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Programs & Activities

Train Day

Saturday, April 28, 10:00am - 2:00pm

Learn about the railroad's rich history and the classic hobby of model train building at the Railroad Museum's annual Train Day. Bring your questions about the unique hobby of model railroading and view a layout of H-O model trains. The Doña Ana Modular Railroad Club will be on site. Meet with historical re-enactors dressed as railroad employees and ask them about their lives in 1900s New Mexico. Learn about railroad safety from volunteers with Operation Lifesaver. This event is fun for the entire family!

Saturday Story Time

1st and 3rd Saturday of each month, 11:00am - 11:30am
March 3 & 17, April 7 & 21

Discover the joy of reading with stories and related activities for families who love trains and railroads.

Mrs. Prickett's Story Time

2nd Thursday of each month, 11:00am - 11:30pm
March 8, April 12, May 10, June 14, July 12, August 9

Join Mrs. Prickett and her family of fabulous puppets each month as they read books that are sure to engage children of all ages. After the story, participate in a related craft activity which is appropriate for pre-school children.

Coloring Club for Adults

2nd and 4th Friday of each month, 10:00am - 12:00pm
March 9, April 13, April 27, May 11, May 25, June 8, June 22, July 13, July 27, August 10, August 24

It is OK to color outside the lines at the Las Cruces Railroad Museum! Adults can recapture one of the joys of childhood in a relaxing environment. Coloring has shown to have health benefits such as reducing anxiety, helping to create focus, and bringing about more mindfulness. If you don't have materials to get started, don't worry, the museum provides a selection of coloring pages and pencils at each session.

Brown Bag Lecture Series

2nd Tuesday of each month (except May and December), 12:00pm

Each month, bring your lunch to the museum as we host a presentation about local history. Lectures start promptly at noon, and tables and chairs are provided. Feed your mind as you enjoy your lunch with your neighbors in the Las Cruces community.

March 13 - Robert Diaz, Vice President of the El Paso Historical Society presents "Contextualizing the Past: The Burges House, the El Paso County Historical Society, and the Importance of Local History"

April 10 - Carl Jackson, Assistant Director of Streetcar Operations, discusses the El Paso Streetcars

Family Game Day

2nd Saturday of each month, 10:00am - 12:00pm
March 10, April 14

Discover the fun in traditional games such as dominos, cup-and-ball toss, and checkers. Challenge your friends and family, or take the time to learn a new game. No supplies necessary; all materials are supplied.

Rail Readers Book Club

3rd Wednesday of each month (except April, August, and December), 11:00am - 12:00pm

Book clubs are a fantastic way to explore books in an informal setting and meet other people with similar interests. Each month, join in a discussion about a book related to trains or local history.

March 21 - The Man from the Train: The Solving of a Century-Old Serial Killer Mystery by Bill James and Rachel McCarthy James

May 16 - Night Journal by Elizabeth Crook

Permanent Exhibit

Step back in time to a place where steam engines still rumbled through the countryside. Our Museum is housed in a 1910 Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Depot and is one of the most significant historic sites in Las Cruces. Exhibits include information on local Santa Fe Railway workers, railroad communication, as well as interpretation of the building itself.

Picture of red caboose

In spring 2010, the museum acquired a 1890s wooden caboose. This caboose is believed to have worked the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railway line before being transferred to the Fort Worth and Denver Railway in the 1960s. In 1968, it was retired at a rail yard in west Texas and sold into private hands. The new owners used the caboose for 40 years before gifting it to the Railroad Museum. The caboose is not open to the public as we perform a condition assessment, fundraising, and conduct a restoration project. The caboose is located in the lot just north of the depot and is available for pictures. It is currently undergoing renovations thanks to Stout Flooring, the Foundation for Las Cruces Museums, and our amazing cadre of volunteers!

Picture of Las Cruces Museum Model Train Display

Also, don’t miss our model train room. We have three model layouts, including one that you can run yourself. One of the hands on model layouts was designed and built by students during summer programs at the museum. Another is a train table for tots. Our newest and largest layout was built over 2009 and 2010 from funds raised in response to a Challenge Grant from an anonymous donor. This HO layout depicts railroading in the southwest in the 1940s and 1950s. It includes a switching yard, a vibrant downtown area featuring a few buildings from Las Cruces’ past, and outlaying farms and mountains. The model room also has display cases of model trains by various makers and of different scales/gauges.