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S AN TA F E ’ S NE W P L AC E TO ME E T The Railyard is where Santa Fe comes to meet friends and neighbors, shop at New Mexico’s largest farmers’ market and other unique stores, have a great meal, see thought-provoking art, experience live performances, or just relax and PL AY. WWW.R AILYARD SANTAF E .COM Photo credit: Jennifer Esperanza

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owner Robin Martin publisher Ginny Sohn editor Rob Dean editorial Creative director Deborah Villa 986-3027

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ERNIE MONTOyA

Features

In every Issue

Calendar of events 12 Getting there is half the fun 14 Dining in style 16 Rail Runner tours

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Weekday schedules

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Weekend schedules

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web Digital development Natalie GuillĂŠn www.santafenewmexican.com address Office: 202 E. Marcy St. Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday Advertising information: 505-995-3852 Delivery: 505-986-3010, 800-873-3372 For copies of this magazine, call 428-7622 or email rperez@sfnewmexican.com.

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ZONE-BASED FARES Effective May 21, 2012

SYSTEM MAP

(Receive Discount Online)

HOW TO CALCULATE YOUR FARE

Santa Fe Depot

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 Do you want a one-way ticket, a day pass, or a monthly or annual pass? Are you eligible for a reduced fare? Step 3: Check the chart below and see how much your fare is

South Capitol Zia Road

Santa Fe Co. NM 599

FULL FARE / TARIFA COMPLETA

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

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

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

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

REDUCED FARE / TARIFA DE DESCUENTO day monthly one-way pass pass 1 zone $1 $2 $19 2 zones $1 $2 $28 3 zones $2 $3 $36 4 zones $4 $6 $52 5 zones $4 $7 $55 6 zones $5 $8 $61

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

Kewa Pueblo

Sandoval Co. / US 550 Downtown Bernalillo

Sandia Pueblo

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

Los Ranchos Journal Center Montaño Downtown Albuquerque Bernalillo Co.

Children 9 and under ride free!

Isleta Pueblo

REDUCED FARES ARE AVAILABLE TO

•Youth ages 10-17 • Students with a valid student ID •Seniors age 62+

• People with disabilities who show: - A Medicare card - An NM Motor Vehicle Department notification - A letter from 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 - A disabled veteran ID card

Los Lunas Station Comming Soon

866-795-RAIL (7245) • www.nmrailrunner.com Customer Service Hours:

Mon - Wed: 5am - 9pm | Thur - Fri: 5am - 10:30pm | Sat: 7am - 11:30pm | Sun: 7am - 10pm

Rio 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.

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For information and detailed schedules for all events, call the number listed or visit the organization website.

All YeAr long

Santa Fe Farmers Market Santa Fe Railyard every Saturday and Tuesday from 7 a.m.-noon exit the train at the Santa Fe Depot 505-983-4098 santafefarmersmarket.com railyard Artisans’ Market Santa Fe, Market Pavilion every Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. exit the train at the Santa Fe Depot 505-983-4098 santafefarmersmarket.com/ artisans-market/ Santa Fe Artists’ Market Santa Fe Railyard every Saturday from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. exit the train at the Santa Fe Depot 505-310-1555 santafeartistsmarket.com

June June 1-nov. 2

Downtown growers’ Market & Festival Downtown Albuquerque, Robinson Park Saturday mornings from 7 a.m.-noon exit the train at the Downtown Albuquerque Station and take ABQ RIDe Route 66 to 8th and Central 505-243-2230 downtowngrowers.com

June 3-9

Albuquerque Film & Media experience Albuquerque, nob Hill exit the train at the Downtown Albuquerque Station and board the Rapid Red Line, green Line or ABQ RIDe Route 66 to nob Hill. 505-263-8292 abqfilmexperience.com

June 7-9

San Felipe de neri Church Fiestas Albuquerque, Old Town Plaza exit the train at the Downtown Albuquerque station and board the Rapid Red Line to Old Town 505-243-4628 sanfelipedeneri.org

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rail Along the rio grande 2013 Model Train Show Albuquerque, Marriott Pyramid north exit the train at the Los Ranchos/ Journal Center Station and board ABQ RIDe Route 251 to the hotel. From the west side, board ABQ RIDe Route 551 for a direct route to the Journal Center Business District (505) 459-8087 rarg2013.org

