Las Cruces, NM (Vocus) April 28, 2009
All aboard! Back by very popular demand, the Las Cruces Railroad Museum will be hosting the second annual Railroad Day May 8 - 9, at the historic railroad depot in Las Cruces.
All three days will feature events and activities for train enthusiasts of all ages, including a special appearance by the New Mexico Rail Runner Express and a modern Burlington Northern Santa Fe diesel engine, both available for tours on Saturday.
Inside the museum, the Dona Ana Modular Railroad Club will have model train layouts running throughout the museum and the Harvey Girl re-enactors from the Railroad and Transportation Museum of El Paso will be on-hand to recant stories of early railroad life in New Mexico.
Outside, the "Van of Enchantment" mobile visitor center sponsored by the New Mexico Tourism Department, will be passing out New Mexico information. There will also be railroad related musical entertainment.
A welcome ceremony on Saturday morning will begin at 10 am with the Sierra Middle School "Sierra Soundsations" followed by opening remarks from Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima, City Manager Terrence Moore, District 1 Councillor Miguel Silva, and the Rail Runner's Lawrence Rael.
Prior to Saturday's big events, Thursday, May 7, is Senior Appreciation Day. Friday, May 8, is Students' Day, special tours by appointment for large groups and activities for the kids throughout the day.
For more information, call (575) 647-4480 or visit http://www.las-cruces.org/museums. The museum is open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. The event is free and open to the public. The Railroad Museum is located at 351 N. Mesilla Street (at Las Cruces Ave.).