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Features
14 Find a date, romance and true love
on the WEDDING TRAIN
20 NIGHT TRAIN: From face washed
to wheels checked
22 When it comes to MAGIc AND
MysTERy, trains are film favorites
30 There’s railroad lore a-plenty in
Valencia county
in every issue
06 Welcome
08 Fares
10 Weekday schedules
12 Readers, riders write
13 Weekend schedules
18 Route map and connections
24 crossword puzzle (answers page 34)
31 Events calendar
34 All Aboard
Jay Faught
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READ ALL ABOUT I T ON BOARD THE RAI L RUNNER EXPRESS
ERNIE MONTOYA
RAIL RUNNER: A ROLLING ASSET
FOR TODAY’S MOBILE PUBLIC
Imagine what it means to take more than 185 million vehicle miles off of some of our busiest roadways in Central New Mexico. That’s
exactly what the New Mexico Rail Runner Express has done since beginning operations nearly six-years ago. That means far less pollution,
far fewer vehicle accidents, and on top of that – our roads will have a longer life when it comes to day-to-day wear and tear.
This is just one of the many benefits of having a commuter rail system run right through the heart of the Rio Grande Valley – an
area where approximately 50 percent of the state’s population resides. And while we are continually reminded that “rarely does a public
transportation system in the world make money,” we’re starting to see that there is a bigger, more global measuring stick with which we can
measure the Rail Runner’s success. For instance, take a look at the following statistics.
In the nearly six years since the Rail Runner started, it has carried:
• More than 5.5 million passengers
• More than 190,000 bicyclists
• More than 29,000 passengers needing assistance.
Since the Rail Runner began operating in July of 2006, there have been significant increases in bus service in all four counties served by
the rail line, as well as current and planned road improvements, enabling commuters to reach destinations throughout the region. There are
connections between Rail Runner stations and various work and commerce centers including Downtown Albuquerque, Downtown Santa
Fe, the Sunport, Southern Rio Rancho, the North and South Valleys of Bernalillo County, Journal Center, Intel and the campuses of the
University of New Mexico and Central New Mexico Community College.
Investing in an improved public transportation system today is an essential part of providing a functional and sustainable transportation
system for the residents and businesses of central New Mexico. The Rail Runner is the most strategic element in this system because it
provides the connection between the various communities and cities throughout the corridor.
Augusta Meyers
Communications Manager
Mid-Region Council of Governments
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Step 1: Count the number of zones
Count the number of zones through which you will travel.
Step 2: Pick the type of fare you need
Do you want a one-way ticket, a day pass, or a monthly or
annual pass? Are you eligible for a reduced fare?
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º Studeuts with a va|id studeut l0
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- An NM Motor Vehicle Department notification
- A letter from doctor indicating the disability (with exp. date)
- An ABQ RIDE Honored Citizen Card
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Los Lunas
South Capitol
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Downtown
Albuquerque
Bernalillo Co.
Isleta Pueblo
Los Ranchos
Journal Center
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FULL FARE
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2 zones $3 $4 $55 $550
3 zones $5 $6 $72 $715
4 zones $8 $9 $105 $1045
5 zones $9 $10 $110 $1100
6 zones $10 $11 $121 $1210
REDUCED FARE
day monthly annual
one-way pass pass pass
1 zone $1 $2 $19 $187
2 zones $1 $2 $28 $275
3 zones $2 $3 $36 $352
4 zones $4 $6 $52 $517
5 zones $4 $7 $55 $550
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and other unique stores, have a great
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experience live performances,
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163rd year, No. 37
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Past andFuture
Southwest Seminars lecture by Stephen
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PAGE A-12
Obituaries
Robert F. “Bob” Bailey Jr., Feb. 2
ElizabethS. Estes, Feb. 1
PAGE A-10
CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE PROFILES DISTRICT 1
North-sideincumbent
facesyoungchallenger
City Councilor Patti Bushee, the city’s longest-serving
councilor, is seeking her fifth term in District 1 on March 6.
LUIS SÁNCHEZ SATURNO/THE NEW MEXICAN
Patti Bushee
Age: 52
Education: Bachelor’s degree
in international affairs from
the University of Maine; stud-
ied international economics
at George Washington Univer-
sity; studied for a year in Spain
at La Universidad de Sevilla.
Occupation: Owns a land-
scaping company.