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June 8

Art Santa Fe Santa Fe Community Convention Center exit the train at the Santa Fe Depot and board the Santa Fe Pick up or walk to the Convention Center. 505-988-8883; artsantafe.com

19th Annual Mudd Volleyball Albuquerque, Rio Bravo and Second Street exit the train at the Bernalillo County station. All passengers must be clean of mud before boarding the train. 505-243-6626 abqmuddvolleyball.org

June 21-23

Albuquerque Comic expo Albuquerque Convention Center exit the train at the Downtown Albuquerque Station and walk to 2nd Street and Tijeras 505-465-9668 abqcomicexpo.com

June 21-23

new Mexico Arts & Crafts Fair Albuquerque, expo new Mexico exit the train at the Downtown Albuquerque station and board Rapid Red Line or green Line 505-884-9043 nmartsandcraftsfair.org

June 21-22

Santa Fe greek Festival Santa Fe Community Convention Center 11 a.m.-9 p.m. exit the train at the Santa Fe Depot and board the Santa Fe Pick up or walk to the Convention Center. 505-466-0015 steliasnm.org

June 22

Santa Fe Pride Festival Santa Fe Railyard exit the train at the Santa Fe Depot santafehra.org

June 29

ABQ Pride Albuquerque, expo new Mexico exit the train at the Downtown Albuquerque station and board Rapid Red Line, green Line or ABQ RIDe Route 66 to the fairgrounds. 505-873-8084 abqpride.com

July 4

Pancakes on the Plaza Santa Fe Plaza exit the train at the Santa Fe Depot and board the Santa Fe Pick up or walk to the Plaza. 505-274-2266 pancakesontheplaza.com

Aug. 9-10, Aug. 12-13

Whitehawk Antique Show Santa Fe Community Convention Center exit the train at the Santa Fe Depot and board the Santa Fe Pick up or walk to the Convention Center. 505-992-8929 whitehawkshows.com

Aug. 10-11

July 11-14

July 12-14

Santa Fe International Folk Art Market Santa Fe, Museum Hill exit train at the South Capitol Station and board shuttles to Museum Hill 505-992-7600 folkartmarket.org

July 20

route 66 Summerfest 2013 Albuquerque, nob Hill exit the train at the Downtown Albuquerque Station and board the Rapid Ride Red Line, green Line or ABQ RIDe Route 66. rt66central.com

July 27-28

Traditional Spanish Market Santa Fe Plaza exit the train at the Santa Fe Depot and board the Santa Fe Pick up or walk to the Plaza. 505-982-2226 spanishcolonialblog.org

July 27-28

Contemporary Spanish Market Santa Fe, off the Plaza exit the train at the Santa Fe Depot and board the Santa Fe Pick up or walk to the Plaza. 505-296-2749 contemporaryhispanicmarket.com

AuguST

rag rug Festival & gift Show Santa Fe, Museum Hill exit the train at the South Capitol station and board the shuttles to Museum Hill. 505-983-6155 nmwf.org

Aug. 17-18

Santa Fe Indian Market Santa Fe Plaza exit the train at the Santa Fe Depot and board the Santa Fe Pick up or walk to the Plaza. 505-983-5220 swaia.org

Aug. 25

Albuquerque Hopfest Albuquerque, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino exit the train at the Isleta Pueblo Station albuquerquehopfest.com

SePTeMBer Aug. 31, Sept. 1 & 2

Bernalillo, new Mexico Wine Festival (They have asked us to use this station now) exit the train at the Sandoval County/ uS 550 station. 505-867-3311 newmexicowinefestival.com

Sept. 5

Burning of Zozobra Santa Fe, Fort Marcy Park exit the train at the Santa Fe Depot and walk to Fort Marcy Park; the last train will run later to accommodate southbound travelers; check nmrailrunner.com for details. 1-855-ZOZOBRA burnzozobra.com

Aug. 3-4

girls Inc. of Santa Fe Arts and Crafts Show Santa Fe Plaza exit the train at the Santa Fe Depot and board the Santa Fe Pick up or walk to the Plaza. 505-982-2042 girlsincofsantafe.org

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Weekday Schedule LUNES A VIERNES SCHEDULE EFFECTIVE 8/13/2012 /

