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Belen Model RR Club -- Belen NM
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz
N 34° 39.601 W 106° 46.037
13S E 338059 N 3836761
Quick Description: A restored Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe RR Harvey House is now a museum in downtown Belen NM. The Belen Model RR club layouts are on display inside.
Location: New Mexico, United States
Date Posted: 10/18/2014 1:21:07 PM
Waymark Code: WMMP7R
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
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Long Description:
Blasterz had a fun day here touring the Harvey House museum and enjoying the labor of the Belen Model Railroad club, who have put together a FOUR very large layouts for kids of all ages to enjoy. (visit link)

From the Harvey House history website: (visit link)

"The Belen Harvey House is used as a museum and is currently being restored to the 1910 look. The building also houses the Belen Model Railroad Club."

As of October 2014, the club will be on the move :( See (visit link)

"PUBLIC NOTICE

After 19 years of faithful service to the public, the Belen Model Railroad Club (BMRC) will close the doors of the newly constructed permanent layout within the Harvey House museum on October 19, 2014. We will attempt to keep parts of the layout open as long as possible, but we must be out of the Harvey House by January 30, 2015.

Please be patient as we work on a new permanent location to continue serving the public.

Currently our 20 x 36 foot modular layout is set up in the big display room of the Harvey House in Belen, NM. We have a train show with vendor exhibits on October 18 & 19. During the week the modular layout is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 12:30 to 3:30 pm.

We invite you to stop by for one last look at our layouts and share your interest in railroading.

Track our progress at (visit link) as we attempt to find a new home and continue serving the public.

Signed,
James McKelvey,
President, BMRC ( email: BMRC.President@gmail.com )

A Little History

The Belen Model Railroad Club opened its doors to the public in 1995 as a permanent display.

The BMRC designed several rooms in the Harvey House that “… recreate the Santa Fe Railway’s route through Valencia County, from Abo Canyon in the east to Mt. Taylor in the west. There is even a miniature Harvey House beside the depot. All of this is possible with the help of many dedicated docents under the leadership of award-winning museum director Maurine McMillan. Often called the ultimate Harvey Girl, McMillan has served as the director, first with Julie Van Valen, and, since 2000, on her own.”
– The Belen Harvey House and Its Several Reincarnations, 1910-2010, Richard Melzer."
Scale: O Scale-1:43.5 or 1:45 (Eur) ,1:48 (US)

What is the herald of the layout? (Is there a featured railroad line(s) for the layout):
ATSFRR in Valencia Co NM


What is the theme of the layout?:
ATSFRR in Valencia Co NM


What is the era of the layout? (What time period does the layout depict?):
Combination steam and modern era


Is there an admission fee? If so how much..:
free


Is this location handicap accessible?: Yes

What type of location is this layout found in? ( Museum, Club, Hobby Shop, Business, Manufacturer,..:
Museum


Layout Website: [Web Link]

Visit Instructions:
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