I Visit Bethlehem…

April 27, 2012

A few days ago I passed through Belen, New Mexico. I had read that everything in this city revolved around the railroad. So I parked the motorhome nearby to the Harvey House Museum in the old station. There are actually three stories here…the railroad, the Harvey House and the Belen Model Railroad Club. The city name in Spanish means Bethlehem.

Rather than me try to explain the history here…it’s easier if you will click the below links and read for yourself…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belen,_New_Mexico

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Harvey_Company

http://www.donaanacountyhistsoc.org/HistoricalReview/ThreeHistoricalReview2011.pdf

http://www.belenharveyhouse.com/BMRC/index.htm

Once again I was faced with difficult photography conditions…rather dimly lit interiors and brilliant sunshine showing through the large windows in the background. Nonetheless, forward I went…

Shortly after my arrival I was fortunate enough to meet up with Maurine McMillan. She’s been at the museum for 20 years and now serves as the Director of a staff of 14 volunteers…

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view...

She was very knowledgeable and told me all about the history of the railroad, station, museum, the Harvey Girls and the Belen Model Railroad Club.

Here are some photos that I took while there…

To see the other 50 photos that I took while there, click this link…
https://picasaweb.google.com/110455945462646142273/BelenNewMexico

There’s no way that I can show in the above photos the details of the model railroad club’s layout. Only an in-person visit can allow for the full appreciation of their efforts.

To appreciate how big the railroad is here, I’m presenting three Google Earth images.

The first one show the full railroad yard and how it relates to the city…

Then a closer look. Can you count how many sets of railroad tracks there are? I can’t…

And then a view looking down on the building that serves as a station, museum and home to the Belen Model Railroad Club…

Another joy of the full-time RVing lifestyle is visiting unique and interesting places. Belen certainly qualifies for that category!

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2012
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