Ring That Bell! Ring That Bell!
Sepia-toned reruns of the classic, boarding-on-burlesque television show Petticoat Junction might be the closest most of us have been to a real, high-powered, piston-pumping, steam-powered train of yesteryear. Here’s your chance to get up close and personal to a real live locomotive, courtesy of New Mexico Steam Locomotive & Railroad Historical Society's open house tomorrow from 9am to 4pm at 1833 Eighth Street NW. The Society’s mission is to restore a Baldwin 4-8-4 Steam Locomotive, AT&SF No. 2926 to its full, operational glory by fall 2015. Tomorrow experience nearly a decade of meticulous restoration (thus far) to get this little engine that could back on the tracks. When you’re not gawking the train, with its highly-polished black steel, valves and pistons performing various mechanical duets, learn about the history of the railroad in New Mexico by knowledgeable aficionados, and listen to live music by the Territorial Brass Band, Los Radiators and Holy Water & Whiskey. Bring the kids along for face painting, operational model trains, free food and drink, and yes, of course, ring that bell! New Mexico Steam Locomotive & Railroad Society • Sat Sep 27 • 9am-4pm • FREE • View on Alibi calendar