National Train Day: May 10

May 7, 2014 by  
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It’s Albuquerque’s  2014 National Train Day event on Saturday May 10 at the Downtown Alvarado Transportation Center.  So what does National Train Day involve? Free strap-hanging? Wishing the gentleman sitting next to us would stop snoring on our shoulder? No indeedy! It looks like a lot of fun with free activities and entertainment.

Albuquerque National Train Day takes place on May 10 from 1 pm to 5 pm and includes:

  • Tours of New Mexico Rail Runner Express, Amtrak, and BNSF rail cars
  • Displays of model trains
  • Mini train rides
  • Explora does its stuff with kids’ activities
  • A rock climbing wall, face painting with Jingles the Clown, solar telescope and other activities
  • Meet the new Rail Runner mascot
  • Hourly raffles with prizes – no purchase necessary
  • Local food vendors (of course!)

Albuquerque National Train Day takes place:

When: Saturday May 10, 2014

Time: 1 – 5 pm

Where: Downtown Alvarado Transportation Center

Price: Free!

If you’re new in town or just not terribly observant, Alvarado Transportation Center is located on the corner of 1st Street SW and Central Avenue.

–Tania


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NM Rail Runner Shopping and Dining Discounts

June 6, 2012 by  
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Hang on to your New Mexico Rail Runner Express ticket to get perks at restaurants and shops in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. The participating businesses vary, but show a New Mexico Rail Runner ticket with a valid date, and current discounts include:

  • 10% off Patrician Design on Gold Ave SW, Downtown
  • 10% off Aqui boutique, Nob Hill
  • 10% off On Site Oil Change at the Los Ranchos/Journal Center station (they come TO the station!)
  • Free margarita or dessert at Church Street Cafe, Old Town, with full meal purchase
  • Free dessert at Crepe Michel, Old Town, when you purchase a full meal
  • 15% off and a free gift at The Chile Casa, Old Town
  • 10% off Bosque Coffee Roasters Cafe Uno in the Los Lunas rail Runner Station
  • 2 meals for the price of 1 at Los Mayas Restaurante, Santa Fe
  • 25% off an entree at La Casa Sena restaurant in Santa Fe
  • $1 off admission to the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, making it $5 for New Mexico residents, $11 for out-of-state visitors.
  • 10% off the at the Plaza Cafe, Santa Fe
  • 10% off Cowgirl BBQ, Santa Fe
  • 15% off Railyard Restaurant, Santa Fe

These are all showing at time of writing, but may vary over time. Some hotels also offer discounts. See the full list of Rail Runner shopping and dining discounts

Remember: Kids aged 9 and under always ride the New Mexico Rail Runner FREE!

–Tania

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National Train Day: May 12

May 7, 2012 by  
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It’s Albuquerque’s second annual National Train Day event on Saturday May 12, 2012, at the Downtown Alvarado Transportation Center.  So what does National Train Day involve? Free strap-hanging? Wishing the gentleman sitting next to us would stop snoring on our shoulder? No indeedy! It looks like a lot of fun with free activities and entertainment.

Albuquerque National Train Day takes place on May 12 from 1 pm to 5 pm and includes:

  • Tours of New Mexico Rail Runner Express, Amtrak, and BNSF rail cars
  • Entertainment including La Rondalla de Albuquerque,  Mariachi San Jose, and Mustang Pride Marching Band.
  • Displays from model train clubs.
  • Explora does its stuff with kids’ activities
  • Wheels Museum free shuttle and Harvey House display.
  • Kids’ interactive train display from Santa Fe Children’s Museum
  • Train safety info and prizes.

Albuquerque National Train Day takes place:

When: Saturday May 12, 2012

Time: 1 – 5 pm

Where: Downtown Alvarado Transportation Center

Price: Free!

If you’re new in town or just not terribly observant, Alvarado Transportation Center is located on the corner of 1st Street SW and Central Avenue.

–Tania

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NM Rail Runner Free Shakespeare on the Train

July 5, 2011 by  
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If you’re taking the New Mexico Rail Runner Express to Santa Fe one of these summer weekends, try to time your trip for one of the Saturday trains when you can enjoy free performances of Shakespeare.

Every Saturday through July and August 2011, the UNM Department of Theatre and Dance takes to the stage aboard the train with scenes from Shakespeare.