Experience: City councilor
since 1994; chairs the city
Bicycle and Trails Advisory
Committee; serves on the
Finance Committee, Pub-
lic Utilities Committee and
Regional Planning Authority;
former employee of the State
Engineer’s Office.
Personal: Born in Stoneham,
Mass.; moved to Santa Fe
about three decades ago years
ago from Maine; lives in the
Barrio de Torreon neighbor-
hood.
Campaign info: Publicly
financed campaign;
http://pattibushee.com.
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COMINGUP
This is the second in a series of
profiles of candidates for the Santa
Fe City Council in the March 6 city
election:
◆ Sunday: District 3 (southwest)
◆ Monday: District 1 (north)
◆Tuesday: District 2 (southeast)
◆ Wednesday: District 4
(south-central)
City Council
districts
Houston Johansen, 25, speaks with Janet Lowe, a District 1
resident, while gathering signatures in November.
JANE PHILLIPS/THE NEW MEXICAN
Age: 25
Education: 2005 Santa Fe
Preparatory School graduate;
bachelor’s degree in political
science from Creighton
University.
Occupation: Intern at
Santa Fe Innovation Park.
Experience: Serves on the
board of Earth Care Interna-
tional; opened One World
Coffee at age 19 and worked
for a year as manager;
interned for Bill Hume,
former Gov. Bill Richardson’s
water-policy adviser; worked
on President Barack Obama’s
campaign in Omaha, Neb., and
worked at a law office there.
Personal: Born and raised in
Santa Fe, returned to the city
after college; rents a house
with a friend in the St. Cathe-
rine’s neighborhood.
Campaign info: Privately
financed campaign with
$6,866 in contributions;
www.houstonforsantafe.com.
HoustonJohansen
D
istrict 1 geographically is
the largest of the four Santa
Fe City Council districts,
covering the area north of
the Santa Fe River, as well as some
west-side neighborhoods south of the
river. Thanks to redistricting last sum-
mer, the western end of the district
now dips all the way to Osage Avenue,
northwest of Cerrillos Road.
The territory includes mansions on
the northeast as well as small, old-fam-
ily homes in less-affluent barrios, and
a chunk of mostly undeveloped city
land northwest of the downtown area.
Census data showthat it’s the district
with the fewest children and the high-
est percentage of Anglos.
The city’s longest-serving coun-
cilor, Patti Bushee, is facing a chal-
lenge fromthe youngest candidate
of 10 seeking election to the council
this year. Houston Johansen recently
returned to the city, where he was
born and raised, after completing col-
lege in Nebraska. He says he is living
off savings and devoting his full atten-
tion to overthrowing the incumbent.
Bushee, who had said in 2008 that
she would likely not run for office
again, said recently that nowis not the
time for her opponent to get “on-the-
job training” as a councilor. If she is
re-elected, it would be her fifth elected
term, since she was appointed to the
council in 1994.
Each of the four council districts
has two representatives, elected to
staggered four-year terms. The other
councilor in District 1 is Chris Calvert,
a United States Postal Service carrier.
He is serving his second term.
See profiles on Page A-5
SUPER BOWL XLVI
The other Manning one-ups
Brady, Patriots —again
Quarterback Eli Manning leads Giants to second thrilling Super Bowl
victory over New England, 21-17, in Indianapolis. SPORTS, B-1
State official touts potential
of military retirees to bring
NewMexico money, expertise
By Kate Nash
The NewMexican
When he left work at Kirtland Air Force
Base in 1983, Dave Coulie, a retired Air Force
captain, thought about moving to a state that
doesn’t tax military retirement pay like New
Mexico does.
Coulie ended up with a lucrative second
career at Honeywell, and stayed.
But many veterans like him have moved to
states that don’t tax the paychecks of military
retirees.
Now, Coulie is behind an effort to get those
like him to stay, and to do away with the tax
on veterans’ retirement pay.
Measures introduced in the House and
Senate this session would give veterans a
25 percent tax exemption on their military
retirement pay in 2013. The amount of the
exemption would rise to 50 percent in 2014, to
75 percent in 2015 and be 100 percent in 2016.
The exemption is capped at $1,000.
Sixteen other states offer 100 percent tax
exemptions for military retirees. Nine states
have no income tax.
That means New Mexico is pretty far down
on the list when many veterans think of where
they will retire, Coulie said.
