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Through October 27, 2019

The protest at Standing Rock Indian Reservation demonstrated one of many instances where corporate and/ or government actions were viewed as violations of Native American Treaties, a threat to Native American well-being, and disrespect for the sacredness of Native land. Our exhibit focuses on the events leading up to the Dakota Access Pipeline construction and the experiences and artistic observations of the many who were there to bear witness. On Museum Hill in Santa Fe · (505) 476-1269 · IndianArtsAndCulture.org Youth 16 and under and MNMF members always free. www.museumfoundation.org/join Enjoy bistro dining with a view at Museum Hill Café.

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Zoe Urness, Photographer December 5, 2016: No Spiritual Surrender On December 5th, 2016 outside Cannon Ball, North Dakota at Oceti Sakowin Camp on the edge of Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, military veterans march in support of the water protectors.


A World Class Exhibit of Traditional Hispanic Art

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Heritage stands tall in Los Lunas, New Mexico. In 1750, Domingo Luna bought land here, and eventually the Luna family grazed sheep from this town on the Rio Grande all the way to the White Mountains of Arizona. The Lunas were also a political family, and in the early years of the 20th century, Solomon Luna helped draft the New Mexico Constitution. Today, the 15,501 citizens of Los Lunas think of themselves as a “Small Community with Big Possibilities”, but they still take time out to revere their past while they look toward the future. The Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts is offering a chance to see “Ayer, Hoy y Mañana” (Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow) through dramatic traditional and contemporary Hispanic arts. “We have a lot of local Santeros,” says Cynthia Shetter, director of the Los Lunas Library, which manages the museum. “Our show features more than 60 artists from New Mexico and southern Colorado.” The museum is a half mile from the New Mexico Rail Runner Express stop at the Los Lunas Transportation Center. CELEBRATING THE SAINTS Churches, chapels and homes of 18th century Spanish colonists living in New Mexico were decorated with wood carvings, tinwork and straw applique depicting religious icons. Those who visit the Los Lunas museum will see artwork solidly rooted in those traditions, and some that is a variation on the theme. Charles M. Carrillo fell in love with historic santos (saints) in the 1970s when he was director of an archaeological dig at Santa Rosa de Lima de Abiquiú. He lives in Abiquiú and his work is displayed at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., and at the Vatican in Rome. His research has helped identify historic santeros (saint makers), and he is also the mentor to contemporary artists, many of whom have work in this show. Alcario Otero of El Cerro is one of the artists who worked with Carrillo. Like his mentor, Otero’s work has been collected by museums around the world; and Pope John Paul II received a bulto (carving) when he visited the United States. Nicolas Otero is a resident of Los Lunas Artist Luis Tapia combines the Spanish and was coached by carving tradition with contemporary culture. Photo by Martin Frentzel. Carrillo and Alcario

Santa Elena, a carving by Alcario Otero. Photo by Martin Frentzel.

Otero. He has illustrated award-winning books for author Rudolfo Anaya; and a massive 10-foot alter he created was purchased by the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art. Mai Ly Torres Baker is a young santera mentored by Nicolas Otero in wood carving, using natural pigments in paint, and preparing homemade varnish.

PLAN YOUR VISIT Ayer, Hoy y Mañana will be showing at the Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts, 251 Main St. SE, through May 3. The museum is housed in a Works Progress Administration home, constructed in 1937 during the Great Depression as part of then President Roosevelt’s “New Deal”. The building is located beside a water tower, easily marking the site for visitors, and is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Shetter invites everyone to visit Los Lunas, tagged the Roads Less Traveled. While the museum has limited parking, it is only a half mile walk along a scenic trail from the Los Lunas Transportation Center. www.riometro.org | www.travelnewmex.com | SPRING 2019

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INDEX 3: A World Class Exhibit of Traditional Hispanic Art

17: Question & Answer 18: Rail & Bus Connections Guide

6: Earth Day Events Encourage Sustainability, Environmental Conservation

20: Schedule of Events 22: National Senior Games Coming to New Mexico in June

8: Socorro - You’ve got to see it! 10: Experience the World’s Largest Pow Wow

23: It’s All About Family and Food At Church Street Café 25: Celebrate American Indian Week

13: Chama: New Mexico’s

29: The Rail Runner’s G-2 Team

Mecca for Year-Round Fun

30: Kids and Their Love of Trains

14: Weekday Schedule

32: Train Games

15: Weekend Schedule

34: Route 66 Casino • Hotel

16: Holiday Schedule Cover Photo: Members of the Sky City Buffalo/Ram Dance Group. Photo by Michael Jiron.

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Ayer, Hoy, Y Mañana Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow!

An Exhibition of Traditional Hispanic Arts March 1st - May 3rd, 2019 Los Lunas Museum of Heritage & Arts

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Earth Day Events Encourage Sustainability, Environmental Conservation In 1970, no one knew that Earth Day would eventually become the largest celebration of our planet, but it did. From 20 million participants across the United States that first year, Earth Day is now celebrated in 192 countries with more than 1 billion participants advocating a more sustainable world. Founded by U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson, this sustainability movement contributed to the passage of many laws protecting the environment. If you missed that fateful April 22 event in 1970, you have several opportunities to join the celebration in 2019. It is possible to use the New Mexico Rail Runner Express to access some of these events scheduled both the Saturday before and after April 22. APRIL 20 EVENTS Hazardous Waste – Can you imagine 86,283 pounds of hazardous waste sitting around homes in Albuquerque? Believe it! That is the amount collected during Albuquerque’s Solid Waste Management Department’s two waste collection events held in 2018. The division is holding its first Hazardous Waste Collection event this year between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on April 20. Toxins like automotive paint, oil and antifreeze, gasoline, cleaning supplies, and pesticides and herbicides are being accepted at Advanced Chemical Transport, 6137 Edith NE.

Environmental Benefits of Public Transportation Public transportation transforms communities and the lives of the people living in them by promoting sustainable lifestyles and providing a higher quality of life. Below are some quick facts from the NM Department of Transportation on the environmental benefits of transit in New Mexico. In Fiscal Year 2018: • The Rail Runner reduced traffic congestion by removing an estimated 14.1 million vehicle miles of travel from New Mexico’s busiest highways during the busiest commute hours • The Rail Runner reduced CO2 emissions by 6,100 tons and reduced gasoline consumption by 710,000 gallons • Transit in New Mexico reduced 94.9 million vehicle miles traveled • Transit in New Mexico eliminated 45,374 tons of CO2 emissions • Transit in New Mexico reduced gasoline consumption by 4.6 million gallons On a national level, the overall effects of public transportation save the United States 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline annually according to the American Public Transportation Association. 6

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“It’s very important to dispose of household hazardous waste correctly,” says Diane Wikler, the Solid Waste Department’s marketing manager and public information officer. “This helps prevent these materials from going into the landfill and watersheds.” Wikler says the agency Painted Lady Butterflies. Gardeners and farmers all can benefit from pollinator has conducted this event gardens. Photo by Martin Frentzel. for four years. The top three hazardous wastes are paint, oil and antifreeze, and empty oil cans with residue. Visit www.cabq.gov/solidwaste/ household-hazardous-waste to learn more. Seed Festival – The Albuquerque Botanic Garden will conduct its annual Earth Day Children’s Seed Festival on April 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is a family event for kids of all ages. “We will talk about the parts of plants and the benefits of having plants around,” says Cheri Vogel, education curator at the Botanic Garden. Vogel says about 300 children attend the event annually, and the kids leave with seed balls, starter plants and booklets containing child-appropriate plant information. The event is co-sponsored by the Rotary Club of Albuquerque, and the Albuquerque BioPark, the umbrella organization for the Rio Grande Zoo, the Aquarium and the Botanic Garden. Those interested in taking transit to the Seed Festival can exit the Rail Runner at the Downtown Albuquerque Station and borrow a Pace ABQ Bike Share bike for a quick ride down to the BioPark, or hop on ABQ RIDE bus route 66 or 766 heading west and exit at Central and New York.

APRIL 27 EVENTS Protect Our Species – Animal ambassadors, everything from wolves, raptors, goats and pollinating insects, will be showcased during the 2019 Earth Day celebration from noon to 4 p.m. at Santa Fe’s award-winning Railyard Park on April 27. The Park is a short walk from the Santa Fe Depot Rail Runner Station. Rebecca D’Agostine, marketing director of the Railyard Park Conservancy, says this event follows the national theme of Protect Our Species. “It’s the perfect catalyst for us to focus on local ecology of plants, animals, birds and insects in Santa Fe and New Mexico,” she says. Partnering with the Quivara Coalition, a range-management nonprofit, the conservancy is offering a live grazing demonstration with goats and sheep. “The coalition’s experts will be on hand to explain the importance of restoring our Eastern Tiger Swallowtail. Photo by Martin Frentzel.