Horario efectivo a partir del 13 de agosto 2012 ESTACIONES DE TREN

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

Belen

Los Lunas

4:15A 5:49A 6:46A 8:15A

3:51P

6:01P 7:12P 8:08P

Isleta Pueblo

4:35A 6:02A 6:59A 8:27A

4:04P

6:16P 7:26P 8:22P

Bernalillo County

4:45A 6:10A 7:06A 8:35A

4:11P

6:29P 7:35P 8:31P

Downtown ABQ

4:00A

4:32A 5:02A 6:22A 7:19A 8:42A 9:35A 4:26P 5:34P 6:48P 7:42P 8:38P

Los Ranchos / JC

4:18A

4:47A 5:17A 6:34A 7:36A

9:50A 4:41P 5:49P 7:06P

4:52A 5:22A

7:42A

9:55A 4:46P 5:54P 7:12P

Sandia Pueblo Downtown Bernalillo Sandoval / US 550 Kewa

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

Northbound / Hacia el Norte #102 #504 EXPRESS #506 #508 #510 3:55A 5:39A 6:35A 8:04A –

TRAIN STATIONS

READING THE SCHEDULE

Shown are departure times, unless otherwise noted.

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

SF County / NM 599

#500 PURPLE PURPLE SHUTTLE

#502

#512

#514

3:40P

5:51P 7:01P 7:57P

#516

#518

#520

5:01A 5:31A

7:52A

10:03A 4:54P 6:07P 7:26P

4:36A

5:05A 5:35A 6:46A 7:58A

10:08A 4:59P 6:12P 7:31P

5:25A 5:55A 7:05A 8:18A

10:28A 5:19P 6:34P 7:50P

5:11A 5:11A 5:48A 6:18A 7:24A 8:39A

10:51A 5:43P 6:57P 8:13P

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

South Capitol

5:28A 6:08A 6:38A 7:40A 8:54A

11:11A 5:58P 7:17P 8:33P

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

Santa Fe Depot

5:33A 6:13A 6:43A 7:45A 8:59A

11:16A 6:03P 7:22P 8:38P

READ DOWN LEA HACIA ABAJO

For departures from Downtown ABQ #500 Purple

ESTACIONES DE TREN

5:39A 7:13A 1:02P

5:43A 7:18A 1:07P

4:20P 5:09P 5:35P 6:51P 9:05P

6:01A 7:37A 1:26P

4:39P 5:26P 5:54P 7:10P 9:24P

6:19A 7:55A 1:44P

4:57P

5:51A

6:38A 8:14A 2:03P

5:16P 6:02P 6:31P 7:47P 10:01P

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

6:04A 6:57A 8:32A 2:21P

5:34P 6:14P 6:49P 8:05P 10:19P

Santa Fe Depot

Use bus stop on 1st street at Alvarado Transit Center

Use la parada de autobús ubicada por la Calle Primera en el Centro de Transporte Alvarado

#505B - Use bus bay “N”

Utilice el área de autobuses “N”

Free Bus Connections Present your valid printed New Mexico Rail Runner Express ticket and ride these buses for FREE. There are more than 60 bus connections from Belen to Santa Fe that can take you just about anywhere you want to go!

Shown are departure time unless otherwise noted

Southbound / Hacia el Sur

#101 #515 EXPRESS #517 #519 #521 4:15P 5:04P 5:30P 6:46P 9:00P

TRAIN STATIONS

#501 –

#503 #505-A #505-B #507 –

South Capitol

SF County / NM 599

Kewa

Sandoval / US 550

Downtown ABQ

#509

#511

NCRTD

6:12P 7:28P 9:42P

4:45A 5:30A 6:20A 6:25A 7:10A 8:45A 2:37P 4:30P 5:50P 6:25P 7:02P 8:18P 10:32P

Bernalillo County

4:53A 5:41A

6:37A 7:19A

2:45P 4:38P 5:57P

7:09P

Isleta Pueblo

5:01A 5:49A

6:49A 7:27A

2:52P 4:45P 6:06P

7:17P

Los Lunas

5:13A 6:06A

7:09A 7:39A

3:05P 4:58P 6:22P

7:31P

Belen

5:24A 6:17A

7:27A 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

Significa el tren no hace parada

ABQ RIDE

#513

RIO METRO SANDOVAL

SANTA FE TRAILS

0:00

Train arrives but does not continue

Tren llega hasta este punto pero no continua

Service provided by Rio Metro RTD bus

Servicio y fondos para autobús proporcionados por Rio Metro RTD

RIO METRO VALENCIA

Rio Metro 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 Río Metro esta comprometido a sus obligaciones con Title VI. No discriminamos a base de raza, color o origen nacional al desempeñar nuestro servicio. Para obtener más información sobre nuestra obligación con Title VI o para presentar una queja, favor de contactarnos en 809 Copper NW, ABQ, NM 87102.