“It’s just phenomenal, the potential our state
2012 LEGISLATURE
Tax cut on
retirement
pay aims to
keep vets
in state
Please see TAX, Page A-6
By Lindsey Tanner
The Associated Press
CHICAGO — Texting while
driving, speeding and back-seat
hanky-panky aren’t all that par-
ents need to worry about when
their kids are in cars: Add sec-
ondhand smoke to the list.
In the first national estimate
of its kind, a report from govern-
ment researchers says more than
1 in 5 high school students and
middle-schoolers ride in cars
while others are smoking.
This kind of secondhand smoke
exposure has been linked with
breathing problems and allergy
symptoms, and more restric-
tions are needed to prevent it,
the report says. With widespread
crackdowns on smoking in
public, private places including
homes and cars are where people
encounter secondhand smoke
these days. Anti-smoking advo-
Another risk for kids in
cars: Secondhand smoke
Please see SMOKE, Page A-6
By RichardMauer
McClatchy Newspapers
ANCHORAGE, Alaska —
Once Roy Ahmaogak decided
to report three gray whales
trapped in the ice near Bar-
rowrather than leave them to
their natural fate, it was prob-
ably inevitable that their story
would wind up in Hollywood.
What’s amazing is that it took
23 years for a film to be made.
Big Miracle, which opened
over the weekend, is loosely
based on the 1988 rescue
effort in Barrow, which bought
together a motley crew of res-
cuers: Greenpeace, the oil giant
Arco, Ted Stevens, the Soviets,
the U.S. military, a chain-saw
distributor, a guitar-playing
whale-song singer, a couple of
Minnesota ice fishermen and,
The real ‘miracle’ of
Barrowwhale rescue
Please see MIRACLE, Page A-4
A California gray whale surfaces near rescuers in
Alaska in October 1988. The event helped spawn
the movie Big Miracle. BILL ROTH/ANCHORAGE DAILY NEWS
Ranch museumsays city is too close for comfort Page A-10
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New Mexico
Rail Runner
Express
Reading The Schedule
1. Decide whether you are going
north (at top) or south (at bottom).
2. On the left-hand side, find the station
from which you are leaving.
3. Read across to find the times the
Rail Runner departs from that station.
4. From there, read down to find what
time the Rail Runner will arrive at the
station to which you are traveling.
#500 Purple:
Use bus stop on 1st street at Alvarado Transit Center
#505 B:
Use bus bay “N”
Legend
Downtown ABQ
Effective May 21, 2012
WEEKDAY SCHEDULE
Please note: schedule subject to change. Check website for latest schedule information.
866-795-RAIL (7245) www.nmrailrunner.com
Customer Service Hours: Mon.-Fri. 5am-8pm ‡ Sat. & Sun. 9am-5pm
Rio Metro Regional Transit District is committed to its Title VI obligations. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color or national origin in the delivery of service.
To obtain more information on our nondiscrimination obligations or to file a Title VI complaint, contact us at 809 Copper Avenue NW, ABQ, NM 87102.
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TRAI N OF THOUGHT
Letters from the rail line
A RIDE THAT RELIEVES
I think the Rail Runner is one of the best things to ever happen in
New Mexico. I ride the train about every 2 to 3 months from the
Bernalillo County stop in the South Valley to the State Archives
and State Library in Santa Fe to do research for my book. The entire
round trip is clean, relaxing and quiet. (Thanks for designating a
“quiet” car.)
I’ve met many people who work or go to school in Albuquerque
and ride up from the south — and many who work in Santa Fe and
ride from Albuquerque north in the mornings, and make the return
trip at the end of their day.
It is a real pleasure not dealing with traffic when riding the train.
Also, parking in Santa Fe can be frustrating, so using the bus and the
Santa Fe Pickup is a plus.
Years ago, I made almost daily car trips from Albuquerque to
Santa Fe and Las Vegas, N.M. It was brutal. Driving back was very
tiring. Now my return trip on the Rail Runner is relaxing and I can
even take a nap. Aside from the ease of commuting, I’m sure the
impact of the Rail Runner on the environment is significant from
less automobile pollution. Hopefully, the Rail Runner network and
schedule will expand in the future.
Thanks for making my life a little more stress-free.
CHARLIE ZDRAVESKY
ALBUQUERQUE
FAMILY VISITS A BREEZE
I have for years driven from Pojoaque to Albuquerque to pick up
my grandchildren so they can come visit me at my home. It takes me
about 4 hours (with no traffic delays) to pick up my “kiddoes.” This
costs me, in gas, about $25 each time. Then I do it all over again to
take them back home.