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grasslands,” D’Agostine says. Visitors to this year’s celebration may learn how to grow pollinator gardens that help species like the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail and Painted Lady Butterflies shown here. Many other local organizations will create an educational, fun and kid-friendly event with workshops, live music, a costumemaking station, and interactive games. Learn more at www.railyardpark.org. Great American Recycling Event – The Village of Los Lunas started its recycling program in 1995, and is encouraging everyone to recycle between the hours of 8 a.m. and noon on April 27 at 315 Don Pasqual. Joshua Chavez, assistant supervisor for the village’s Solid Waste Division, says Los Lunas makes between $30,000 and $50,000 every year through recycling cardboard and metals. “The amount depends on the market,” Chavez says. Making money for the village is one of Los Lunas’ recycling goals. The others are protecting the environment and reducing landfill costs. Chavez says Los Lunas also is sending two staff members to the Whitfield Wildlife Conservation Area, 2424 NM 47, on April 27 to participate in that area’s Earth Day celebration. Visit www.valenciaswcd.org/whitfield-wildlife-conservation-area/ for information on the event.

SUSTAINABLE LAS CRUCES Earth Day in Las Cruces has been a cooperative endeavor since 1990. The Organization of Aggie Students Inspiring Sustainability (OASIS), courtesy of Railyard Park managed the event for years, Photo Conservancy. and now the city, Dona Ana County, New Mexico State University and the Green Chamber of Commerce are continuing the tradition on April 20 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Las Cruces Plaza. “Our goal is to encourage local and sustainable practices,” says Lisa Larocque of the Las Cruces Sustainability Program. “The festival includes educational booths, cultural and musical presentations, a March for Science, a Recycle Fashion Show, local vegetarian food vendors and a zero-waste recycling center,” she says. “’Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle’ is nature’s message for our Earth Day Festivals!” Larocque says.

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Socorro - You've got Saddle up and head south, partner. The rodeo arena and sports complex opened in the Spring of 2017 in the little city that offers something to love for everyone - Socorro. The complex is part of a larger, long-term vision that Socorro city leaders hope will attract athletes, rodeo cowboys and patrons, concertgoers, and others to the area. Funding for the complex came from a loan from the Lodgers’ Tax, and the other half came from the State Legislature. A future civic center near the Rodeo and Sports Complex is also in the works. Many events are planned for the facility, including concerts, horse shows and clinics, and rugby tournaments, as well as rodeos and barrel races. Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array The Very Large Array [VLA] is comprised of 27 radio telescopes in a “Y” pattern spread across the plains of San Augustin 50 miles west of Socorro. The VLA has been used by more astronomers and has been mentioned in more scientific papers than any other radio telescope in the world. Each antenna is an 82-foot diameter dish that weighs 230 tons. The on-site visitor center and gift shop offers displays and videos that educate about radio astronomy and the VLA telescope, and are open all year from 8:30 am to sunset. A self-guided tour lets visitors explore the antennas up close. Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge The Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge offers unique bird and wildlife viewing opportunities. Peak visitation 8

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occurs in winter when bald eagles and thousands of sandhill cranes and snow geese flock to the fields and marshes. Plan to visit the weekend before Thanksgiving during the annual Festival of the Cranes. This world-famous event includes speakers, special tours and arts and wildlife displays. The 12-mile auto tour loop takes visitors through a full range of wildlife viewing and photographic opportunities. Visitors can take the self-guided tour and nature trails, which range in length from one to nine miles. Upcoming Socorro Events

NM High School & JR. High Rodeo City of Socorro Rodeo & Sports Complex Saturday Apr. 6th & Sunday Apr. 7th  9AM Community Fishing Derby Escondida Lake - Socorro, NM Saturday Apr. 13th 7AM 5th Annual Blues, Brews and BBQ’s Socorro’s Historic Plaza Saturday Apr. 13th 3PM- 9PM Socorro Rodeo and Sports Complex Amenities:

Covered & Outdoor Arenas, Sports Fields 136x287 Covered Rodeo Arena

RV Park (50 spaces: 50 or 30 amp, Free WiFi, Sewer, & water)

Outdoor 130 x 250 Arena

98 Horse Stalls

4 Regulation Sized Soccer Fields

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Experience the World’s Largest Pow Wow Typically, New Mexico is at its most colorful during the fall. Bright balloons float through the crisp sky, the aspen and cottonwood leaves spin to gold, and in remote canyons, maple trees splash the mountains with red. Springtime in Albuquerque, however, has its own celebration of color. Native American dancers congregate in blazes of every color under the sun, and Native drum groups and musicians rock Expo New Mexico during the annual Gathering of Nations. The 36th Annual Gathering of Nations, taking place this April 25-27, is a blend of cultural awareness, Pow Wow dance competition, trader market and social gathering. In addition, Miss Indian World is crowned during the two-and-a-half-day event. “The cultural aspect is the most important part.” says Melonie Mathews, “It is the reason the Gathering exists.” In addition to being a spokeswoman for Gathering of Nations, Mathews is the organizer of the Miss Indian World competition.

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and share their culture and tribal traditions.” “Many of the contestants have never been presented to such a large audience, so part of their growth is reaching out to their communities for assistance and support,” said Mathews. Women ages 18 to 24 are judged on several qualities, including traditional talents, public speaking and their dancing. The competition begins at 7 p.m. on April 25 in the Kiva Auditorium at the Albuquerque Convention Center with the Traditional Talent Competition. The young women compete in public speaking at 2 p.m., April 26, Stage 49 at Expo New Mexico, and the contestants will also l be judged that day at 8 p.m. for their dancing. The Miss Indian World Crowning is at 8 p.m. April 27.

Thousands of Native American dancers like Brando Jack compete in the annual Gathering of Nations being held April 26-27 at Expo New Mexico.

A PACKED HOUSE As one can imagine, the world’s largest Pow Wow attracts a lot of interest. Mathews says about 80,000 people attend the Gathering of Nations, and many of the dancers participate in the Grand Entries at Tingley Coliseum. Dancers of all ages – tots to Golden Age and Elders – wearing Native dress assemble on the floor of the Coliseum. Grand Entries are scheduled for noon and 7 p.m. on April 26, and noon and 6 p.m. on April 27. Thousands of dancers and drummers come from 500 tribes across North America, and about 800 artists and crafters will be displaying their wares at the Indian Traders Market April 26 and 27. Another fascinating event is the Traditional Horse and Rider Regalia and Parade contest on Main Street at Expo New Mexico. The riders are judged for their traditional attire and accessories, groomed and traditional tack, and appearance and showmanship. As Mathews says, culture and tradition play a huge role throughout the Gathering, but there is also a chance to hear contemporary Native American music at Stage 49. “You will hear all kinds of music at Stage 49,” Mathews says, “Rock, blues, reggae, hip hop, country, DJ’s, and Jam bands.” Stage 49 was originally established to provide attendees a place to listen and relax after the competitions were completed. The venue stays open until 10 p.m. on the 26th and 27th. Admission is $19 a day and that includes admission to the competitions in Tingley Coliseum, the Indian Traders Market and Stage 49. Reserved seating is $70. The fee for the Miss Indian World competition at the Convention Center is $15. To learn more about the 36th Annual Gathering of Nations, information on specific events, and to purchase tickets, visit www.gatheringofnations.com.


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CHAMA: New Mexico’s Mecca for Year-Round Fun One of the best-kept secrets in New Mexico is the enchanting Village of Chama. With an elevation of 7,860 feet, Chama is nestled high in the Southern Rockies, just 120 miles North of Santa Fe. The historic Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad steam trains leave the Chama depot daily from Memorial Day weekend to mid-October. Riding the railroad is a day trip of exhilarating mountain views, deep gorges, beautiful spring wild flowers and later in the season, amazing fall colors. Fishing local trout streams and lakes is a leisurely pleasure. For a more challenging experience try fly fishing the Rio Chama, which runs the east side of the Village.Hikers and mountain bikers find many trails including the Continental Divide Trail nearby. The Sargent’s Wildlife Area surrounds Chama with meadows and trails for hiking and horseback riding. Hunting adventures with reliable guides are close to town. Chama has a lively western-style business district with lodging, RV Parks and cozy dining establishments. Located at the junction of highway 17 and U.S. 84 (take State Hwy 285 north from Santa Fe to Española then take the “Chama Highway” (84) north), the Village of Chama is the perfect destination for anyone seeking scenic outdoor recreation. Crowds gather in Chama for the famous Fourth of July fireworks display. The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad offers a fireworks train in the evening. Chama Days, the second weekend of August, is always fun with a softball tournament, NMPRC Rodeo, dances, and a parade. Enjoy the Valley Studio Tour every Labor Day weekend and visit local artists. Cool times in cool pines are the epitome of summer fun in Chama’s cabins and vacation ranches. Oh, yeah, and it’s an absolute mecca for winter sports, too! For your safety and comfort bring a light jacket or sweater for those cool evening walks and check with the local ranger district before heading out to hike. Never travel alone and make sure you are adequately prepared. At these altitudes, the weather can sneak up on you.

