Railfanning in ABQ and anywhere along Railrunner Express

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Railfanning in ABQ and anywhere along Railrunner Express

Postby njt/mnrrbuff » Tue Jun 17, 2014 5:49 pm

Hello,
Between August 28th and August 30th, I'm going to be in ABQ. I won't have access to a car, and am wondering which are the best railfan spots in ABQ especially along Railrunner Express, In addition, I will be riding Railrunner Express in its entirety. Thanks for any pointers.
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Re: Railfanning in ABQ and anywhere along Railrunner Express

Postby Backshophoss » Fri Jun 20, 2014 9:34 pm

All station platforms are OK for photos except for the Kewa and Sandia stations which is on Indian reservation lands,
Due to cultural reasons. There are signs posted at the boundries,please respect their wishes.
A day pass(RT) from Belen or Abq can be used for travel on the Santa Fe Trails(city) bus by showing the ticket to the driver,
the same is true for a day pass from Belen or Santa Fe for the ABQ RIDE (City) bus.
The Santa Fe Rail Trail for bikes and walkers follows the track from the Depot to near CP Hondo(in Santa Fe).
The Santa Fe Southern (tourist train) is still "mothballed" at this time.
The Shop complex is OFF LIMITS as is the BNSF yard,you might be able to peak in the Wheels Museum on Sat,
if some of the members are on site,as is the ATSF 2926 restoration site at 8th st nw/I-40 EB frontage rd.
(Note: Homeless roam the area,be carefull).
At Belen,Both the station platform and the Harvey House Museum have good views of BNSF freight traffic,
that runs on the transcon. Belen is a major yard on the transcon.
NMRX uses CCTV and roaming security guards at all station platforms,mind you manners,you should be OK.
The same when the Chief is in town.
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Re: Railfanning in ABQ and anywhere along Railrunner Express

Postby njt/mnrrbuff » Sat Jun 21, 2014 9:12 am

I saw that there is a big yard in Belen. I believe that Amtrak's Southwest Chief passes through there. I might go there when 3 passes by there.
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Re: Railfanning in ABQ and anywhere along Railrunner Express

Postby Backshophoss » Sat Jun 21, 2014 8:17 pm

Currently the Chief DOES NOT run thru Belen,they run on the passenger cutoff Dalies to CP East Isleta,the Jct is in
reservation land,and OFF LIMITS ! :(
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Re: Railfanning in ABQ and anywhere along Railrunner Express

Postby njt/mnrrbuff » Sun Jun 22, 2014 10:41 am

I see that there is a street overpass near the Belen Station. Could I get good shots of the yard from there?
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Re: Railfanning in ABQ and anywhere along Railrunner Express

Postby Backshophoss » Sun Jun 22, 2014 4:36 pm

Yes,there are sidewalks on that bridge,with chain link fencing to deter jumpers,as is the Harvey House platform area.
The Harvey House Museum is about a 2 1/2 block hike from the NMRX station over that bridge.
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Re: Railfanning in ABQ and anywhere along Railrunner Express

Postby njt/mnrrbuff » Fri Aug 29, 2014 12:15 am

How is the Marquette St bridge for photography?
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Re: Railfanning in ABQ and anywhere along Railrunner Express

Postby Backshophoss » Fri Aug 29, 2014 7:36 pm

All the bridges crossing the tracks have sidewalks,and have chainlink fencing to deter jumpers in Downtown ABQ,
views are fair to good depending on the sun angle.
On Sundays there's a Market of sorts in the Blacksmith Shop from 10a-2p accessed from a gate off 1st street,
however it's common the view to the tracks is blocked by autoracks made up for a run to the west coast(leaves in the late pm). :(
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