Now … I just drive to Santa Fe depot and pick them up, and drop
them off there to go back home. For $3 each way. The children love
it. It is safe for them. I never worry about them during their ride.
The staff is very friendly and helpful. And, I can go see them more
often by taking the Rail Runner.
Thank you, Rail Runner. You have made this grandmother’s life a
lot easier!
LAUREL VALENTINE
SANTA FE
THE JOY OF TRAINS
I love the Rail Runner. As soon as I see the train approaching, I
become an excited little girl with an adventure in her immediate
future!
When company comes in from out of town, the Rail Runner is
my first choice for entertaining my guests.
We board in downtown Albuquerque on our way to Santa Fe.
We can visit as we glide through the countryside, and when we
arrive in Santa Fe we are ready for a bit of walking and sightseeing. I
can introduce my out-of-state friends to the Land of Enchantment
in a very relaxed manner — one that gives us plenty of options in
things to see.
I lived in Los Angeles for 25 years and was an avid fan of the
Metrolink. Now we have the Rail Runner here. I am proud of this
bit of mass transit that connects New Mexicans and allows us to be
neighbors because the stress of commuting is gone.
New Yorkers may have the subway and Chicagoans the Elevated,
but I think we are immensely lucky to have the Rail Runner.
IREYNE B. DUNCAN
ALBUQUERQUE
A POETIC TRIBUTE
(with a nod to Chattanooga Choo-Choo)
Pardon me, Amigo — is this the Rail Runner station?
I’ve got my fare; I bought my ticket online.
It’s Saturday, and Farmer’s Market’s at the Depot ...
in Santa Fe. All of their produce is fine.
We leave Belen, head north and get a glimpse of the Rio.
Read a magazine and then we’re in Bernalillo.
Folks are wavin’ bye bye, I log onto WiFi,
Beep beep, Kewa Station, here we are.
There’s going to be a lot of shuttles at the Depot.
Headed for the Plaza? They’re your free ride.
Poke around the Railyard, restaurants are great, pard.
And the shops display their wares with pride.
This day has been fun, but now it’s time to catch the Southbound.
As we depart, I hear the whistle’s sad wail.
While I relax and watch the sun set,
I’m dreaming of my next ride on the rails.
KATHY BARCO
ALBUQUERQUE
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WEEKEND SCHEDULE
Please note: schedule subject to change. Check website for latest schedule information.
866-795-RAIL (7245) www.nmrailrunner.com
Customer Service Hours: Mon.-Fri. 5am-8pm ‡ Sat. & Sun. 9am-5pm
Rio Metro Regional Transit District is committed to its Title VI obligations. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color or national origin in the delivery of service.
To obtain more information on our nondiscrimination obligations or to file a Title VI complaint, contact us at 809 Copper Avenue NW, ABQ, NM 87102.
READ DOWN
TRAIN STATIONS
Belen
Los Lunas
Isleta Pueblo
Bernalillo County
Downtown ABQ
Los Ranchos / JC
Sandia Pueblo
Downtown Bernalillo
Sandoval / US 550
Kewa
SF County / NM 599
South Capitol
Santa Fe Depot
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Effective May 21, 2012
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BY DENNIS J. CARROLL
It would be hard for newlyweds Tina and Mathew
Pierson to have more in common than they do, unless
maybe they’d bumped into each other in a past life
somewhere.
The Albuquerque couple are both from small towns in the Midwest,
Tina from Decatur, Ill., and Mathew from Fayette, Mo. They each
have an 18-year-old son, Miles and Tyler, respectively. Both have
a dog — Tina’s Mae and Mathew’s Hansum. They also are hooked
on long-distance running, hiking and camping, and share common
personal and life values — and a real love of train travel.
Well, not so much for Tina. That is, until Mathew introduced her
to the Rail Runner Express for their second date.
The two first connected via the online service match.com. Their
first in-person meeting took place July 28, 2010 over appetizers at
the Horse and Angel tavern in Albuquerque — just to make sure
one or the other didn’t have two heads or an attached invisible twin
or something.
Mathew then called Tina, a planning analyst with University of
New Mexico Hospital, the next day and suggested a trip to Santa Fe.