Springtime on the Chama River. Photo courtesy of www.exposureandfstop.com.

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Weekday Schedule Monday through Friday

LUNES A VIERNES

Shown are departure times, unless otherwise noted.

Horario demuestra tiempos de salida a no ser que se indique lo contrario.

Schedule Effective April 24th, 2017

Horario efectivo a partir del 24 de abril del 2017

ESTACIONES DE TREN

Shown are departure times unless otherwise noted

Northbound / rumbo norte

#502

#504

#102 EXPRESS

#506

#508

#510

#512

#514

#516

#518

#520

Belen

5:39A

6:35A

8:04A

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5:51P

7:01P

7:57P

ESTACIONES DE TREN TRAIN STATIONS

Los Lunas

5:49A

6:46A

8:15A

3:51P

6:01P

7:12P

8:08P

Isleta Pueblo

6:02A

6:59A

8:27A

4:04P

6:16P

7:26P

8:22P

Bernalillo County

6:10A

7:06A

8:35A

4:11P

6:29P

7:35P

8:31P

Downtown ABQ

4:32A

5:02A

6:22A

7:19A

8:42A

9:35A

4:26P

5:34P

6:48P

7:42P

8:38P

Montaño

4:41A

5:11A

7:29A

9:44A

4:35P

5:43P

6:58P

Los Ranchos / JC

4:47A

5:17A

6:34A

7:36A

9:50A

4:41P

5:49P

7:06P

Sandia Pueblo

4:52A

5:22A

7:42A

9:55A

4:46P

5:54P

7:12P

Downtown Bernalillo

5:01A

5:31A

7:52A

10:03A

4:54P

6:07P

7:26P

Sandoval / US 550

5:05A

5:35A

6:46A

7:58A

10:08A

4:59P

6:12P

7:31P

Kewa

5:25A

5:55A

7:05A

8:18A

10:28A

5:19P

6:34P

7:50P

SF County / NM 599

5:48A

3. Lea hacia la derecha hasta encontrar la hora que el tren sale de la estación de su preferencia

6:18A

7:24A

8:39A

10:51A

5:43P

6:57P

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Zia Road

5:58A

6:28A

8:49A

11:01A

5:53P

7:07P

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4. De alli, lea hacia abajo hasta encontrar la hora que el tren llega a la estación de su preferencia

South Capitol

6:08A

6:38A

7:40A

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11:11A

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7:17P

8:33P

Santa Fe Depot

6:13A

6:43A

7:45A

9:01A

11:16A

6:05P

7:22P

8:38P

READING THE SCHEDULE 1. Decide whether you are going north (at top) or south (at bottom). 2. On the left-hand side, find the station from which you are leaving. 3. Read across to find the times the Rail Runner departs from that station. 4. From there, read down to find what time the Rail Runner will arrive at the station to which you are traveling. COMO LEER EL HORARIO 1. Decida si va a ir hacia el norte o hacia el sur 2. A la izquierda, busque la estación de donde va a salir

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Southbound / rumbo sur

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#503

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5:04P

5:30P

6:46P

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5:43A

7:18A

1:07P

4:20P

5:09P

5:35P

6:51P

9:05P

Zia Road

5:49A

7:25A

1:14P

4:27P

5:42P

6:58P

9:12P

SF County / NM 599

6:01A

7:37A

1:26P

4:39P

5:26P

5:54P

7:10P

9:24P

Kewa

6:19A

7:55A

1:44P

4:57P

6:12P

7:28P

9:42P

8:14A

2:03P

5:16P

6:02P

6:31P

7:47P

10:01P

TRAIN STATIONS

Sandoval / US 550

6:38A

Downtown Bernalillo

6:43A

8:18A

2:07P

5:20P

6:35P

7:51P

10:05P

Sandia Pueblo

6:52A

8:27A

2:16P

5:29P

6:44P

8:00P

10:14P

Los Ranchos / JC

6:57A

8:32A

2:21P

5:34P

6:14P

6:49P

8:05P

10:19P

Montaño

7:02A

8:37A

2:26P

5:39P

6:54P

8:10P

10:24P

Downtown ABQ

4:45A

5:30A

7:10A

8:45A

2:37P

4:30P

5:50P

6:25P

7:02P

8:18P

10:32P

Bernalillo County

4:53A

5:41A

7:19A

2:45P

4:38P

5:57P

7:09P

Isleta Pueblo

5:01A

5:49A

7:27A

2:52P

4:45P

6:06P

7:17P

Los Lunas

5:13A

6:06A

7:39A

3:05P

4:58P

6:22P

7:31P

Belen

5:24A

6:17A

7:50A

3:15P

5:08P

6:33P

7:42P

READ DOWN LEA HACIA ABAJO

Designated QUIET CAR Service Only cars nearest to locomotive are Quiet Cars Means train does not stop

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Train arrives but does not continue

Tren llega hasta este punto pero no continua


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Weekend Schedule Saturday and Sunday

SABADO Y DOMINGO

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Horario demuestra tiempos de salida a no ser que se indique lo contrario.

Schedule Effective April 24th, 2017

Horario efectivo a partir del 24 de abril del 2017

ESTACIONES DE TREN

Saturday

Northbound Saturday / sabado rumbo norte

ESTACIONES DE TREN

TRAIN STATIONS

#702

#704

#706

#708

#710

Belen

7:50A

12:45P

5:40P

7:43P

10:35P

#703

#705

#707

#709

#711

Santa Fe Depot

10:20A

3:15P

8:10P

10:14P

Los Lunas

8:00A

12:55P

5:50P

7:53P

10:45P

South Capitol

10:25A

3:20P

8:15P

10:19P

Isleta Pueblo

8:11A

1:06P

6:01P

8:04P

10:56P

Zia Road

10:33A

3:28P

8:23P

10:27P

Bernalillo County

8:19A

1:14P

6:09P

8:12P

11:03P

SF County / NM 599

3:37P

8:32P

10:36P

Downtown ABQ

8:30A

1:25P

10:42A

6:20P

8:23P

11:11P

Kewa

3:55P

8:50P

10:54P

8:39A

6:29P

8:32P

11:00A

Montaño

1:34P

Sandoval / US 550

6:35P

8:38P

4:13P

8:45A

11:18A

9:08P

11:13P

Los Ranchos / JC

1:40P

8:43P

11:21A

4:16P

8:50A

6:40P

9:11P

11:16P

Sandia Pueblo

1:45P

Downtown Bernalillo

8:58A

6:48P

8:51P

11:30A

4:25P

9:20P

11:25P

Downtown Bernalillo

1:53P

Sandia Pueblo

9:02A

6:52P

8:55P

11:35A

4:30P

Sandoval / US 550

1:57P

Los Ranchos / JC

9:25P

11:30P

2:15P

7:10P

9:13P

11:41A

4:36P

Kewa

9:20A

Montaño

9:31P

11:36P

SF County / NM 599

9:41A

2:36P

7:31P

9:34P

Downtown ABQ

6:56A

11:51A

4:45P

6:51P

9:41P

11:45P

Zia Road

9:52A

2:47P

7:42P

9:45P

Bernalillo County

7:06A

12:01P

4:56P

7:01P

9:51P

South Capitol

10:00A

2:55P

7:50P

9:53P

Isleta Pueblo

7:14A

12:09P

5:04P

7:09P

9:59P

Santa Fe Depot

10:05A

3:00P

7:55P

9:58P

Los Lunas

7:25A

12:20P

5:15P

7:20P

10:10P

Belen

7:35A

12:30P

5:25P

7:30P

10:20P

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ESTACIONES DE TREN

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Northbound Sunday / domingo rumbo norte