Expect romance scenes through mid-July, followed by scenes from Shakespeare’s comedies to the end of August.  The performances themselves are free, but you do need a rail ticket to ride the train.

The Shakespeare on the Rail shows are only on two Saturday trains, and during specific segments of the journey:

  • #506 Northbound – between Downtown ABQ station (departing 2:38 pm) and Santa Fe Depot.
  • #509 Southbound – between Santa Fe Depot (departing 4:32 pm) and Los Ranchos/The Journal Center.

Find the bard’s players in the first railcar behind the locomotive, in the bottom floor.

Train schedule and ticket information is at the New Mexico Rail Runner Express website.

–Tania

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NM Rail Runner Shopping and Dining Discounts

June 28, 2011 by  
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Hang on to your New Mexico Rail Runner Express ticket to get perks at restaurants and shops in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Show a New Mexico Rail Runner ticket with a valid date, and discounts include:

  • 10% off Patrician Design on Gold Ave SW, Downtown
  • 10% off Aqui boutique, Nob Hill
  • 10% off On Site Oil Change at the Los Ranchos/Journal Center station (they come TO the station!)
  • Free margarita or dessert at Church Street Cafe, Old Town, with full meal purchase
  • Free dessert at Crepe Michel, Old Town, when you purchase a full meal
  • 15% off and a free gift at The Chile Casa, Old Town
  • 10% off Bosque Coffee Roasters Cafe Uno in the Los Lunas rail Runner Station
  • 2 meals for the price of 1 at Los Mayas Restaurante, Santa Fe
  • 10% off the at the Plaza Cafe, Santa Fe
  • 10% off Cowgirl BBQ, Santa Fe
  • 15% off Railyard Restaurant, Santa Fe

See the full list of Rail Runner shopping and dining discounts

Remember: Kids aged 9 and under always ride the New Mexico Rail Runner FREE!

–Tania

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NM Rail Runner Cliff’s Amusement Park Discount

June 20, 2011 by  
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We all love Cliff’s Amusement Park and some of us are rather fond of the New Mexico Rail Runner Express too. So here’s a deal that combines both Albuquerque favorites. One ride leads to a discount on another kind of ride entirely!

Passengers who buy a New Mexico Rail Runner ticket this summer through August 31, 2011 can score
$6 off a Cliff’s Amusement Park Ride Pass.  You need to show your ticket with its Cliff’s Amusement Park barcode to get the discount pass, and each discount ticket is valid for up to FOUR people!

You do NOT have to use the Cliff’s $6 discount on the day you travel.

According to the NM Rail Runner and Cliff’s Amusement Park deal info, you can redeem the Rail Runner ticket to get the discount either on the day you used the ticket, or save it for a later visit to Cliff’s Amusement Park.

A Cliff’s Ride Pass is good all day for unlimited rides, and the regular price is $24.95.

Update: We’ve also posted about a 50% off Cliff’s Amusement Park ride pass coupon. See that post for all the info and the days the coupon is valid.

Cliff’s Amusement Park is located at 4800 Osuna Rd NE.

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Cliff’s Amusement Park Ride Pass: $6 Discount

May 11, 2011 by  
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We all love Cliff’s Amusement Park and some of us are rather fond of the New Mexico Rail Runner Express too. So here’s a deal that combines both Albuquerque favorites.

Passengers who buy a New Mexico Rail Runner ticket now through August 31, 2011 can score
$6 off a Cliff’s Amusement Park Ride Pass.  You need to show your ticket with its Cliff’s Amusement Park barcode to get the discount pass, and each discount ticket is valid for up to FOUR people!

You don’t have to use the Cliff’s $6 discount on the day you travel. According to the Rail Runner and Cliff’s deal info, you can redeem the Rail Runner ticket to get the discount either on the day you used the ticket, or save it for a later visit to Cliff’s Amusement Park.

A Cliff’s Ride Pass is good all day for unlimited rides, and the regular price is $24.95.

PLUS: Mark your calendars for the Father’s Day special, when dads ride free at Cliff’s Amusement Park all day on a Ride Pass, when they bring one (or more) paying child. Or the paying child brings dad, depending on how you look at it.  The required purchase is a regularly priced Ride Pass for the kid to get the freebie for dad.

