Wheels Museum Auto Parts Swap Meet & Car Show

This event has been officially postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The 2nd annual Wheels Museum auto parts swap meet, car show, arts and crafts extravaganza will be held Sunday May 3, 2020, at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Park. Over 2000 people attended last year and we hope for a much bigger event this year.

This is our annual fundraiser. Please support us as we continue to work as volunteers to constantly improve the museum, the railyards, and the economics and culture of New Mexico

Admission is $5 to get into event and all proceeds benefit The Wheels Museum.


  • Grand Prize – One week timeshare in Sedona, Arizona
  • Jewelry
  • Art
  • Restaurant Meals
  • Automobile Items
  • $ 20 for 5 tickets. $ 5 for one ticket. Must be present to win. Drawings throughout the day.
  • Grand prize awarded at 2:30 pm

Promote Your Business – Rent a booth – $35

  • Auto Parts and Cars
  • Musical Instruments, CDS, Albums
  • Jewelry
  • Antiques
  • Hand Crafted Items
  • Everything from nuts but no soup
  • Booth setup available May 2 from 12-4. Security provided.

Show Off Your Car – $ 20

  • 12 division car show.
  • Trophies and Prizes awarded
  • Set up time – 8 am
  • Show time 9 am to 2 pm

Become a Sponsor for the Day

  • $ 1000 minimum
  • Businesses welcome
  • Includes 60 radio spots
  • Includes announcements from DJ – Day of Show
  • Signage on all Written Materials
  • Huge Booth Space and More
  • Two Free Passes to the Show

For more information:

Leba Freed (505) 243-6269, info@wheelsmuseum.org

Jim Glover at (505) 239-4543, jimglover34chevy@gmail.com

The Romance And History Of ‘Dining By Rail’

By Dan Polletta
ideastream January 8, 2020

Enjoying a gourmet meal in a well-appointed dining car was part of the allure of traveling by rail, but in the 1850s that elegant experience wasn’t afforded to train travelers. Instead, passengers either packed their own baskets of food or exited the train when it stopped at a depot to hurriedly gobble down often bad meals from less than reputable vendors. More >

The Alvarado Hotel

For well over a half century a traveler’s first impression of the American Southwest was through one of the many Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad stations and the associated hotel and restaurant operated by the Fred Harvey organization.

Here the eastern or midwestern traveler was drawn into the romantic world of the Spanish conquistador and equally unfamiliar world of the Pueblo and Navajo Indians.

Consultant offers 3 Rail Yards redevelopment scenarios

By Jessica Dyer / Journal Staff Writer
Tuesday, July 9th, 2019

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Leland Consulting Group’s most recent draft report to the city of Albuquerque says the ideal Rail Yards redevelopment strategy will include a mix of uses.

It provides three different development scenarios of varying levels of density, but notes that redevelopment will occur over many years, making it impossible to predict the exact mix that would work.

All scenarios call for “adaptive reuse” of buildings on the property’s north side, which the report calls the Rail Yards’ “front door.” Proposed uses include Central New Mexico Community College’s film center, the existing Rail Yards Market, and new retail, restaurant and commercial tenants.

Chicago artist Theaster Gates recently kickstarted an effort to redevelop one of those northern buildings – the fire station – by pledging $11,000 of his own money and helping raise another $14,000.

“It could be a calling card to the rest of the complex,” he said during a late-June presentation in Albuquerque.

Leland recommends 10,000 to 20,000 square feet of retail space in the Rail Yards over the next decade, and a focus on food and beverage tenants, vendors related to film or rail travel, existing area businesses looking to expand or “small, local vendors that build on the Rail Yards’ unique, historic and gritty character.”

Leland suggests using large existing buildings near the Rail Yards’ center – the Boiler Shop and the Machine Shop, which alone has nearly 4 acres of enclosed floor space – for things that would require less renovation, such as concerts, festivals and other special events; film productions; or sports, like soccer or pickleball.

But two of its scenarios suggest eventually constructing buildings within those buildings to create 110,000 to 200,000 square feet of employment space. Leland also says that is more space than likely needed over the next decade.

“There are numerous benefits to this approach,” the report says of keeping the large spaces intact. “It retains large ‘atrium’ areas for public visitation, events, etc. It manages the capital and operating costs, and energy required for space conditioning.”

The report’s various scenarios also include 65 to 160 mixed-income housing units near the Rail Yards’ southern end.

But Albuquerque officials cautioned last week that Leland’s draft report is “still very preliminary.”

“Gathering input from the Rail Yards Advisory Board and the public is part of the scope of the contractor’s work,” Albuquerque’s Chief Operations Officer Lawrence Rael said in a statement. “The recommendations will not be finalized without public input. However, even this preliminary information is important for the City to have as we consider the development of the Rail Yards.”

Film center could be ‘game changer’ for Rail Yards

By Jessica Dyer / Journal Staff Writer
Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 at 12:05am

A consultant hired to study the financial feasibility of redeveloping the Albuquerque Rail Yards called a planned community college film center a “game changer” – one that could “define the economic purpose of the site” in lieu of waiting for another potentially hard-to-find anchor.

Portland-based Leland Consulting Group called Central New Mexico Community College’s proposed Film Production Center of Excellence “an exciting and potentially transformative use” at the Rail Yards. The firm’s recent draft report to the city said officials should “do everything in their power” to ensure it comes to fruition.

Then & Now – The Albuquerque Depot

The Albuquerque depot that lead to the development of what Albuquerque is today is all due to the village of the original depot location and AT&SF could not agree on a land price. Back when the AT&SF inquired the village of Bernalillo about land the village was wanting $425.00 per acre, where as the railroad was accustomed to only paying about $2.00 per acre. So the AT&SF moved on from Bernalillo and went 10 miles to the south to build what is known today as the Albuquerque Depot in the heart of Albuquerque, NM.

Courtesy of TrainBoyz

Castañeda: Act II

Written by Maria Basileo
ROUTE Magazine

Steam rises in the distance as the Santa Fe railway train barrels into Las Vegas, New Mexico, and into the railway station. Passengers become onlookers as the train makes its stop near to the massive horseshoe-shaped building with the romantic sounding title “Castañeda Hotel” written on the front.

It was 1899, when the future president, Theodore Roosevelt and his Rough Riders, flooded Las Vegas for their first reunion. La Castañeda Hotel was only a year old, but would remain renowned for the next 120 years. More >

Environmental clean up at Rail Yards sheds light into historic past

By: Madeline Schmitt

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The long-anticipated transformation of the iconic Albuquerque Rail Yards is starting, but not before assuring the 100-year-old locomotive hub is safe for the public.
“Every time I walk out here, I can hear the old sounds,” Bart Faris said. “I can hear the people working and so forth. It really is kind of cool.”

Faris met up with KRQE News 13 on Friday at the Rail Yards. He’s a full-time environmental health manager for the City of Albuquerque and a part-time history buff. More >