Apr 192012
 
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Railroad Days - photo courtesy Las Cruces CVB

Railroad Days - photo courtesy Las Cruces CVB

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Please join us for our fifth annual Railroad Days, April 20 & 21, 2012 (10-4 pm each day). All festivities celebrate Las Cruces' railroading past, present, and future. Throughout the two-day event, the Dona Ana Modular Railroad Club will have their model train layouts running and staff will be on hand to answer questions relating to railroading's rich history.

The Centennial Caboose will be on display for viewing as restoration efforts begin on this historic piece of rolling stock. In addition to the caboose, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad and the Union Pacific Railroad are bringing equipment that will be available for viewing (no rides) on Saturday. All of the railroad's rolling stock will only be available for viewing from 10 am to 4 pm on April 21.

Inside the museum, we will have Harvey Girl reenactors from the Railroad and Transportation Museum of El Paso and model trains running. Outside we will have Model A's, a Barbershop Quartet, vendors and education booths.

Prior to Saturday's big events; Friday, April 20, is Students' Day with special tours by appointment for groups and activities for the kids throughout the day.

The Museum is regularly open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 9 am to 4:30 pm. Event is free and open to the public. The Railroad Museum is located at 351 N. Mesilla Street (at Las Cruces Ave.). For information, please see http://museums.las-cruces.org or call 575-647-4480.

Nestled in the Mesilla Valley between the Rio Grande River and Organ Mountains, Las Cruces, New Mexico is quickly becoming a popular southwestern destination.  Visitors can experience 72 holes of spectacular year-round golf and world-class Mexican food.  Las Cruces blends a unique variety of special events, attractions, culture and historical sites, as well as superb weather, with 350 days of sunshine per year.  For more information on all Las Cruces has to offer, contact the Las Cruces Convention & Visitors Bureau at (575) 541-2150 or visit www.StaySunny.org.

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