ESTACIONES DE TREN

Southbound Sunday / domingo rumbo sur

#702

#704

#706

#701

#703

#705

#707

Belen

7:50A

12:45P

5:40P

Santa Fe Depot

10:20A

3:15P

8:10P

TRAIN STATIONS

Sunday

Southbound Saturday / sabado rumbo sur

#701

TRAIN STATIONS

TRAIN STATIONS

Los Lunas

8:00A

12:55P

5:50P

South Capitol

10:25A

3:20P

8:15P

Isleta Pueblo

8:11A

1:06P

6:01P

Zia Road

10:33A

3:28P

8:23P

Bernalillo County

8:19A

1:14P

6:09P

SF County / NM 599

10:42A

3:37P

8:32P

Downtown ABQ

8:30A

1:25P

6:20P

Kewa

11:00A

3:55P

8:50P

Montaño

8:39A

1:34P

6:29P

Sandoval / US 550

11:18A

4:13P

9:08P

Los Ranchos / JC

8:45A

1:40P

6:35P

Downtown Bernalillo

11:21A

4:16P

9:11P

Sandia Pueblo

8:50A

1:45P

6:40P

Sandia Pueblo

11:30A

4:25P

9:20P

Downtown Bernalillo

8:58A

1:53P

6:48P

Los Ranchos / JC

11:35A

4:30P

9:25P

Sandoval / US 550

9:02A

1:57P

6:52P

Montaño

11:41A

4:36P

9:31P

Kewa

9:20A

2:15P

7:10P

Downtown ABQ

6:56A

11:51A

4:45P

9:41P

SF County / NM 599

9:41A

2:36P

7:31P

Bernalillo County

7:06A

12:01P

4:56P

Zia Road

9:52A

2:47P

7:42P

Isleta Pueblo

7:14A

12:09P

5:04P

South Capitol

10:00A

2:55P

7:50P

Los Lunas

7:25A

12:20P

5:15P

Santa Fe Depot

10:05A

3:00P

7:55P

Belen

7:35A

12:30P

5:25P

READ DOWN

LEA HACIA ABAJO

READ DOWN

LEA HACIA ABAJO

The Río Metro Regional Transit District is committed to its Title VI obligations. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color or national origin in the delivery of service. To obtain more information on our nondiscrimination obligations or to file a Title VI complaint, contact us at 809 Copper Avenue NW, ABQ, NM 87102. El Distrito de Tránsito Regional de Río Metro cumple con las obligaciones del Título VI. No discriminamos por raza, color ni origen nacional al brindar nuestros servicios. Para obtener más información sobre nuestros deberes antidiscriminatorios o para presentar un reclamo del Título VI, contáctenos en 809 Copper Ave. NW, ABQ, NM 87102. www.riometro.org | www.travelnewmex.com | SPRING 2019

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Holiday Schedule Memorial Day

Monday, May 27, 2019 - No Service

Independence Day

Thursday, July 4, 2019 - Sunday Schedule

Day After Thanksgiving

Labor Day

Friday, November 29, 2019 - Sunday Schedule

Monday, September 2, 2019 - No Service

Christmas Day

Indigenous People's Day

Wednesday, December 25, 2019 - No Service

Monday, October 14, 2019 - Regular Weekday Schedule

Veterans Day

Monday, November 11, 2019 - Sunday Schedule

3 Ways to Purchase Your Ticket

Thanksgiving Day

SYSTEM MAP Santa Fe Depot

Thursday, November 28, 2019 - No Service

Mobile APP (NMRX) For Apple and Android.

Fares

(Receive Discount Online)

HOW TO CALCULATE YOUR FARE Step 1: Count the number of zones Count the number of zones through which you will travel. Step 2: Pick the type of fare you need Select a one-way ticket, a day pass, a monthly or an annual pass. Select reduced fare if eligible. Step 3: Check the chart below and see how much your fare is

riometro.org Purchase and print tickets. On The Train: Fares are collected by a ticket agent.

1 zone 2 zones 3 zones 4 zones 5 zones 6 zones

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Santa Fe Co. NM 599

Kewa Pueblo

Downtown Bernalillo

day pass $3 $4 $6 $9 $10 $11

monthly pass $39 $55 $72 $105 $110 $121

annual pass $385 $550 $715 $1045 $1100 $1210

REDUCED FARE one-way $1 $1 $2 $4 $4 $5

Zia Road

Sandoval Co. / US 550

FULL FARE one-way $2 $3 $5 $8 $9 $10

South Capitol

day pass $2 $2 $3 $6 $7 $8

monthly pass $19 $28 $36 $52 $55 $61

annual pass $187 $275 $352 $517 $550 $605

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REDUCED FARES ARE AVAILABLE TO: • Youth ages 10-17 • Students with a valid student ID • Seniors age 62+ • Medicare Card holders • People with disabilities who show: - An NM Motor Vehicle Department notification - A letter from a doctor indicating the disability (with exp. date) - An ABQ RIDE Honored Citizen Card - A Santa Fe Ride Card or Santa Fe Trails Half Fare Card

Sandia Pueblo Los Ranchos Journal Center Montaño Downtown Albuquerque Bernalillo Co. Isleta Pueblo

FREE FARES Veterans with a VA Medical Card Children 9 and under

Los Lunas Belen


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Question & Answer How do I buy tickets? Tickets can be purchased online at riometro.org, onboard the train from the ticket agents, or on the Rio Ticketing app. We accept cash, debit, and credit cards (except American Express). Are discounted tickets available? Reduced fares are available to youth ages 10-17, students with a valid ID, seniors age 62+, and people with disabilities. Children 9 and under and veterans with a VA medical card ride free. See the fare information listed in this magazine for details and a list of acceptable ID cards. Do you offer a discount for group travel? Discounted rates are available for groups of 25 or more. Contact Rio Metro’s Customer Service office at 866-795-7245 prior to travel date for details and pricing. Is my ticket refundable if I don’t use it? Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Can I buy a ticket for someone else? Yes, you may purchase a ticket for another person from our online ticketing (riometro.org). You will need to email the ticket to the person you are buying it for; they can either print it out or show it to the ticket agent on their mobile device.

Can I charge my mobile device on the train? Electrical outlets are available for passenger use at each of the tables on the train. Tables are located on the mezzanine and upper levels only. Can I bring my bicycle/sports equipment on the train? Bicycles, skis and other sporting equipment are welcome on the train at no charge. Each train car has designated space for up to 8 bicycles. During the winter months, the train also provides storage containers for ski equipment. Please store your equipment in the designated storage areas. Are pets allowed on the train? Pets are not allowed onboard, only service animals. Service animals can be guide dogs for the blind or visually impaired, signal dogs for the hearing impaired, or other types of animals that can be individually trained to work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability. Learn more about riding with a service animal at riometro.org. Can I use my train ticket to get on area buses? Yes. Your train ticket or VA medical card allows free bus connections on ABQ RIDE, Rio Metro, Santa Fe Trails, and most NCRTD buses on the same day of travel. Additional bus connections are available for a nominal fee. How old do children need to be to ride alone? Children must be at least 10 years old to ride the train without a supervising adult.

What happens if I leave something on the train? If you leave an item on the train, please contact Customer How does Seniors 62+ Ride Free work? Service at 505-245-7245. Lost items can be picked up at Every Wednesday in 2019, seniors age 62+ can ride any Herzog Transit Services, 100 Iron SE, Albuquerque, 87102, north or southbound train for free. Just show the ticket Monday-Friday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Non-essential items are held for agent your valid photo ID (must contain birth date). To 30 days. Essential items, such as keys, IDs, wallets, phones, make a bus connection, ask your ticket agent to print out a purses, etc. will be held for 90 days. If you find an item on the free transfer slip. train, please turn it in to a ticket agent or conductor. Is there parking available at the train stations? Free onsite parking is available at all of the Rail Runner stations with the exception of Downtown ABQ and the Santa Fe Depot. Parking at Downtown ABQ and the Santa Fe Depot is available for a fee at adjacent parking facilities. Overnight parking is at your own risk. Are there restrooms on the train? At least one restroom is available on every New Mexico Rail Runner Express train. Longer trains will have more than one restroom. Can I bring or buy food on the train? Passengers are welcome to bring and consume food and beverages (excluding alcohol) on the train. Food and beverages are not available for purchase on the train.

How can I find out if the train is delayed? There are several options for passengers to stay informed about the status of the train. Rider Alerts are posted on the home page of the Rio Metro website, riometro.org. You can also sign up on the website to receive text alerts for specific train routes and be notified of delays longer than 10 minutes. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to receive updates about train delays and other information. Can I use the train to get to the airport? Passengers can travel between the Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ) and the Rail Runner using ABQ RIDE buses. Look for the bus stop signs at the airport. Connections are available Monday-Saturday. Visit riometro.org or call 505-245-RAIL (7245) or 866-795-7245 for a list of airport connections. www.riometro.org | www.travelnewmex.com | SPRING 2019

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South Capitol Shuttle - Weekdays to St. Vincent Hospital, the Rodeo Business Park and the District 5 DOT office. NM Park & Ride Blue Route Weekdays to Santa Fe, Pojoaque and Los Alamos. NM Park & Ride Red Route Weekdays to Espanola, Pojoaque and Santa Fe.