HORARIO DEL SABADO ESTACIONES DE TREN

Northbound Saturday / Sabado Hacia el Norte

Saturday Schedule ESTACIONES DE TREN

Southbound Saturday / Sabado Hacia el Sur

#702

#704

#706

#708

#710

#701

#703

#705

#707

#709

#711

Belen

8:28A

1:08P

5:50P

7:41P

10:30P

Santa Fe Depot

10:48A

3:28P

8:09P

10:01P

Los Lunas

8:38A

1:18P

6:00P

7:51P

10:40P

South Capitol

10:53A

3:33P

8:14P

10:06P

Isleta Pueblo

8:49A

1:29P

6:11P

8:02P

10:51P

SF County / NM 599

11:09A

3:49P

8:30P

10:22P

Bernalillo County

8:56A

1:36P

6:18P

8:09P

10:58P

Kewa

11:27A

4:07P

8:48P

10:40P

Downtown ABQ

9:06A

1:46P

6:28P

8:19P

11:08P

Sandoval / US 550

11:45A

4:25P

9:06P

10:58P

Los Ranchos / JC

9:21A

2:01P

6:43P

8:34P

Downtown Bernalillo

11:48A

4:28P

9:09P

11:01P

8:39P

Sandia Pueblo

11:56A

4:36P

9:17P

11:09P

8:47P

Los Ranchos / JC

12:01P

4:41P

9:22P

11:14P

TRAIN STATIONS

Sandia Pueblo Downtown Bernalillo

9:26A 9:34A

2:06P 2:14P

6:48P 6:56P

TRAIN STATIONS

Sandoval / US 550

9:37A

2:17P

6:59P

8:50P

Downtown ABQ

7:35A

12:16P

4:58P

6:48P

9:37P

11:29P

Kewa

9:55A

2:35P

7:17P

9:08P

Bernalillo County

7:45A

12:26P

5:08P

6:58P

9:47P

SF County / NM 599

10:13A

2:53P

7:35P

9:26P

Isleta Pueblo

7:52A

12:33P

5:15P

7:05P

9:54P

South Capitol

10:29A

3:09P

7:51P

9:42P

Los Lunas

8:03A

12:44P

5:26P

7:16P

10:05P

Santa Fe Depot

10:34A

3:14P

7:56P

9:47P

Belen

8:13A

12:54P

5:36P

7:26P

10:15P

READ DOWN

READ DOWN

LEA HACIA ABAJO

LEA HACIA ABAJO

HORARIO DEL DOMINGO ESTACIONES DE TREN

Northbound Sunday / Domingo Hacia el Norte

Sunday Schedule

ESTACIONES DE TREN

Southbound Sunday / Domingo Hacia el Sur

TRAIN STATIONS

#702

#704

#706

TRAIN STATIONS

#701

#703

#705

#709

Belen

8:28A

1:08P

5:50P

Santa Fe Depot

10:48A

3:28P

8:09P

Los Lunas

8:38A

1:18P

6:00P

South Capitol

10:53A

3:33P

8:14P

Isleta Pueblo

8:49A

1:29P

6:11P

SF County / NM 599

11:09A

3:49P

8:30P

Bernalillo County

8:56A

1:36P

6:18P

Kewa

11:27A

4:07P

8:48P

Downtown ABQ

9:06A

1:46P

6:28P

Sandoval / US 550

11:45A

4:25P

9:06P

Los Ranchos / JC

9:21A

2:01P

6:43P

Downtown Bernalillo

11:48A

4:28P

9:09P

Sandia Pueblo

9:26A

2:06P

6:48P

Sandia Pueblo

11:56A

4:36P

9:17P

Downtown Bernalillo

9:34A

2:14P

6:56P

Los Ranchos / JC

12:01P

4:41P

9:22P

Sandoval / US 550

9:37A

2:17P

6:59P

Downtown ABQ

7:35A

12:16P

4:58P

9:37P

Kewa

9:55A

2:35P

7:17P

Bernalillo County

7:45A

12:26P

5:08P

SF County / NM 599

10:13A

2:53P

7:35P

Isleta Pueblo

7:52A

12:33P

5:15P

South Capitol

10:29A

3:09P

7:51P

Los Lunas

8:03A

12:44P

5:26P

10:34A

3:14P

8:13A

12:54P

5:36P

Santa Fe Depot

7:56P

Belen

READ DOWN

READ DOWN

LEA HACIA ABAJO

LEA HACIA ABAJO

Free Bus Connections Present your valid printed New Mexico Rail Runner Express ticket and ride these buses for FREE. There are more than 60 bus connections from Belen to Santa Fe that can take you just about anywhere you want to

ABQ RIDE

NCRTD

RIO METRO SANDOVAL

SANTA FE TRAILS

RIO METRO VALENCIA

Rio Metro 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 Río Metro esta comprometido a sus obligaciones con Title VI. No discriminamos a base de raza, color o origen nacional al desempeñar nuestro servicio. Para obtener más información sobre nuestra obligación con Title VI o para presentar una queja, favor de contactarnos en 809 Copper NW, ABQ, NM 87102.