“We decided to have another date and that happened to be a day
up in Santa Fe via the Rail Runner from here,” said Mathew, who is
a manufacturing supervisor at Intel. “We thought it would be a great
opportunity to have uninterrupted conversation and not have to
concentrate on driving. Just getting to know each other on the train
and walking around the Plaza.”
Despite it being a rainy day that July 31, the two said they
had so much fun that they ended up taking a later train back to
Albuquerque than they had planned. “It was raining, we were
underneath the (Ore House) portal.... It was really just a lot of fun,”
Mathew confided.
Well, by now, you can probably see where this is going. Tina and
Mathew made other dating trips to Santa Fe on the Rail Runner,
and somewhere along the way... drum roll, please ... they fell in love
and decided to get married. After all, they had so much in common.
It was on one such rail trip to Santa Fe that they discovered what
they considered the perfect place for their nuptial reception: the
Milagro extension of the Ore House, whose Plaza portal had kept
the rain off that first date.
With its gas lights and two-story atrium with a tree in the middle,
“it kind of looked like New Orleans,” Tina said. “And that’s where
we planned to go on our honeymoon.”
With that settled, the next question centered around where the
wedding would be and how to get the guests up to Santa Fe and to
the Milagro for the reception.
And, “We said, why don’t we just get married on the train if
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that’s possible, and everybody will be en route up to the reception
already?” Mathew said.
A few phone calls later, arrangements were made with rail
officials. The top half of the southernmost car of a late-afternoon
Santa Fe-bound train on February 29 was reserved for the bride,
the bridegroom and about 35 guests — all dressed either in Victorian
attire or flashier outfits from the 1920s.
“Everybody dressed in something from another time,” said Tina.
“It was about romance and times when people dressed up to travel
(on trains) a lot more. We wanted it to be something memorable and
fun for people to do.”
The guests and bridegroom boarded at the downtown
Albuquerque station. Mathew was decked out in a custom-made
Western-era wedding suit, complete with tailcoat and fedora. In
lieu of a march down a church aisle, the bride — parasol in hand
and dressed in an ivory lace and satin Victorian gown and ostrich-
feather hat — boarded with her flower girl at the next northbound
stop, the Los Ranchos station.
The couple sat opposite each other, with the bride’s guests sitting
behind the bridegroom so they could see Tina, and Mathew’s family
and friends behind Tina, facing the bridegroom. A friend of Tina’s,
Eddie Tafoya, an “ordained comedian” and professor at Highlands
University in Las Vegas, N.M., performed the ceremony standing in
the aisle.
The whole wedding-train experience, tagged by the couple as
“Our Love’s Journey,” was wrapped in whiffs of nostalgia laced with
blooming boughs of romance.
Guests snacked on Cracker Jacks and sipped apple cider as the
train rumbled toward the capital city. Love songs crooned from a
compilation CD that also featured train tunes — including Judy
Garland singing “On the Atchison Topeka and the Santa Fe,” from
the 1946 movie The Harvey Girls, much of which was filmed in Las
Vegas, N.M.
Once at the Santa Fe Depot, guests caught a shuttle to the
Milagro a few blocks away, and the newlyweds climbed into a
horse-drawn carriage for the trip. A few guests took the train back
to Albuquerque after the reception, but the bridal couple and
others stayed overnight, cruising the Plaza the next day before
heading back.
The rail wedding “was just very memorable for us,” Tina said, “and
for both us and our guests it was unique.”
Rail Runner spokesman Jay Faught said those interested in a Rail
Runner wedding should call the customer service number at 505-
866-795 (RAIL) for information. Costs vary, but reserving part of a
car on an existing train, as the Piersons did, runs about $2,000 for the
day. If a couple wants an entire, three-car train, they are looking at
$2,000 an hour.
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Rail Runner Express Train 518, inbound from Belen,
pulled up to the downtown Albuquerque station just
as the sun was going out and the lights of Albuquerque
were popping on.
In a few minutes, engineer Travis Atwell’s train would be switched
to service track No. 3 and slowly, almost silently, No. 518 would
creep into the nearby railyard for its nightly servicing. The glint of a
setting sun off the cars cast a soft silver glow across the area.
Atwell’s train was the first of six desert leviathans to show up at
the railyard on a recent clear, balmy evening. Over the next few
hours, five more Rail Runners would pull into the yard — as they do
every evening — for their nightly maintenance and inspections.
