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WHEELS First Fund-Raiser a Big Success
‘World Center’ Envisioned
Pact Signed for Railroad Shops
Train Yard Deal Near
Rail-yard center, Wheels aim to be open in 3 years
Extension Granted On Rail Yard
Steam engine in Coronado Park is set to be displayed in proposed
Wheels museum
Good Times Rolled Out at Museum
Wheels Museum Rolls Forward
Locomotive Waits for Home To Be Ready
Railway investigates contaminated groundwater at fueling station
Retired Locomotive to Move to Restoration Site
Wheels Museum on Track With Artifact Donations, Fund-Raising
Wheels Donors on a Roll
Amtrak to Ditch Depot Use
Wheels Museum Gets $545,000
Barelas hub still on track, developer says
Financing Delays Railyards Redevelopment
Conning the Rubes In River City
Save Albuquerque History
Disagreements Forced Three Off Urban Board
Rail Plan Under Fire
Historic Protection Of Buildings Stalled
Rail Yard Could Be a Movie Set
Albuquerque’s historic railside districts
Developer Sues for Control of City Rail Yard
Arena and more at the old Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad
Rail Yard Rebirth
Superfund site gets contractor
Bill Would Have City Buy Santa Fe Railyard Land
Railyards May Become Film Studio
Wheels Says No Thanks to Railroad’s Dirt Offer
Gov. Hops a Train for Bernalillo
Albuquerque to see commuter rail by summer 2005
Gov. Puts Commuter Train Service on the Fast Track
$50 Million Digital Media Production Complex To Be Built at Old Rail Yard
Proposed railyard film studio land is mired in lawsuits
Preserving heritage of Barelas sparks movie studio opposition
All Aboard
Annual Wheels Museum Gala ‘Kick up Your Wheels’
McCune takes over HDIC, new executives take developer’s reins
Railyard near Barelas loses media shop
Studio forsakes railyard, shops Mesa del Sol
Building-Project Funds Likely To Shrink in 2008
Train Gang aids in restoring AT&SF; steam engine
Negotiations to buy rail yards pick up steam
Developers Say the Empty Rail Yard Is a Perfect Place to Build Wind Towers
Experts to Review Options for Old Rail Yards
Museum’s realization gains steam
Wheels Museum coming to Albuquerque’s Railyards

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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.

Saturday, September 30 and Sunday October 1, 2023. One of the nation’s largest operating steam locomotives, former Santa Fe 2926, will be on the move and park next to the Albuquerque Rail Yards on Saturday, September 30 through Sunday, October 1. WHEELS will have a booth at the site. Please come and visit us. For more information go to: www.2926.us

Saturday, October 21 2-4 pm. “The Great Wheels Museum Train Robbery!” Dr. Ronald Lah of the Wheels Museum with a group of local history reenactors will present the program. It will include:
Screening with discussion of the 1903 film, “The Great Train Robbery,” and the “Lawmen Train Cars” that were developed for rapid deployment after a robbery.

Discussion of the historic Socorro and San Marcia, New Mexico train robberies, and the accuracy of train robbery depictions in movies like “Butch Cassidy and the Sun Dance Kid.”

Reenactment of an Old West train robbery staged in and around the Wheels Museum’s train coach car.

Donors to the Wheels Museum Fundraiser are encouraged to take a seat in the train coach and present your donation when the "Train Robbers" go through the car. Visitors are encouraged to wear some period style Old West apparel like bowler and feathered hats and bonnets, pin-stipes, vests, and boots.

Only non-functional firearm props will be used in the re-enactment. Admission is Free: Donations gratefully accepted. Phone: (505) 243-6269 to RSVP.

Saturday, October 28, 2-4 pm. Headset Dance Party. Dance wearing headsets to a great variety of musical choices. Admission Free, but donations are gratefully accepted.

Saturday, November 4, 11 am. “A History of Albuquerque Comedy or How I Got My Kicks on
Route 66.”
Ronn Perea. Ron's presentation will give you a unique insight into a part of Albuquerque
Culture and we promise you that you will laugh out loud throughout his talk. Admission is Free: Donations gratefully accepted. Phone: (505) 243-6269 to RSVP.

Saturday, November 4, 2 pm. "Albuquerque History Challenge: Education and Fun" Roland Pentilla is an Albuquerque historian who frequently conducts downtown walking tours on behalf of the
Albuquerque Historical Society and Historic Albuquerque, Inc. Come to experience our own “Jeopardy” version of Albuquerque history complete with raffle prizes for the correct answers. Admission is Free: Donations gratefully accepted. Phone: (505) 243-6269 to RSVP.

Saturday, November 25, 10 am. “Walter steps up to the plate”. Author Sue Houser discusses her book about twelve-year-old Walter wants to spend the summer of 1927 watching his beloved Chicago Cubs play baseball. Instead,Walter must leave everything he knows and loves to accompany his mother to Albuquerque, New Mexico, a place he has never been to live with relatives he has never met. Admission is Free: Donations gratefully accepted. Phone: (505) 243-6269 to RSVP.

Railyard Worker Commemorative Plaques. Honor a loved one who worked on the railroad, honor a WHEELS volunteer or honor the WHEELS Museum. WHEELS is now selling plaques with name plates for $100.00 per name.  Keep the memory of these people alive in perpetuity with a gorgeous wooden plaque with brass name plate. Thank those who made our city and state successful, built the railroad, continue to work to preserve our history and create our future. The plaques will be displayed in the Community Room at WHEELS.

Contact Paulette Miller Weir who is graciously supporting the project and has volunteered to orchestrate this work. Her phone number is (505) 227-3270.  Please send checks for $100.00 per name and a few other words such as dates of birth or death or job held to WHEELS Museum, PO Box 95438 Albuquerque, NM 97199 or contact Ms. Miller Weir for any questions.  We can also accept credit cars payment by calling WHEELS-6269.