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For more information, fares and connections not listed, please contact these providers:

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photos ernie MontoyA

A group of friends looking forward to a day in santa Fe.

GettinG there is half the fun By C ra i g S m it h

headinG south—and north

The little boy sitting on the upper level of the Rail Runner was eager, attentive, and good as gold. He watched the landscape unfurl like a broad ribbon as the train flowed south from the Santa Fe Depot, only occasionally peppering his father with questions. (“Are we going fast yet? Why are we going slow now? Are we going to go faster?”) He hung from the overhead luggage rack only twice. Then, suddenly, he’d had enough. Turning to his dad, he said, “I want to go sit downstairs.” “Are you sure?” his father asked. “Yes! I’m done up here!” he replied firmly. I understood the lad’s sudden impatience but couldn’t share it. For my money the train could keep going as long and far as it could, and I’d gladly stay by my second-level window. I’d muse, meditate, work, maybe even nod off a bit — and do so in peace, since I’d turned off my cell phone. Sometimes being out of touch is just what you need.

It was a sunny weekday in May. I’d boarded the Rail Runner at the Santa Fe Depot and was on my way to Belen, the southernmost point on the line. We were due to arrive at 3:15 p.m.; after a short wait, the train would head north again at 3:40 p.m. Santa Fe arrival was projected at 6:03 p.m. — a 200-mile round-trip in five hours, counting stops. It worked out that way almost to the minute, too. The trip was an experiment: to try out the Rail Runner not only as a tourist experience, but also as a workplace and meditation zone. This fuller appreciation of train travel is something the Rio Metro Regional Transit District, which operates the train, hopes more New Mexicans and visitors will realize. The main reason for taking a train may be to get from point A to point B — but as the adage has it, getting there should be at least half the fun. “Your experience begins from the moment you step on the train,” said Jay Faught, Rio Metro marketing manager. “We absolutely do try to point that out to people. There’s so much to see. When you take the train you go through five pueblos. When you’re coming from

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Albuquerque, after your train travels under I-25, it starts going uphill through Waldo Canyon. That’s my favorite part of the whole trip. The track is higher than the ground level and you can see, across the mesa, the beauty New Mexico has to offer.” If you are enough of a train lover to want to take 30 of your dearest friends along with you for a birthday party or just to blow off steam, you can do so quite nicely, Faught said. The company is happy to rent out a car on a regular train for a wedding or special event for $1,000. To rent a whole train, what companies used to call a “special,” costs $2,000 per hour, and so far there have been no takers. But there has been one quite festive wedding on the Rail Runner, and maybe a tradition of nuptials or anniversary celebrations will come into being.