“It starts out slow, and the next thing you know there are trains
backed up all the way out there and things are moving,” said
Anthony Ruiz, transportation manager for Herzog Transit Services,
which operates the Rail Runner Express for the Rio Metro Regional
Transit District. “Between 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. things are moving fast ....
Trains are moving every which way possible.”
Before moving from the station into the yard, Train 518’s engineer,
conductor and ticket agent conduct a sweep of the train.
“They do a security (check), making sure that no one left any
suspicious packages on the train, that there aren’t people trying to
sneak into the yard or asleep on the train,” Ruiz said.
The lion’s share of the servicing is done under a canopy on Track
3. Sort of a Jiffy Lube for trains.
Yard workers, this evening led by Kendrick Gaines, seem to
appear suddenly from nowhere, descending on 518 like an army
of worker ants. Some push trash barrels. Others bear brooms
and mops, water buckets, assorted tools and other maintenance
equipment.
“While one guy is washing the windows and nose of the
locomotive the other guy is oiling or dumping something,” Ruiz
said. “There are so many things going on.”
Each train gets its turn under the canopy before being parked
on an adjacent track for more intense scrutiny or a scheduled
maintenance.
Under the canopy, Kendrick oversees the work as maintenance
crews crawl under the cars inspecting brakes, walk through the
coaches cleaning seats and picking up trash, and ascend the sides of
the cars on hydraulic lifts to clean or service windows and anything
that’s not like it’s supposed to be.
Upon finding, say, a burned-out light bulb, a worker would trek
back to the equipment shed, and bring a new one back to the train.
A pit underneath the canopy and jacks allow crews to do heavy
repairs such as changing out wheels and wheel mounts, which most
often occurs during the day.
During the course of the night, as one train is being serviced
under the Track 3 canopy, other trains, ending their day’s journeys
along the 96.7-mile Belen to Santa Fe line, creep into the yard.
To prevent trains from running into each other or worse yet,
maintenance workers, “derail switches” with flashing solar blue lights
are attached to the tracks at key points. Hitting the switch would
bump the engine off the track ensuring there are no collisions. As
the trains move through the service line, the derail switches are
disengaged and then set again. The switches also prevent unattended
cars and engines from rolling into a work area.
“For the sake of safety, we are willing to derail a piece of
equipment as opposed to crushing someone between two couplers,”
Ruiz said.
Also to protect the workers, each is cleared upon entering or
leaving the service areas. And before a train is allowed to move
during or after servicing, Kendrick checks worker locations and
issues an all clear to the engineers via radio.
“It’s important for everybody to know where everybody’s at,
because all it takes is for one person to be in the wrong place at
the wrong time,” Ruiz said. “It’s a matter of life and death. And
efficiency.”
Night crews must also make sure that the trains are properly
positioned for the morning commuter runs, with enough leeway to
allow for last minute changes for whatever reason.
“We have to protect ourselves so that if one train breaks down or
we have some kind of problem, we have a backup plan. We can’t just
bring in the equipment and just stack it up somewhere, because we
could (hurt) ourselves in the morning,” Ruiz said.
Besides the nightly inspections, the trains also undergo regularly
scheduled inspections — from daily to 10-day, quarterly, annual
and every four years — dictated by Federal regulations and
manufacturer’s specifications. Much of that work is done by day
crews.
Before a night’s work begins, Gaines said, everyone is briefed on
what likely will need to be done on the trains. “The briefing keeps
everyone organized and on the same page.”
In the end, by the time Train 501 pulls out of the yard at 4:25
the next morning, the ultimate goal is “making sure we send out
equipment that’s clean, safe and reliable,” Gaines said.
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STORY BY CRAIG SMITH
ILLUSTRATION BY WILLIAM ROTSAERT
One of the great things about the Rail Runner is that
there’s so much to do while you are on it. Yes, really.
You can watch the scenery go by and daydream. You can read a
book, magazine or newspaper. Lulled by the steady click-click of the
wheels on the rails, you can nap. You can chat with your traveling
companions, or even catch up on work or study.
Thanks to Wi-Fi and downloads, you can use your computer,
cell phone, Kindle, other E-reader, or iPad. And if you feel like
some entertainment — including movies or books — that feature
trains, you can download, load up from DVDs pre-boarding, or
stream as you go.
I admit a fondness for classics when it comes to train movies, and
there are many of them. One of the most fun is the 1946 film musical
The Harvey Girls, starring Judy Garland.
