Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to walk along the bridge over the Belen Railyard in New Mexico. This is a BNSF hub, and it is quite an impressive place. I’ve been here many times, but never had I walked across the bridge.
This particular day, there were no trains during my brief stay there. Well, no trains, except the commuter train that I boarded to head back to Albuquerque.
The Belen Railyard has always been a neat place to me, personally. When JoAnna and I first started dating, we’d go watch trains in Socorro together and walk along the tracks. That’s not really allowed anymore, but we did it back then. We also used to stop in Belen and watch the (much more frequent) trains in Belen.
I once heard that the line through Socorro was a six train a day line. The Belen station was 90 trains a day. I don’t know if that’s true or not, but one of the railroad employees told us that, back in 2006 or so.
I will take some more photos of this yard. I just snapped this one with my cell phone. This isn’t the yard, but rather some of the switching complex before entering the yard. It branches off into many more tracks on the other side of the bridge, but, when I was there, that was looking directly into the sun.
The rail to the right that is separate from the rest of the line is the NM Railrunner, the commuter line that I take back to Albuquerque.
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I finally got around to reading the SocSociety for Industrial Archeology’s Fall Newsletter. It has been sitting on my desk, waiting to be read for a few daya.
This issue focused on the Fall Tour to Nashville, giving accounts from several members of the SIA. It made me sad that I did not attend, but inspired me to attend at least one of the SIA events this year.
The Spring Conference is in Richmond, VA, and the Fall Tour is in Dayton, OH. It would be nice to get to at least one of these, and I am working out the logistics to do so. I’ll keep you posted.
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I renewed my membership to the Society for Industrial Archeology this morning. I also sent in my application to continue as a director for the board. Hopefully, I will be able to continue serving the SIA.
I have been spending time this week laying out my schedule for the semester. I think that I may actually be able to go to the Spring Conference this year. I really want to go- it is in Richmond, not too far from where my parents live, so I will visit them while I am on the tour. I have a few more bugs to work out between now and then, but I think it is do-able.
I have also been toying around with trying to start a southwestern local chapter of the SIA. We investigated this in the past, and saw that we need 12 members. Right now, JoAnna and I are two, plus most of the students that attended the SIA Conference in Colorado Springs now live here in New Mexico. I think we might be able to swing it.
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Perhaps it seems a bit strange to talk in terms of New Year’s Resolutions on this blog. I have been sloppy and lagging behind in my Industrial Archeology exploring and participation, so I wanted to remedy that situation.
- Attend at least one SIA Event.
- Explore at least five ghost towns in New Mexico.
- Submit one article to the SIA Newsletter.
- Post to this blog at least thirty times.
- Read one industrial archeology related book.
Hopefully, this will get me more active, as I have been far too dormant in my industrial archeology activities!
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