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Santa Fe Trails Route 4 (Southside) - To the Santa Fe Convention Center, City and County offices, Santa Fe High School and Santa Fe Place Mall.

Santa Fe Trails Route 2 (Cerrillos Road) To the West Capitol Complex, the New Mexico School for the Deaf and Santa Fe Place Mall. (connect here to SF Outlet Mall (Route 26).

South Capitol Station

NCRTD Taos Express - To Española and the Town of Taos. Saturdays and Sundays only.

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Santa Fe Trails Route M (Museum Hill) Access to the Museum of Spanish Art, Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, Museum of International Folk Art and the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian.

Santa Fe Trails Route 4 (Southside) To the Santa Fe Convention Center, City and County offices, Santa Fe Place Mall and Santa Fe High School.

Santa Fe Pick Up - To the Santa Fe Plaza, Downtown Santa Fe, Canyon Road and Museum Hill. Operates daily. Turn left when exiting the train to the shuttle and look for the red truck sign. Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino Shuttle Shuttle stops on Guadalupe right next to Tomasita’s Restaurant. Shuttle meets train daily. Tesuque Casino Shuttle Shuttle stops on Guadalupe across from the Cowgirl Cafe. Shuttle meets train daily. Santa Fe Trails Route 2 (Cerrillos Road) To the West Capitol Complex, the New Mexico School for the Deaf and Santa Fe Place Mall. (connect here to SF Outlet Mall (Route 26).

Santa Fe Depot Station

All our bus connections are FREE unless otherwise noted

Sandia Resort & Casino Shuttle Meets every train, seven days a week.

Sandia Pueblo Station

Rio Metro Route 204 - Weekdays to Bernalillo, northern Rio Rancho, Zia Pueblo, San Ysidro, Jemez Pueblo and Jemez Springs.

Route 505 - Weekday express service to Downtown Albuquerque before the first southbound train of the morning. Santa Ana Star Casino Shuttle Meets every train, seven days a week. Rio Metro Route 201 - Weekdays to Bernalillo and Enchanted Hills. Rio Metro Route 202 - Weekedays to Bernalillo, Rio Rancho, Santa Ana Pueblo, Algodones, Santo Domingo Pueblo, Cochiti Pueblo and the Town of Cohiti Lake.

Sandoval County/US 550 Station

Rio Metro Route 202 - Weekdays to Bernalillo, Rio Rancho, Santa Ana Pueblo, Algodones, Santo Domingo Pueblo, Cochiti Pueblo and the town of Cochiti Lake.

Kewa Station at Santo Domingo Pueblo

Ride Purple Bus Route to the South Capitol & Santa Fe Depot Stations. Weekday departure at 5:11 a.m.

* NM Park & Ride Purple Shuttle * Route to connect from the first run of the morning on the NM Park &

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Kewa Pueblo

Santa Fe Co. NM 599

Zia Road

South Capitol

Santa Fe Depot

SYSTEM MAP

Rio Metro Route 206 - Weekday service for Belen residents to connect to the Rail Runner station and other nearby work centers during peak commute times. Rio Metro Dial-A-Ride - Weekday curb-to-curb service in Valencia County. Rides must be requested by 12 NOON one business day prior. Call 505-352-3595. $1 each way. Socorro Shuttle - Service to Socorro Weekdays and Sundays.

Belen Station

Rio Metro Route 207 - Weekday service for Los Lunas residents to connect to the Rail Runner station and other nearby work centers during peak commute times. Connects to Route 209. Rio Metro Route 209 - Weekdays between Los Lunas Transportation Center and the UNM Valencia Campus. Connects to Route 207. Rio Metro Dial-A-Ride - Weekday curb-to-curb service in Valencia County. Rides must be requested by 12 NOON one business day prior. Call 505-352-3595. $1 each way.

NM 599 Station Shuttle - Weekdays to Bisbee Court, the New Mexican Plaza, VA Clinic, Presbyterian Hospital, and Santa Fe Place Mall. NCRTD Route 270 - Weekdays to the NM Department of Corrections, Oñate Complex (National Guard) and the Santa Fe County Detention Center. Santa Fe Trails Route 22 - Weekdays to Santa Fe Community College, Rancho Viejo and IAIA. NM Park & Ride Purple Route - Weekday direct connection between the Rail Runner and Los Alamos.

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Los Lunas

Santa Fe County/NM 599 Station

Rail & Bus Connections Guide

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Santa Fe Pick Up City of Santa Fe Santa Fe Pick Up (505) 231-2573 City of Santa Fe santafenm.gov (505) 231-2573 Santa Fe Trails santafenm.gov (505) 955-2001 Santa Fe Trails santafenm.gov (505) 955-2001 santafenm.gov

* NM Park & Ride (866) 551-7433 NM Park & Ride nmparkandride.com (866) 551-7433 Taos Express nmparkandride.com (505) 629-4725 Taos Express (866) 206-0754 (505) 629-4725 taosexpress.com (866) 206-0754 ncrtd.org taosexpress.com ncrtd.org

Please contact the connection provider for fares.

Isleta Hotel & Casino Shuttle - A bus meets every train, seven days a week.

Isleta Pueblo Station

ABQ RIDE Route 222 - Weekdays to the South Valley, VA Hospital, Kirtland Air Force Base and the airport business district. Can also be used to access the Albuquerque International Sunport for passengers coming from and going to Valencia County.

Bernalillo County Station

ABQ RIDE Rapid Transit 766 Red Line - Express route to access Old Town, the ABQ BioPark, UNM, Nob Hill and Uptown. ABQ RIDE Rapid Transit 777 Green Line - Express route to access UNM, Nob Hill, and the foothills near Tramway. ABQ RIDE Route 66 - Access to locations along Central Ave. including Central & Unser Park & Ride, City and County buildings, UNM and EXPO NM. ABQ RIDE Route 53 - To Isleta Blvd, the Albuquerque Zoo and the National Hispanic Cultural Center. ABQ RIDE Route 217 - To Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) and Kirtland Air Force Base. ABQ RIDE Route 250 - Airport Express. Direct route to the Albuquerque International Sunport. Other ABQ RIDE Routes - There are nearly 40 other ABQ RIDE bus routes that get you just about anywhere in the city.

Downtown Albuquerque Station

ABQ RIDE Route 157 - To Cottonwood Mall, Coronado Center, ABQ Uptown and Kirkland Air Force Base.

Montaño Station

ABQ RIDE Route 251 - Weekdays to the Journal Center business district, Century 24 Theatre, Cottonwood Mall, Intel and Rio Rancho.

Los Ranchos/Journal Center Station

Casino Shuttle Buffalo Thunder Resort & (505) 819-2292 Casino Shuttle buffalothunderresort.com (505) 819-2292 North Central Regional buffalothunderresort.com Transit District (NCRTD) North Central Regional (866) 206-0754 Transit District (NCRTD) (505) 629-4725 (866) 206-0754 ncrtd.org (505) 629-4725 ncrtd.org

Regional Transit District Rio 795-7245 Metro (866) Regional Transit District riometro.org (866) 795-7245 Hollywood Casino Shuttle at riometro.org San Felipe (505) 991-5247 Santa Ana Star Casino Shuttle (877) 529-2946 (505) 771-5336 sanfelipecasino.com (505) 867-0000 santaanastar.com

Shuttle Sandia Resort & Casino (505) 771-5336 Shuttle (505) 867-0000 (505) 796-7500 santaanastar.com sandiacasino.com Sandia Resort & Casino Shuttle ABQ RIDE (505) (505)796-7500 243-7433 sandiacasino.com myabqride.com

Belen

Los Lunas

Isleta Pueblo

Bernalillo Co.

Downtown Albuquerque

Montaño

Los Ranchos Journal Center

Sandia Pueblo

Downtown Bernalillo

Sandoval Co. / US 550

(877)Resort 747-5382 Isleta & Casino Shuttle isleta.com (877) 747-5382 Rio Metro Valencia isleta.com (505) 352-3595 riometro.org

(505) 243-7433 Isleta Resort & Casino myabqride.com Shuttle

Rio Metro Valencia (505) 352-3595 Socorro Shuttle riometro.org (575) 835-1501 Socorro Shuttle socorronm.gov (575) 835-1501 Tesuque Casino Shuttle socorronm.gov (505) 231-1872 tesuquecasino.com

Rio Metro Route 208 - Weekday service from Belen to Downtown Albuquerque, with stops in Los Lunas, Peralta, Bosque Farms and the Pueblo of Isleta, during the morning / midday when the Rail Runner does not operate.