So how did my experience work out? Tourism: Of course, traveling on the Rail Runner means many

opportunities if you’re looking for things to do at different destinations. Albuquerque and Santa Fe offer what seem to be unlimited chances to stroll, shop, attend a performance, go to a museum or gallery, or enjoy a variety of cuisines. As noted elsewhere in this magazine, various excursions are now available in Valencia County, while major summer festivals and events entice the traveler in both Albuquerque and Santa Fe. And if you feel lucky, you can hop off the train at the Sandia or Isleta stops for the casinos, or you can spend the afternoon in Los Lunas or Belen, both of which have charming sights, before heading back north. Working: Believe it or not, the Rail Runner is a mobile-office delight. Some of the seats are arranged around tables that make working on your laptop a breeze, as there are power outlets available right there. The trains boast Wi-Fi, too. There is some jouncing when the train is moving fast, and even at slow speeds, writing by hand can be messy, but long periods of thought followed by the occasional written note do just fine. If your train has a Quiet Car, you’re in even more luck. Always the car closest to the engine on certain trains, Quiet Cars require that riders not talk, play loud games on cell phones, or play music out loud. The noise level is lower than the controlled screech you get in so many cafés, and you can bring your own thermos of coffee or tea, and a snack. And if you need a moment of creative lassitude, there’s always the landscape rolling by to rest your eyes on. Meditation: As anyone who loves trains knows, even the most routine commuter trip can cast magic. When you’re on a train, you’re set off from the rest of the world. There’s a sense of benign detachment. You and your fellow travelers are on an adventure together, where anything can happen — in your head if not in actuality. On this particular day, I saw things you can see all the time, but they were made special when espied from the windows of the Rail Runner. The backs of places I knew well in Santa Fe and less well in Albuquerque. Roads I use every day, but this time I saw them from the point of view of a rolling train, rather than a car stopped by the signal lights and gates. The play of the clouds in the sky, their beauty brought home by the new perspective. The industrial landscape the train traveled through into and out of Albuquerque. The sight of other Rail Runners waiting to roll in the train yard.

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Fields green with irrigation in Albuquerque’s South Valley and down by Belen and Los Lunas. Full and dry acequias. Horno ovens at Kewa Pueblo. At a score of houses, washing flapping on clotheslines. And off to the west, for much of the trip, the green belt of trees that hid the Río Grande as it flowed along in its own track. The whole trip was a kind of traveling retreat. Good for the body, good for the mind.

All AboArd Ultimately, my experiment was a satisfying success. And the cost was a bonus. Rail Runner fares depend on how many of the six travel zones you pass through, if you are buying a daily, monthly, or annual pass, and if you are getting full fare or discounted travel. I paid only $11 for a day pass, good for as much travel as I could consume. Discounted fares are available to seniors 62 and over, students with a valid student ID, youth 10-17, and people with disabilities who can show certain forms of identification. Those include a Medicare card, an ABQ RIDE Honored Citizen Card, a Santa Fe Ride Card or Santa Fe Trails Half Fare Card, or a disabled veteran ID. Children under 9 ride free. Now that’s a bargain — whether you are traveling for business, pleasure or entertainment. June-Aug 2013 | X PReSS

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Dining in style

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In the glory days of U.S. rail travel, life was a banquet. The big lines were proud of the fare offered on their dining cars. Meals were served with taste and attention to detail. Food came to the table on attractive, if sturdy, dinnerware especially made for each line — in some cases especially for the high-priority, fastmoving “crack” trains that crisscrossed the land at express speeds. Such china is a collector’s item today.

“I always liked trains and I do remember nice train travel,” said a local train memorabilia aficionado whom we shall call Mr. B. “I took the California Zephyr as a kid, and the service was amazing. The [Santa Fe] Super Chief and Chief had the same kind of excellence.” Today, unless you’re willing to fork over big sums to travel on a deluxe tour train such as the American Orient Express, the best place to find old-time dining quality in North America is on the Canadian trains, “especially the ones that go coast-to-coast and through the Rockies,” Mr. B. pointed out. Amtrak simply doesn’t

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come up to that standard — or that of the past on American rails.