This cinematic and historic treat is based on Samuel Hopkins
Adams’ novel that recounts the civilizing influence of the Fred
Harvey Houses along the early Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe
railway system. It’s filled with railroad and restaurant lore, romantic
relationships, and great songs and dances. You’ll find yourself
tapping your toes all the way up or down the line.
Then there are the murder mysteries – and plenty of them. Many
of the most famous train film thrillers were inspired by novels, and
most of them are electronically available for Kindle.
One of the best-known is Murder on the Orient Express, a famous
locked-room mystery by Agatha Christie. When a slaying takes
place on the most luxurious train in the world, every person in the
coach is a suspect, yet everyone has an unshakable alibi. Detective
Hercule Poirot is up to his massive mustache in mystery here. There
are several versions available, collectively starring such luminaries as
Ingrid Bergman, Sean Connery, Barbara Hershey, Leslie Caron and
Albert Finney.
Another Christie railroad mystery stars another of the author’s
beloved sleuths, the lavender-and-old-lace Miss Marple. It’s 4:50 from
Paddington, in which a friend of Miss Marple’s witnesses a killing in
a train passing her own – but there’s no evidence to be found on
the deathly express. As you can imagine, Jane M. goes right to work.
Again, various versions exist.
The Lady Vanishes, based on the novel by Ethel Lina White, stars
Dame May Whitty as the vanished dame and Margaret Lockwood as
the fellow-traveler who finds no one else remembers the disappeared
woman … and that the longer she insists on the disappearance, the
more oddly the other passengers look at her.
Strangers on a Train, adapted from a novel by Patricia Highsmith,
links Farley Granger and Robert Howard in a weird cross-family
murder scheme that will have you vowing never to talk again to
anyone you don’t know on a bus, streetcar, or monorail.
A more contemporary take on train thrillers is The Taking of Pelham
123, with Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw and Martin Balsam among
the characters. It also was adapted from a novel.
Other scary train films are the so-bad-it’s-good Under Siege 2: Dark
Territory with Steven Seagal; Runaway Train with Jon Voigt and Eric
Roberts, a guaranteed bad-nerves time; and one I’d never heard of
till nosing around for this story: The Narrow Margin, known as a grim
film noir starring Walter Brown as a detective trying to get a female
informant cross-country in one living piece. Of course, the train is
brimming with danger.
Even though they don’t feature a train all the time, we can’t
overlook J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books (and films), with the
wonderful red Hogwarts Express steaming through pristine English
countryside. Those films, and The Polar Express (based on Chris Van
Allsburg’s’ children’s classic) are good choices if you have children
along for the ride. Then there’s Disney’s cartoon extravaganza
Dumbo, which has some charming scenes on the circus train, and for
the youngest travelers, all the Thomas the Tank Engine episodes.
If you feel like just reading, trains and railway lines are often
settings for ghost and fantasy short stories. Some of my own short-
story favorites are Charles Dickens’ “The Signal-Man,” Robert
Bloch’s “That Hell-Bound Train,” Basil Copper’s “The Second
Passenger,” Fritz Leiber’s “Belsen Express” and “Smoke Ghost,” and
E.F. Benson’s “In the Tube.” All these and more might have you
looking nervously over your shoulder if you happen to be the only
traveler in your car. Well, the only visible traveler in your car ...
Finally, if you’re after serious histories of railroads, and their
influence on American growth and culture, a number of fine
scholarly books have recently been issued. One of the best is Richard
White’s Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern
America. This big but fascinating book is just the thing for reading
over weeks of commuting. And yes, you can get it for Kindle.
MAGIC AND MYSTERY
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25 City transport
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Two museums and an art gallery are
within walking distance of the Rail Runner
stations in Los Lunas and Belen.
In Los Lunas, the Museum of Heritage and
Arts is one long block north and east from
the Rail Runner station, the equivalent of
three normal city blocks. Stay on the same
side as the tracks, walk north to Main Street
(Highway 6), and turn right. The museum is
on the right, at 251 Main Street SE, under the
water tower. The museum is open Tuesday
through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call
505-352-7720 or visit www.loslunasnm.gov/
museum for more information.
This summer, the museum features two
well-known New Mexico photographers.
From May 12 through July 26, view
“My Camera in New Mexico,” by Craig
Varjabedian of Santa Fe. From August
through October, visit “Drawing With
Light,” by Albuquerque’s Armando D. de
Aguero.