For moreBuffalo information, fares&and Rio connections not listed, please these providers: Thunder Resort Metro Santa Anacontact Star Casino ABQ RIDE

Santa Fe Trails Route 6 (Rodeo Road) To Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, Rodeo Business Park East, and the Santa Fe Place Mall. Bus stops are located on Zia Road on the east side of St. Francis Drive (no direct service to Zia Rd Station).

Zia Rd Station

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NM Park & Ride Orange Route Weekdays between Las Vegas and Santa Fe. NCRTD Route 160 - Weekdays between Santa Fe, Española and Santa Clara Pueblo. NCRTD Route 200 - Weekdays between Santa Fe and Española. NCRTD Route 220 - Weekdays between Santa Fe, Tesuque, Pojoaque and Española. NCRTD Route 280 - Weekdays between Santa Fe, Eldorado, Galisteo, Stanley, Moriarity and Edgewood. NCRTD Route 290 - Weekdays between Santa Fe, Eldorado, Galisteo, Stanley, Moriarty and Edgewood. NCRTD Santa Fe to Taos - Weekdays between Santa Fe and Taos. NCRTD Mountain Trail Route – Daily service to the Santa Fe National Forest and Ski Santa Fe with stops throughout downtown and at 10,000 Waves.

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Schedule of Events ONGOING EVENTS Seniors Ride Free New Mexico Rail Runner Express Every Wednesday in 2019 Seniors 62+ can ride the Rail Runner for free. Take the train to Albuquerque or Santa Fe to enjoy food, art, culture, shopping, and more. (866) 795-7245 riometro.org Santa Fe Farmers Market Santa Fe Railyard Every Saturday year-round 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Exit the train at the Santa Fe Depot. (505) 983-4098 santafefarmersmarket.com Railyard Artisan Market Santa Fe Railyard Every Sunday year-round 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Exit the train at the Santa Fe Depot. (505) 983-4098 santafefarmersmarket.com Santa Fe Artists Market Santa Fe Railyard Saturdays through December 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Exit the train at the Santa Fe Depot. (505) 310-8766 santafeartistsmarket.com Downtown Growers’ Market Robinson Park, Albuquerque Saturdays, April 13 – November 2 8 a.m. – Noon Exit the train at Downtown ABQ and walk west to 8th St. & Central. (505) 252-2959 downtowngrowers.org

Rail Yards Market Blacksmith Shop, Albuquerque Rail Yard Sundays, May - October 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Exit the train at Downtown ABQ and walk south to 1st St. & Hazeldine. (505) 600-1109 railyardsmarket.org El Museo Winter Market El Museo Cultural, Santa Fe Saturdays 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Sundays 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. through May 26 Exit the train at the Santa Fe Depot. (505) 250-8969 elmuseoculturalwintermarket.org Downtown Albuquerque Walking Tours Meet at the corner of 1st & Central, Albuquerque Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Exit the train at Downtown ABQ and walk west to Central & 1st St. (505) 289-0586 albuqhistsoc.org Drugs: Costs and Consequences NM Museum of Natural History & Science Daily through September 30 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Exit the train at Downtown ABQ and take ABQ RIDE Route 66 or 766 west to Central & Rio Grande, then walk north to Mountain Rd. & 18th St. (505) 841-2800 nmnaturalhistory.org

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Brain: The Inside Story NM Museum of Natural History & Science Daily through June 23 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Exit the train at Downtown ABQ and take ABQ RIDE Route 66 or 766 west to Central & Rio Grande, then walk north to Mountain Rd. & 18th St. (505) 841-2800 nmnaturalhistory.org APRIL ONGOING Kids Free Spring Break Various Locations in Santa Fe From March 1 to April 21 take advantage of great local deals on food, arts, and cultural attractions. santafe.org ONGOING Exhibit: Masterworks of New Mexico Expo NM, Albuquerque March 30 – April 20 Tuesday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Exit the train at Downtown ABQ and take ABQ RIDE Route 66, 766 or 777 east to Central & San Pedro. masterworksnm.org ALL MONTH Exhibit: Ayer, Hoy, Y Mañana Los Lunas Museum of Heritage & Arts Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Exit the train at Los Lunas and walk .5 mi north to Main & Vallejos. (505) 352-7720 loslunasnm.gov April 5-7 New Mexico International Auto Show Albuquerque Convention Center Exit the train at Downtown ABQ and walk north to Tijeras & 2nd St. newmexicoautoshow.com

April 6 Fiestas de Albuquerque Old Town Albuquerque Noon – 5 p.m. Exit the train at Downtown ABQ and take ABQ RIDE Route 66 or 766 west to Central & Rio Grande. (505) 768-3556 cabq.gov April 13 Half Price Weekend Albuquerque Zoo, Aquarium & Botanic Garden 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Exit the train at Downtown ABQ. Take ABQ RIDE Route 66 or 766 west to Central & Tingley for the Aquarium/ Garden. Take ABQ RIDE Route 53 south to 8th & Atlantic. (505) 768-2000 cabq.gov April 20 Earth Day Celebration & Children’s Seed Festival Albuquerque Botanic Garden 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Exit the train at Downtown ABQ and take ABQ RIDE Route 66 or 766 west to Central & New York. (505) 768-2000 cabq.gov April 25-27 Gathering of Nations Pow Wow EXPO New Mexico, Albuquerque Event times vary Exit the train at Downtown ABQ and take ABQ RIDE Route 66, 766 or 777 east to Central & San Pedro. (505) 836-2810 gatheringofnations.com


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Schedule of Events April 27 Earth Day Celebration Railyard Park, Santa Fe 12 – 4 p.m. Exit the train at the Santa Fe Depot. (505) 316-3596 railyardpark.org MAY ALL MONTH Native Dances Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Albuquerque Friday-Sunday, times vary Exit the train at Downtown ABQ and take ABQ RIDE Route 36 north to 12th St. & Indian School Rd. (505) 843-7270 indianpueblo.org May 10 National Public Gardens Day Albuquerque Botanic Garden 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Exit the train at Downtown ABQ and take ABQ RIDE Route 66 or 766 west to Central & New York. (505) 848-7110 cabq.gov May 11 Japanese Cultural Festival Santa Fe Community Convention Center 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Exit the train at the Santa Fe Depot and walk or take the Santa Fe Pick-Up Shuttle to W. Marcy St. & Grant Ave. santafejin.org May 11-12 Canyon Road Spring Art Festival Canyon Road, Santa Fe 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Exit the train at the Santa Fe Depot and take the Santa Fe Pick-Up Shuttle to Canyon Road. visitcanyonroad.com

May 11-15 SW Model Railroad Club Vendor Show & Exhibit Los Lunas Transportation Center Saturday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Tuesday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wednesday, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Exit the train at the Los Lunas Station. swmrctrains.com May 23 – June 2 ABQ Beer Week Various Locations, Albuquerque Many breweries are a short walk or transit ride from the Downtown ABQ Station. abqbeerweek.com May 25-26 Native Treasures Indian Arts Festival Santa Fe Community Convention Center Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Exit the train at the Santa Fe Depot and walk or take the Santa Fe Pick-Up Shuttle to W. Marcy St. & Grant Ave. (505) 982-7799 nativetreasures.org May 26 ABQ Blues & Brews Sandia Resort & Casino 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. Exit the train at the Sandia Pueblo Station and take the free Sandia Casino Shuttle. abqbluesandbrews.com May 30 – June 1 Fiber Arts Fiesta Expo NM, Albuquerque Exit the train at Downtown ABQ and take ABQ RIDE Route 66, 766 or 777 east to Central & San Pedro. abqfiberartscouncil.org

May 31 – June 2 NM Cocktails & Culture Festival Various Locations, Santa Fe Live entertainment, cocktail and food tastings, and worldclass seminars. nmcocktailculture.com JUNE ALL MONTH Qué Chola National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque Tuesday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Exit the train at Downtown ABQ and take ABQ RIDE Route 53 south to Bridge & 8th St. (505) 246-2261 nhccnm.org ALL MONTH Exhibit: A Path Rediscovered Albuquerque Museum Tuesday-Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Exit the train at Downtown ABQ and take ABQ RIDE Route 66 or 766 west to Central & Rio Grande. (505) 243-7255 cabq.gov ALL MONTH The Great Unknown: Artists at Glen Canyon and Lake Powell New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe Tuesday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Daily Exit the train at the Santa Fe Depot and walk or take the Santa Fe Pick-Up Shuttle to Lincoln & W. Palace Ave. (505) 476-5072 nmartmuseum.org

