First Annual New Mexico Railroad History Celebration will be presented with the help and contributions of the following: Alpha Engineering, Inc. El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe First National Bank of Santa Fe Historical Society of New Mexico Keep Santa Fe Beautiful La Fonda on the Plaza New Mexico History Museum NM Rail Runner Express/Rio Metro Railyard Park Conservancy Santa Fe Children’s Museum Santa Fe Community Foundation Santa Fe Model Railroad Club Santa Fe Railyard Community Corporation Santa Fe Southern Railway TOURISM Santa Fe (santafe.org) Violet Crown Cinema For further information, contact Jim Terhune (JT@NMRailroadHistory.com, 303-912-7681) or Rick Martinez (morgmartinez@yahoo.com, 505-660-3725). Also see NMRailroadHistory.com.

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