Cliff’s website is showing the Father’s Day special as valid on June 21, 2011, at the time I write this post, but as Father’s Day is actually on June 19, I’m not sure if they’ve tangled up their dates, or are just running the offer for dads on the Tuesday instead. I suspect the former.

Cliff’s Amusement Park is located at 4800 Osuna Rd NE.

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National Train Day: May 7

May 5, 2011 by  
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It’s Albuquerque’s first annual National Train Day event on Saturday May 7 at the Downtown Alvarado Transportation Center.  So what does National Train Day involve? Free strap-hanging? Wishing the gentleman sitting next to us would stop snoring on our shoulder? No indeedy! It looks like a lot of fun with tons of free activities and entertainment.

Albuquerque National Train Day takes place on May 7 from 1 pm to 5 pm and includes:

  • Tours of New Mexico Rail Runner Express, Amtrak, and BNSF rail cars and locomotives and an antique 1927 bus. (I probably went to school on that.)
  • Entertainment incuding The Duke City Stars dance troupe, La Rondalla de Albuquerque Mexico and Latin American music, flamenco, hip-hop, ballet folklorico, and a choir.
  • Displays from model train clubs.
  • Wheels Museum tour and Harvey House Museum display.
  • Kids’ corner with free arts and crafts.
  • Games, free raffles, and prizes.

And of course there will be food vendors too.

Albuquerque National Train Day takes place:

  • When:  Saturday May 7, 2011
  • Time:  1 – 5 pm
  • Where:  Downtown Alvarado Transportation Center
  • Price:  Free!

If you’re new in town or just not terribly observant, Alvarado Transportation Center is located on the corner of 1st Street SW and Central Avenue.

And if you’re traveling farther afield, National Train Day 2011 is celebrated at the Las Cruces Railroad Museum too, and across the country.

–Tania

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NM Rail Runner 3 x Day Passes for $10: Buy Today, Use Through 2010

August 5, 2010 by  
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If you travel the New Mexico Rail Runner Express anyway, this deal is a no-brainer. If you’ve been wanting to ride the rails… here’s your chance to try it out and save big too!

This deal to get three NM Rail Runner all-zone day passes for $10 is only available for purchase today, Thursday August 5, then you can use the passes for travel until December 31, 2010.

The passes give unlimited travel in all zones and are usually priced $9 each – for a total value of $27.  I do not need to count on all my fingers and toes to work out out that the Groupon daily deal  for three New Mexico Rail Runner day passes at  $10 for the lot is therefore a pretty good bargain – over 60% off and saving $17 on your rail rumblings.

The main restriction to note is that you have to plan your travel at least 5 days ahead according to the deal terms. But if you’re a frequent rider on the NM Rail Runner or are planning trips up to Santa Fe this fall, the savings are sweet!

Rail Runner tickets also earn you discounts at Albuquerque and Santa Fe shops, hotels and restaurants  on the day the ticket is valid for travel.

And if you take the train on a Saturday on August 2010, you could also see free Shakespeare on the Train!

Train schedule and ticket information is at the New Mexico Rail Runner Express website

–Tania

FYI: I’ve given you my Groupon.com affiliate link. If you feel like sending a little love this way to support the ABQ on the Cheap site, please use the link.

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NM Rail Runner Free Shakespeare on the Train

June 17, 2010 by  
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If you’re taking the New Mexico Rail Runner Express to Santa Fe one of these summer weekends, try to time your trip for one of the Saturday trains when you can enjoy free performances of Shakespeare.

Every Saturday in June, July, and August 2010, the UNM Department of Theatre Education and Outreach takes to the stage aboard the train with scenes from Shakespeare.

Expect romance scenes in June, comedic scenes in July, and in August the spotlight turns on scenes of deceit and treachery. (Wow, all that between Duke City and the City Different! Sounds like we’ll need a strong… erm… coffee on arrival.)

The performances themselves are free, but you do need a rail ticket to ride the train.

The shows are only on two Saturday trains, and during specific segments of the journey:

  • #506 Northbound – between Downtown ABQ station (departing 2:38 pm) and Santa Fe Depot.
  • #509 Southbound – between Santa Fe Depot (departing 4:32 pm) and Los Ranchos/The Journal Center.

Find the bard’s players in the first railcar behind the locomotive, in the bottom floor.

Train schedule and ticket information is at the New Mexico Rail Runner Express website.

–Tania

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