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National Train Day 2014 Was a Huge Success!


The Rio Metro Regional Transit District would like to extend a big THANK YOU to everyone who helped make National Train Day 2014 a huge success. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our volunteers, community partners and local businesses, more than 5,000 attendees enjoyed an afternoon of family fun.

The event, which took place on May 10, included mini train rides, bluegrass music, model railroad displays, train tours, transportation and safety exhibits, and more. This is the fourth year that Rio Metro has presented National Train Day in Albuquerque.  Each year the event continues to grow thanks to the efforts of so many individuals and organizations that work collaboratively to make National Train Day a safe and fun family event.

 National Train Day 2014

2014 Event Info

Saturday, May 10, 2014

1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Alvarado Transportation Center
100 1st Street SW
Albuquerque, NM  87102

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Things to Do

From train tours to model train displays to a  rock climbing wall, there's plenty to keep everyone entertained.  Activities will take place from 1-5 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Schedule of Events

1:00 p.m. - Event Starts, Exhibits and Activities Open
1:00 - 1:45 p.m. - Kick-Off Concert with Pawn Drive
1:45 - 2:00 p.m. - Welcoming Remarks: Dewey Cave, MRCOG Executive Director
2:00 - 5:00 p.m. - Mini Train Rides

Especially for Kids & Familiestrain-day-child-small2

Kids and families will enjoy several FREE activities including:

  • Meet the new Rail Runner Mascot!
  • Interactive Train Displays by the Santa Fe Children's Museum
  • Chuggington Kids Depot by Amtrak
  • Interactive Percussion Musical Instruments with Drumfest
  • Face Painting with Jingles the Clown
  • Mini Train Rides by A Ton of Fun from 2-5 p.m.
  • Hands-on Activities with Explora
  • Rock Climbing Wall provided by City of Albuquerque Parks & Recreation
  • View the Sun with Solar Telescopes provided by The Albuquerque Astronomical Society
  • Event Passport (see below)

Train Tours

Tour the inside of the following trains:

  • NM Rail Runner Expresstrain-day-climbing-small
  • BNSF Exhibit Train
  • Amtrak 

Model Train Displays

Model trains will be on display in the following areas:

  • At the Wheels Museum
  • Outside of the Alvarado Transportation Center
  • Inside the Alvarado Transportation Center on the seond floor

Trip Planning and Other Information

Learn about transportation, tourism and train safety from organizations including:

  • Rio Metro Regional Transit District
  • Rio Metro Valencia
  • Santa Fe Trails
  • North Central Regional Transit District
  • NM Rail Runner Express
  • Operation Lifesaver

And There's More!

  • Food Vendors - Come hungry!  Great food from local vendors will be available for purchase during the event.
  • Raffle Prizes - Great prizes will be raffled off every hour.  No purchase necessary!
  • Visit our Smart Business Partners - Make sure to stop by and learn about these great businesses.
  • Bluegrass Music with Pawn Drive - Don't miss live bluegrass music with Pawn Drive from 1-1:45 p.m.
  • Free Shuttles To and From the Wheels Museum - Make a visit to the Wheels Museum part of your day.

Event Passport & Map

Make sure to pick up a copy of the 2014 National Train Day event passport. They can be found at the information table as well as in holders on the A-frame signs located throughout the event. Visit the eight stops listed in the passport and bring it back to the inforamation table for a special prize! The passport also doubles as an event map. Prizes available while supplies last.

pdfDownload printable map in PDF format

Getting There

Take the Rail Runnertrain-day-line-small

Catch the Rail Runner and exit at the Downtown Albuquerque station.  The train will drop you off right at the event.  Regular fares apply to taking the train; children 9 and under are always ride free.

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Driving & Parking

The event takes place at the Alvarado Transportation Center in downtown Albuquerque, 100 1st Street SW.  Paid parking is available in the structure located on Second Street just south of Gold Ave., or at metered spaces throughout downtown.

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Parking is also availabe at the Wheels Museum.  Free shuttles will be running between the Wheels Museum and the Alvarado Transportation Center.

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