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Presidents Corner Jul 2012

July 29, 2012

Dear Friends,

WHEELS hosted its second train day in early May and we were thrilled to greet more than 1300 visitors to see the hundreds of model trains on display, and all the full size exhibits! We appreciate all the visiting model train clubs that joined us, and the fabulous Twisted Mojo band. And a huge thanks, as always to the board, fund raising committee and all the volunteers who are bringing WHEELS to life. 

The world’s fastest motorcycle was on view, a car show presented by the Rainbow Riders car club, and the gorgeous new model of the Alvarado Hotel created by Dan and Cheryl Keith, were special highlights. Everyone had a great time looking at the new BNSF Diesel locomotive on display and learning facts about railroading from our own Dave Elwood, retired AMTRAK locomotive engineer. We met and talked with people who had worked in the shops, Mr.Turpen, Mr. Harwell, -what a special treat that was.

Hundreds of children, including some dressed as Thomas the Train stood, mouths open, staring at the HO, O, N and garden gauge model trains in motion going around those bends. Yes, WHEELS has had many “bends” but mostly uphill. Please join our all volunteer effort as we steam ahead, saving and redeveloping the most important historic site in New Mexico. Please call 505-243-6269 to volunteer, or with any questions or ideas.


Leba Freed
President, The Wheels Museum Board


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.