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“Wheels to the Hub”

All Aboard!!   “Wheels to the Hub” for a Unique Fund-Raising Adventure

April 13, 2015

Fans of local railroad history are invited to take part in the first-ever “Wheels at the Hub” train ride from Albuquerque to Belen on Saturday, June 13. Besides the ride, this unique fund-raising event includes a visit at the historic Harvey House Museum in Belen, buffet meal, silent auction, and other attractions to benefit The Wheels Museum in the Albuquerque Rail Yards.

Guests will board the New Mexico Rail Runner at 12:12 p.m. on June 13 for the 40-minute trip to Belen, once known as “The Hub City” because of a major rail junction on the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. In Belen, they will be hosted by the famous Harvey House & Museum. Built in 1910, it was the 86th restaurant in the chain of railroad restaurants operated by Fred Harvey, and is one of the few Harvey House facilities still standing in New Mexico.

Activities at the event run from appetites to arts; a barbecue buffet with deserts made from the original Fred Harvey recipes; tours of the historical exhibits, a visit to the nearby “Doodle Bug” railroad engine, an art show by the Belen Art League, displays by artist Judy Chicago, a performance by the Mansion Players, and a silent auction to benefit the Wheels Museum. A no-host bar will also be available. The Rail Runner will depart for Albuquerque at 5:49 pm.

The Wheels Museum tells the story of the different means of transportation people have used over the centuries to come to and through this area. Located in the 100-year old railroad Storehouse Building at 1100 2nd Street NW, its exhibits range from Spanish carretas to classic cars and trucks, artwork and original posters and of course, model trains and authentic railroad equipment.

Tickets are currently on sale for $100 each, and $35 for children ages 12 and under. Price includes the round-trip ride on the Rail Runner, buffet, admission to the Harvey House Museum and a one year family membership in WHEELS. Don’t miss this unique combination of adventure, education, and support of a local historic and educational opportunity. For reservations, call 243-6269. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Also, visit Wheels Transportation Museum on FaceBook and www.wheelsmuseum.org.

Events

New Lego exhibit at the Wheels Museum. View The New Mexico Lego Users Group has
partnered with WHEELS to have a beautiful Lego Train layout for children of all ages to enjoy. The exhibit will vary from season to season and we invite you to come see this new Lego train exhibit.

January 8, 15, 22, 29 – Sunday morning admission free from 9 am-1 pm at the Albuquerque Museum and the City’s International Balloon Museum.

Do you have a few hours each month to help the Wheels Museum? Volunteers are needed so the Museum can be open more; run the model railroad trains, also help needed with events, marketing, fund raising. Call Leba Freed at (505) 243-6269.

Febuary 16, 11 am. Bob Bovee Long Steel Rails concert. This program for all ages presents songs and stories about the famous trains, rail workers, hobos, train wrecks and train robbers. Call or email Leba Freed for reservations at (505) 243-6269 or leba4@aol.com.

March 17, Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at WHEELS. Movie, tours, train ride and food celebration.

April 1, 1 pm. Doug Figgs and Badger. Back by popular demand. By reservations only (505) 243- 6269. Doug’s show was sold out last year, so call early! Donation: $10.00.

April 8, 11 am. “Historic Albuquerque” Ronn Perea will present old Albuquerque anecdotes including delightful stories about our beloved Alvarado Hotel and the politicians, actors and entertainers who stayed there. This is a free event but, of course, donations are always appreciated.

April 22, Wheels Museum Day trip to Rancho De Chimayo Restaurante, El Santuario de Chimayo and the Santa Fe Plaza. Call Leba or Janet at (505) 243-6269 for more information. The museum is a 501C3 non-profit community organization whose mission is to create a transportation museum at the downtown Albuquerque Steam Locomotive Repair Shops.

May 19-May 23, Train trip to the Grand Canyon. Only a few spaces left.Scheduled through Amtrak Vacations, call Leba or Janet at (505) 243-6269 for reservations and more information.