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Santa Fe Southern Railway, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe Southern Railway

Engine 93

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410 S. Guadalupe Street
Santa Fe, NM 87501
888-989-8600 | 505-989-8600

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(Italicized words from Santa Fe Southern Railway's brochure or website.)

Friday May, 13 and Saturday May, 14, 2005

Friday was a good day to arrive in Santa Fe, New Mexico, even though this particular Friday was the 13th!  As luck would have it, the brochure rack at the hotel had the bright title "TRAIN RIDE!" peeking out from the rack, attracting my eye.  Below the title were the words,  Year-Round From Santa Fe * Scenery * History * Fun.  A working freight train.  Vintage passenger cars.  Starkly beautiful high-desert scenery.  Santa Fe Southern Railway is a moving experience!  The back of the brochure gave the number to call for reservations and mentioned, Charters * Group & School Rates * Cab Rides * Holiday Trains. 

Their specific rides are:  Scenic Day Train, Friday Afternoon "Hot Shot" Run, High-Desert Highball Train (Friday evenings), and Campfire Barbecue Train (Saturday nights).  Knowing we were in town for both Friday and Saturday nights, I called and found that Vicki Pozzebon was their "Marketing and PR Engineer" (, and made arrangements to go on the 6:30  Friday High-Desert Highball Train (Friday evenings)

The brochure described it as, Friday evenings, April - October.  Departure timed for sunset.  Drink in the spectacular sunset while sipping spirits from our cash bar.  Make new friends.  Relax and enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres while riding the train to the rim of the Galisteo Basin and back to Santa Fe.  Round trip:  2.5 hrs.  Silver ticket: seating in any car except the dome, $35.  Dome ticket:  seating in the dome $45.

Excited about my evening trip, we stopped by the Santa Fe station that afternoon to be sure I could meet the "Hot Shot" on time in the evening run.   It was then that I actually met Vicki, between runs on the train, and discussed my writing of this story.  I took a few pictures of the station and equipment, as it returned from a Hot Shot Train Run with loads of school children.





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