In Belen, The Harvey House Museum
is just across Reinken Avenue from the
Rail Runner, the equivalent of four or five
normal city blocks. Stairs and a walkway
take you from the south end of the parking
lot, under the road and back down onto
First Avenue. Continue along First Avenue
to the Harvey House, which is on the left
side of the street, adjacent to the railroad
tracks (104 N. First Street). The free museum
has permanent exhibits about the Harvey
House hotels and Harvey Girls, the Santa Fe
Railroad, and Valencia County history. There
is also a model railroad display, courtesy of
the Belen Model Railroad Club. It is open
Tuesday through Saturday 12:30 to 3:30
p.m. and Sundays 1 to 3 p.m. Call 505-0861-
0581 for more information, or visit www.
belenharveyhouse.com
This summer at the Harvey House, New
Mexico’s Statehood and Centennial are
featured from June 5 through July 7 with
a display and two Saturday speakers. On
June 16, listen to Rita Smith’s adventures
as a young nurse employed by the railroad
during the heyday of the Harvey House
hotels. On June 30, follow New Mexico’s
road to statehood with Professor B. G. Burr
of the University of New Mexico’s Valencia
campus. In August, come see the New
Mexico Quilters’ Association quilt show.
Just a short block from the Harvey
House is Judy Chicago’s Through the
Flower, located at 107 Becker Avenue. This
is open by appointment only; visit www.
throughtheflower.org for more information.
A few blocks farther along at 509 Becker
Avenue is the Belen Art League’s gallery.
Home to over one hundred artists, the
gallery is a showcase for some of the best
of Valencia County’s fine art and fine
crafts. Summer hours are Tuesday through
Thursday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.
to 6 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m. Call
505-861-0217 or visit www.belen-nm.gov/
community/art_league.htm for more
information.
On weekdays, the Rio Metro bus service
offers dial-a ride service in Belen and Los
Lunas. Rides cost $1 each way, must be
reserved 24 hours in advance, and are on a
first-come, first-served basis. There is no bus
service on weekends. Call 505-352-3595 for
reservations.
Remember: If you are walking during
the heat of the summer, be sure to bring
adequate water and shade, especially if you
are traveling with young children or the
elderly.
EXPLORE THE ARTS IN
VALENCIA COUNTY
PHOTOS BY KITTY LEAKEN
Judy Chicago’s Through the Flower, located at
107 Becker Avenue.
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CROSSWORD ANSWERS
SUDOKU SOLUTION
Name: Crystal Payne
Birthday: August 30
Family: Single mom to
two beautiful children
Job Title: Conductor
Where you do you live:
Belen
Describe a typical
work day: After I arrive
to the office, I gather all
paperwork needed and go
over any restrictions that
may apply to our train
with my crew. I inspect
my train and move it
out of the yard and onto
the platform to pick up
our passengers. While
onboard, I calculate number of passengers and other pertinent
information in case of an emergency. I make security sweeps to
ensure safety of all passengers and crew members and sell tickets
to passengers.
How long have you worked for the NM Rail Runner
Express? Almost 4 years.
Where did you work before you started with the Rail
Runner? I worked for 16 years in the hospitality industry as Front
Desk Agent, Auditor and Supervisor. Ten of those years were
spent in Las Vegas, Nev., at Fitzgeralds and the Venetian Hotel,
Resort and Casino.
Most commonly asked question from passengers? Which
way is this train, “bus” going?
What do you do with your time off? As an Extra Board
Conductor, times off can be few and far between. When I do
receive a day off, I spend it with my kids. A simple day of staying
home with them or a day at the park makes for a most pleasant
day off.
Do you have any interesting stories or moments that have
stood out while working on the train? Seeing youngsters
on the train for the first time and watching their faces light up as
we take off to the next station is a fond memory for me. Having
them on the train and giving them an opportunity to experience
something new and memorable is rewarding for all of us at the
NM Rail Runner.
What do you like most about working for the NM Rail
Runner? There are a lot of things I enjoy about working with
the NM Rail Runner. I love my career and the relationships
of my Rail Runner crews and passengers that have become an
extension of my family. Watching ridership grow and listening to
passengers’ stories as to how they came to begin riding with us lets
me know that we all have played an important role in enhancing
New Mexico’s Transportation industry.
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