June 7-8 Albuquerque Pride Fest Expo NM, Albuquerque Exit the train at Downtown ABQ and take ABQ RIDE Route 66, 766 or 777 east to Central & San Pedro. (505) 873-8084 abqpride.com June 7-23 Currents New Media Festival Various Locations, Santa Fe Interactive installations, multimedia performances, experimental documentaries, workshops, and more. currentsnewmedia.org June 8-9 Challenge NM Arts & Crafts Show Historic Santa Fe Plaza 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Exit the train at the Santa Fe Depot and walk or take the Santa Fe Pick-Up Shuttle to E. San Francisco & Lincoln Ave. (505) 470-9088 challengenewmexico.com June 14-16 Interplanetary Festival Santa Fe Railyard Exit the train at the Santa Fe Depot. interplanetaryfest.org June 22-30 Santa Fe Studio Tour Various Locations, Santa Fe 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Exit the train at the Santa Fe Depot and walk the self-guided tour route found online. santafestudiotour.com

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National Senior Games Coming to New Mexico in June This June, more than 10, 000 athletes, along with family and friends, will descend upon the Albuquerque metro area for the 2019 National Senior Games (NSG) presented by Humana. From June 14 to 25, participants will compete in 20 different sports from archery and golf to pickleball and even a triathlon. “The National Senior Games are like the Olympics for seniors,” says Marc Riker, Chief Executive Officer of the National Senior Games Association. “It’s a multi-sport, Olympic-style competition.” Athletes will be coming to New Mexico from all over the United States, and the world. “We already have registered athletes from every state, and we expect to have participants from about a dozen other countries,” Riker says. ICONIC VENUES The main core of activities will happen at the Albuquerque Convention Center, with sports such as volleyball, table tennis, shuffleboard and badminton taking place in the complex. The Convention Center will also house the NSG ‘Village’, where there will be trade shows, sports demonstrations, entertainment, dance lessons, and other engaging activities for athletes, their guests, and even the

general public to participate in. Additional competitions will occur at a variety of venues throughout Albuquerque and surrounding pueblos, and even a location in Santa Fe. “We’re using iconic venues,” says Riker. “We will be using Las Campanas in Santa Fe for cycling, Cochiti Lake for the triathlon, and Balloon Fiesta Park for archery, 5K power walk and 5K race walk. We’re also using The Pit for our Celebration of Athletes.” All of the competitions and events are free for spectators to watch. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED This prestigious event provides the communities and citizens of New Mexico a unique opportunity to showcase the amazing cities, venues, and culture in the Land of Enchantment. One way to do so is to help with the games. Approximately 3,500 volunteers are needed to help out with activities like greeting, check-in, hospitality, data entry, and event set-up. Volunteers can easily register for 4-hour timeslots online at www.nsga.com/volunteer, or contact volunteer@nsga.com for additional information.

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It’s All About Family and Food At Church Street Café It is a family restaurant. From the photos on the walls, to the chef in the kitchen, Church Street Café is a testimonial to what family means to owner Marie Coleman. Coleman was a young mother studying radiology in Albuquerque when she bought a house in Old Town. “We had to push spider webs away when we walked through the building,” she says. “But it was fascinating! It was 300 years old.” Initially, Coleman’s aunt, Reina Jaramillo, was angry about the purchase. “She told me ‘Marie, you are in school. You have no business putting any money down on a house’.” The building, however, soon captured Reina’s imagination. “It was my aunt’s idea to turn it into a restaurant,” Coleman says. “She said, ‘This is a restaurant and you are going to put the kitchen right here’.” That kitchen has been expanded a couple times as the café grew from 80 seats to about 250. THE CUBA CONNECTION There is a photo of aunt Reina and Coleman’s mom, Rita, hanging in one of the front dining rooms at Church Street. They are little girls, maybe 4 or 5 years old, and it was taken in Cuba, N.M., where Reina eventually owned and operated the Silver Star Saloon. Marie Coleman grew up in Cuba and worked for her aunt at the Silver Star, “But I never dreamed I would go into the restaurant business.” Why should she? Her uncle took her out to lunch one day and gave her an early lesson in restaurant ownership. “My uncle and I had gone someplace to eat and while we were sitting at our table, he asked me if I saw the man mopping the floor,” says Coleman. “I said I did, and he said ‘he’s the owner’.” Despite that early introduction, Coleman has been running Church Street for 25 years. That’s what happens when you are born into a family of restaurant owners. Her mother’s brother owns El Bruno’s Restaurant Y Cantina, with locations in both Cuba and Albuquerque. And Marie’s brother, Jim, is the man in the Church Street kitchen. “My brother is the best cook in the family,” she says. “He is always coming up with something different, saying ‘here, try this,’ or ‘take a bite of that.’ I am a good taster.” Coleman typically eats huevos rancheros or breakfast burritos first thing in the morning, and she is partial to Jim’s carne adobada, pork marinated and baked in red chile. It is smooth and warm, perfect for a cold morning. Her best sellers, A plate of carne adobada, beans and however, are enchiladas, a tortilla is a great way to get the and Coleman prefers homestyle taste of New Mexico. Photo Christmas rather than red by Martin Frentzel. or green alone.

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Church Street Café in Old Town is a labor of love for owner Marie Coleman and her brother, Jim, who is “the best cook in the family.” Photo by Martin Frentzel.

The menu includes great salads and sandwiches, and Jim Coleman is also coming up with a new appetizer, which includes avocado fried like a chile relleno.

A FAMILY FRIEND The Ruiz family were the original owners of the Church Street house. Coleman displays photos of them in the restaurant, and there is a display window where a variety of items – bottles, bones, a yardstick – found in the building are on display. Rebuilding the house was done by Coleman and an old family friend, a curandero named Charlie Trujillo. Marie Family photos adorn Church Café. The little girls shown had to show up every morning Street here are Marie Coleman’s Aunt at 8 and Charlie would give Reina Jaramillo, on the left, her a list of the materials he and her mother, Rita. Photo by Martin Frentzel. needed for that day’s work. It was written on a piece of wood and he would instruct her to bring the wooden list back because he was going to use it. “He became an angel,” she says, “I couldn’t have done it without him.” Charlie also liked to recycle the materials from the old house. The stalls in the bathroom were constructed with the lumber from the original ceiling, and the handle on the chimney flue in one dining room was an old door knob. One of Coleman’s favorite dining areas is the patio behind the old house, and her angel’s imprint is found there, too. “Charlie built the waterfall back there,” she says of the patio where she loves to garden when she isn’t handling the myriad of chores that come along with restaurant ownership. “I do enjoy it,” she says. “I enjoy the people and the food.” She enjoys the memories, too. Church Street isn’t just a place to eat, it is a family restaurant where diners can quickly feel at home. www.riometro.org | www.travelnewmex.com | SPRING 2019

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Celebrate American Indian Week

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You can learn everything you ever wanted to know about Native American rugs, jewelry, pottery and more – traditional to contemporary, real or fake – during the 40th annual American Indian Week being celebrated April 22 to 28 at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque. Center spokesperson Joel Wigelsworth says workshops conducted by Native American art experts are scheduled during the week, as are Native dances and the Spring Art Market. “There will be two groups of dancers performing every day,” Wigelsworth says. “You might see an Eagle Dance or a Buffalo Dance or something else, but that will be determined by the groups performing that day.” Each group performs both morning and afternoon. EDUCATION AND SALES Several dozen artists will have booths at the April 2728 art market. “There will be jewelry, pottery, painting, housewares and clothing,” he says. “And I don’t remember a market when we did not have a drum maker in attendance.” Those who can’t visit the center during the week’s celebration can benefit from visiting with the sales staff in the Shumakolowa gift shop. Deanna Martinez, of Mescalero Apache and Navajo heritage, has worked there for more than seven years and does not judge her work day by sales receipts. “I want our customers to leave here knowing what jewelry, pottery and blankets mean to us Native New Mexicans,” Martinez says. “That education can be the greatest gift of all. From jewelry to rugs, these are all gifts from Mother Earth to us.” Shumakolowa is the Zuni word for dragonfly. Other local Native names for dragonflies are Da-Wah-ga (Keresan), P’oetsideh (Tewa), Tdah-She-Khoda (Tiwa) and Ba’ahwha (Towa). The center is dedicated to preserving the traditions and cultures of the 19 pueblos in New Mexico. It contains a museum with thousands of rare artifacts and works of art created by pueblo artists.