The TasTy PasT What kind of dining experience would someone on the Super Chief find in, say, the 1930s, ’40s or ’50s? For one thing, there were no sandwiches in plastic wrap, drinks doled out in plastic cups or unhappy-looking, much-used bench seats. The dining car would boast tables for two or four. They would be covered with white tablecloths and have fine napery folded just so, with good flatware bracketing the place plate. There also would be a piece of china specifically designed for every possible need, either on the table or brought to you by whitejacketed waiters, who took the food from the white-toqued chefs in the galley. But you had to write out your order yourself — to avoid mistakes, waiters were not permitted to take oral food orders. Mr. B.’s collection of train memorabilia includes posters, schedules, fare cards and menus, especially from the Santa Fe line. Most of his impressive tableware collection also is from the Santa Fe Railway coffers, in the Mimbres-inspired patterns designed by Mary Colter, who was for decades the in-house architect and designer for the Fred Harvey railway hotel system. The designs were applied in decals, and the quite pretty red-on-white chinaware was made for hard use. “It was good quality but mass-produced for tough work,” Mr. B. explains. “Practical.” Looking into Mr. B.’s cupboard, the number of specialty dishes seems virtually endless. Coffee or tea cups, saucers, entrée plates. Salad plates, boiled-egg cups, ice cream bowls. Bouillon cups, soup plates, serving dishes for vegetables and chops. Small butter saucers, espresso cups — even special dishes for baked apples. Shining coffee, tea and chocolate pots. The food that appeared in those containers was always fresh: Trains would take on fish, meat, produce, milk and eggs at various stops, including specialties of a certain area, such as trout in Colorado — a legacy from the great Fred Harvey eating house empire of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. When trains began traveling fast enough that regular food stops were no longer necessary, the Harvey tradition of excellence moved on board. “Fred Harvey set the standards on the Santa Fe, and the other companies picked it up,” Mr. B. says. First-class service on the Zephyr and Super Chief “was really something,” he said. “Breakfast was always first come, first served, but they had first and second seatings for lunch and dinner. They’d come through [the train] with chimes.” Those who didn’t want to sit with the crowd could reserve the private Turquoise Room on the Super Chief. But for all its private comfort, it was egalitarian: any passenger could reserve it. And of course, there was a bar or club car with comfortable seating, superb views and an attentive bartender for those who preferred drinks, cigarettes and conversation to riding in the domed vista car. When Amtrak took over the Santa Fe and other lines in 1972, the Santa Fe Railway permitted it to continue to use the china pattern — until the quality of the dining service began going downhill. Then the Santa Fe withdrew its permission, and the china virtually vanished overnight.

‘Welcome to The Turquoise Room aboard the Super Chief’

DeTecTive work for Dishes Now, if you want to buy original pieces of Colter’s Mimbres ware, you must shop assiduously online or at railroad memorabilia shows — and be prepared to pay high prices. Good quality reproductions are less costly, but still substantially priced. Most of Mr. B.’s collection came from Rainbow Man on Palace Avenue in Santa Fe. But even that legendary store doesn’t carry the material anymore. “It’s more difficult for us to find, because we can’t buy it at a reasonable price in order to retail it,” said Marianne Kapoune, who with her husband Robert owns Rainbow Man. “We get a piece now and then but we had two cases full once. The only sources for originals I know, and again, more at a retail price, are at railroad shows.” Kapoune confirmed that collectors often stick to one train line, and added that all those she has worked with have been men. The only women she remembers selling pieces to were buying it for their husbands. One maven, she recalled, bought only dishware from western trains for his home in the West, and eastern-line china for another home back East. That’s dedication. Reproductions of Colter’s classic design, however, are still available at The Chile Shop on Water Street. They come in a red pattern very close to the original burgundy, and also with a black-and-grey coloring. So there’s still a chance to imagine your stationary dining room coursing cross-country à la Super Chief — even if you have to serve the meal yourself. June-Aug 2013 | X PReSS

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It may not have the allure of Star Trek or the mystery of The X-Files, but the New Mexico Rail Runner is the stuff dreams are made of – and never more so than now. “The real adventure is still out there,” said entrepreneur and marketing maven Tom Greer, who created and heads the Rail Runner tourism marketing plan. “The Rail Runner can be and will be so much more than a commuter railway. “When (former Governor) Bill Richardson announced his plan for a commuter train between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, I knew he’d get it done. But his vision was limited to just providing transportation. Governor (Susana) Martinez and Tourism Secretary Monique Jacobson see the opportunity for eco-tourism, a combination of economic development and tourism, provided by the Rail Runner.” With a state tourism grant of $10,000 two years ago, Greer began putting together and marketing excursions from Rail Runner 16

