It's time for a celebration of the glory days of a form of transportation that transformed the Wild West -- and our own home town -- at the seventh annual Las Cruces Railroad Days, today and Saturday. Today will be devoted to student tours, but the whole community is invited to join the fun from
Reenactors, tours, model railroads and visiting railroad historians from throughout the state will be among attractions at the event, which celebrates
Kids activities will also include some educational programs.
"We'll have some demonstrations to show kids the power of steam. We think of it as an old technology, but it's still being used today, in nuclear power plants, for instance. We'll have some people from the
The museum, housed in a restored 1910
In the model train room, three layouts include a hands-on layout designed and built by students during summer programs, a train table for small children and a large exhibit that focuses on railroading in the Southwest during the 1940s and 50s. The layout, which took two years to complete, include farms and mountains, a switching yard and a downtown area featuring some historic buildings. Also featured are display cases of model trains.
"We'll have a bunch of guys on hand to answer questions, show some models and hand out fliers about upcoming club events for those interested in model trains," said
No train rides will be available this year, Courts said, but tours of the museum's Centennial Caboose will be available. Built in the 1890s, the caboose is "believed to have worked the
The caboose was privately owned by a
Regular museum hours are
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