MIX AND MATCH Shane Smith has worked in Shumakolowa four years, and produces online lessons about combining Native jewelry with contemporary fashions. “We call it ‘Everyday Elegance,’” Smith says. “You can wear jewelry with whatever you have on,” Smith says, “even when you’re outside gardening, working cattle, herding sheep.” Visit shumakolowa.com/blogs/everyday-elegance to follow Smith’s blog on fashion and style tips for wearing Native jewelry. Pueblo Harvest restaurant, located inside the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, sells Native foods year-round. While the restaurant is known for its extraordinary pueblo-

Deanna Martinez is part saleswoman, part educator at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Photo by Martin Frentzel.

inspired cuisine, it also hosts live music every weekend with an all-you-can-eat taco bar and gourmet pizza made fresh in their outdoor horno oven. The center also schedules regular presentations about issues facing the pueblos, artists demonstrations, and the center’s book club features Native authors at book signings. Visit www.indianpueblo.org to learn more. Regular admission fees are charged during American Indian Week. The adult fee is $8.40. The fee for seniors, active or retired military is $6.40, and ages 5 to 17 are charged $5.40. The 40 cents from each admission, Wigelsworth says, goes into the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Endowment Fund. www.riometro.org | www.travelnewmex.com | SPRING 2019

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The Rail Runner’s G-2 Team

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It is a crew with a wide variety of skills: jeweler, construction worker, automotive professional. One man even did time as a meat cutter at Furr’s, which really comes in handy when the Rio Metro Regional Transit District’s “G-2” Team holds a teambuilding barbecue at its office near the railroad tracks just off Broadway. G-2 stands for “Go To”, a favored description of the Facility Maintenance unit that takes care of everything from covering graffiti at Rail Runner stations between Belen and Santa Fe to picking up trash and brush along the 100-mile track. “We do a little bit of everything,” says team member Martin Chavez, whose main responsibility is overseeing maintenance of the Rail Runner stations from Downtown Albuquerque to Sandoval Co. / US 550 in Bernalillo. He has been on the crew for three years. Chavez worked construction all his life, so when The New Mexico Rail Runner Express “G-2” team. Photo by Martin Frentzel. it comes to tearing down an older building or building an office, he is a jewelry when he isn’t maintaining the rail corridor between good hand to have. He’s also a skilled man at the barbecue grill. the Downtown Albuquerque Station and Belen. He enjoys the diversity of the job, “because there is so much happening all the A CONGENIAL BOSS time.” “We always make the best of what we have,” says Yosh Barela, worked for the Mid-Region Council of Governments Akutagawa, supervisor for the maintenance crew. Akutagawa, a (MRCOG) for 13 years before moving over to Rio Metro. graduate of New Mexico Military Institute, makes rider safety MRCOG helps the governments in Bernalillo, Valencia, and comfort the priority for his crew, but he also makes working Torrance and Sandoval counties and the municipalities therein maintenance as enjoyable as possible. “I take care of the guys, plan for the future. He has been in his current position with the and they take care of me.” Rio Metro for four years. Alex Sanchez has been a team member for four years. His stretch of the Rail Runner route is Kewa (Santo Domingo FLAGGING Pueblo) to Santa Fe, where he lives. “You meet some interesting Before making the move to Rio Metro, Rick Frye worked people,” he says. for six years with Herzog, the contractor that operates the Rail Sanchez Runner. He is “Rules Qualified”, which means he coordinates is fairly maintenance along the tracks, checks with dispatch for the interesting locations of oncoming trains, and informs crews when they himself. He need to leave the tracks to allow trains to pass. Those skills, was born in considered “flagging”, take Frye to the scenes of fatalities. Russia, was “I have been to a lot of fatalities,” he says, “either trains adopted in hitting cars or suicides. I can recall the first one and the last one. 1996, and That’s the worst thing, dealing with the fatalities.” took a year Frye spent almost 30 years working in the automotive to learn industry, starting as a mechanic and working up to sales and English after management. “I wanted a change, and boy did I get it!” moving to Over all, though, Frye says Yosh makes working on the United maintenance a good environment and Chavez agrees. “Yosh States. likes to find stuff along the tracks and hang it on your truck,” Team says Chavez. member J.R. The entire team agrees that Yosh is the guy who makes the job Barela does fun, and he doesn’t disagree. “When it’s not fun anymore, it’s silver-and Chavez and Akutagawa prepare for a team-building time to move on,” he says. barbecue. Photo by Martin Frentzel. turquoise www.riometro.org | www.travelnewmex.com | SPRING 2019

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Kids and Their Love of Trains The train bug can bite you at an early age. Noah Harp, for example, is a 14-year-old resident of Lakeside, AZ, who has been fascinated by trains for a decade or maybe more. “One of the things I remember the most about his early fascination with trains was going to the Silver Creek Railroad Club,” says Harp’s grandmother Gloria Harp. “There was a gentleman there and Noah told him they needed to get rid of those diesel engines. ‘I only like steam engines,’ Noah told him.” After a decade of watching Burlington Northern Santa Fe trains pass back and forth, however, Noah has relented and is more tolerant of diesels, especially the New Mexico Rail Runner Express. A GOOD DECISION “The Rail Runner’s engine and cars are beautiful,” Noah says. “It’s a really nice commuter train. Another good reason is the train is really fast. Rio Metro made a good decision on it.” Grandma Gloria and Noah actually have a HO scale model of the Rail Runner. “We found the engine online for $400,” says Gloria, “and we bought it together. Then we had to make the coaches. We cut out pictures of the Rail Runner from magazines and glued them on his cars. It doesn’t look bad!” Gloria’s sister, Myra Thomson, lives in Belen, so Noah and his grandmother visit New Mexico regularly. While there, they ride the Rail Runner from Belen to Noah Harp with his own creation of the New Mexico Rail Runner. Photo Courtesy Santa Fe. “We ride up, eat lunch and come back,” of the Harp Family. she says. “The train is the cheapest way to travel,” says Noah. “The most interesting thing I have done on the train was when the engineer showed me where they work in the control car.”

Theo shouts loudly. “I should mention that he also carries his ‘Thomas the Train’ model with him,” she says, “and Thomas’ friends as well.”

Theo Anderson on the New Mexico Rail Runner Express on his way to visit his Grandparents. Photo Courtesy of the Anderson Family.

Michael and Melissa have been married 19 years and have four sons, ages 8 to 2. Michael brings home many of his graphic arts projects, so the kids see and draw lots of trains and train parts. They also travel to see trains like Thomas. “We have gone to a couple of events to see Thomas,” Michael says. “He was at Chama once, and we also saw him in Golden, Colorado. There they had a full-fledged steam engine that was running and hauling Thomas around.”

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THE CHOO-CHOO’S HERE! Breanna Anderson owns her own public relations firm in Albuquerque, and regularly needs help watching her son, Theo, who turns 3 in May. “His Abuela and grandpa live in Belen, so we ride the Rail Runner to Belen, or meet them at Isleta,” Breanna says. “Theo loves the water at Isleta, or the puddles along the route after it rains. He yells anytime he sees anything along the route – cows, horses.” Waiting for the train in Belen is another occasion for using his lungs, Breanna says. “The choochoo’s here, the choo-choo’s here!”

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Jiron children and father, Michael, in front of the 2926 Locomotive. Photo Courtesy of the Jiron Family.

DADDY CHOO-CHOO Michael and Melissa Jiron are similarly familiar with the Rail Runner and Thomas the Tank Engine. Michael is the graphic designer for the New Mexico Rail Runner Express. He didn’t start out a train aficionado but he has always liked machinery. “I have a fascination with things that are mechanical,” he says. “Before this job I wasn’t into trains specifically, but I did have an appreciation for the hard work required to make something so big, run so smooth.”

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“It was really something to hear, see and smell an actual steam engine running,” he says. The oldest boy, 8-year-old Michael, became so immersed in his dad’s work he started calling the Rail Runner “Daddy ChooChoo,” and has already told his father that when daddy reaches retirement age, he, the younger Michael, plans to take his father’s job. “I have ridden the train hundreds of times,” young Michael says. “I like the rocking back and forth.”

GRANDMA’S HOUSE Jonathan, 6, has a favorite engine on television’s well-known railroad program about Thomas and his friends. “Percy delivers the mail, and he is very kind.” Jonathan says. Having his father “take care of me” is the favorite train-ride activity for 5-year-old Nicolas, although watching the freight train in Belen is another treasured part of his train life. “Those trains are a mile long,” Nicolas says stretching out his arms. Asher, the youngest of the Jiron children, was under the weather during the interview, but his other three brothers agreed that their favorite station along the Rail Runner route is Isleta. “They like the buffalo there,” says father Michael. “They also like the fountain in the lake, and the station is on the road to Grandma’s house,” he says. No wonder they call it “Daddy Choo-choo.”

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