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stations between the southernmost point of Belen northward to Santa Fe. These included daylong tours of Canyon Road, Museum Hill and the Plaza in the capital city; downtown walking tours of the Duke City; and the historic Harvey House and Art League Gallery in Belen. “These trips are guided by our tourism staff,” Greer noted, “and include transportation [the Rail Runner and chartered buses at the destination points, if necessary]; meals, if part of the tour; and interpretive guides at the sites. All trips provide opportunities to meet artists, owners and a chance to go ‘behind the scenes,’ something not readily available to the general public. “[The excursions] are prepaid as a package and are all-inclusive with entries [to museums or other sites], transportation, food, lodging [if an overnight trip], taxes and gratuities. Shopping, of course, is on your own,” Greer said with a laugh. “The magic is that the visitor or local taking the trip doesn’t have to put all the pieces together; we do that for them, and the pricing reflects that.” A particularly memorable Rail Runner trip, Greer said, brought


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To learn more about ongoing and upcoming New Mexico Rail Runner tours, visit nmrailrunnervacations.com. Self-guided tours are also available. The train ticket is the only charge for the self-guided options, with many packages including a discount coupon for lunch at a participating restaurant. To get on the Rail Runner tour mailing list, send an email to trainvacations4u@aol.com.

senior members of the Jubilee Community in Los Lunas to Santa Fe during the legislative session for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Roundhouse. Hosted by Lt. Gov. John Sanchez, the group sat in on a Senate session, then went to the state Senate floor for a group photo with Sanchez and later took a tour of the Roundhouse art collection. “There’s so much to do along the Río Grande corridor. In fact, did you know that New Mexico is in the top five states in the nation in cultural assets?” Greer asked. “The history, beauty and culture of this state are unmatched; unfortunately, I think we locals sometimes are not aware of, or overlook, how wonderful this place is. “We aim to change that with these excursions, which are geared to visitors, New Mexicans in the Río Grande Corridor who never ride the train and Rail Runner commuters who are not aware of these opportunities beyond their workday,” Greer said. A night at the Santa Fe Opera, including shopping on the Plaza, dinner, local bus transportation, overnight lodging and breakfast, is scheduled for this summer. “We’ve done the opera before,” Greer said, “and people appreciate having everything taken care of. They just have to show up.” Bicycle trips also are on the docket, with self-guided and group tours in conjunction with the New Mexico Touring Society. Additional trips include Canyon Road shopping and gallery tours, which also are available as self-guided tours with a trip passport that includes maps and information; a visit to Museum Hill in Santa Fe with several different rotating museums; Steam Locomotive 2926 Restoration, an on-going project in the Albuquerque rail yards; and high-end consignment store shopping in Nob Hill (Albuquerque) and Santa Fe. Other existing trips feature the Camino Real and Tome Hill, a historical expedition that includes a winery visit and lunch, the Puerto Del Sol Sculpture site and a climb to the top of Tome Hill (always optional); Los Lunas, Tome and Belen; and a downtown Albuquerque walking tour that features art in public places and a visit to Central Avenue with lunch at the Standard Diner. Special trips planned for the near future include a Christmas pilgrimage that runs the entire corridor from Santa Fe, the city of churches, to Belen (Spanish for Bethlehem), with a live Nativity scene. A special excursion to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is on the drawing board for the fall. A trip to Spaceport America will be available in the near future, Greer said. For this excursion, folks can take the Rail Runner from any point south to Belen, where they will be met by their guide

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and transported to the Spaceport by Follow the Sun deluxe motor coaches. Also in the planning stages, Greer said, are tours of three brew pubs in Albuquerque, Valencia County and Santa Fe. “While we have yet to run one of these trips, [the concept] has tested in research to be a very popular one.” Also in the hopper is a tour of the historic churches of the Río Grande, “a series that each month would have another community in rotation represented. The casual traveler can do any part of it, but the aficionado will take a trip monthly to see new places,” Greer said. Greer pointed out that the Rail Runner tourism marketing plan covers Bernalillo, Sandoval, Santa Fe and Valencia counties and includes 15 partner organizations involving a variety of nonprofit, commercial and governmental elements throughout the Río Grande corridor. He noted that the Belen Main Street Partnership, which is the fiscal agent for Rail Runner Vacations, and its six collaborators are seeking a second grant of $8,000 from the state with a cooperative advertising funding request. “With that grant and income from the various trips, we’ll be able to tell our story to more people more often throughout New Mexico and beyond our borders.” Greer said. June-Aug 2013 | X PReSS

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