After 19 years of faithful service to the public, the Belen Model Railroad Club (BMRC) will close the doors of the newly constructed permanent layout within the Harvey House museum on October 19, 2014. We will attempt to keep parts of the layout open as long as possible, but we must be out of the Harvey House by January 30, 2015.
Please be patient as we work on a new permanent location to continue serving the public.
Currently our 20 x 36 foot modular layout is set up in the big display room of the Harvey House in Belen, NM. We have a train show with vendor exhibits on October 18 & 19. During the week the modular layout is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 12:30 to 3:30 pm.
We invite you to stop by for one last look at our layouts and share your interest in railroading.
Track our progress at http://bmrctrains.com/bmrc-news as we attempt to find a new home and continue serving the public.
President, BMRC ( email: BMRC.President@gmail.com )
A Little History
The Belen Model Railroad Club opened its doors to the public in 1995 as a permanent display.
The BMRC designed several rooms in the Harvey House that “… recreate the Santa Fe Railway’s route through Valencia County, from Abo Canyon in the east to Mt. Taylor in the west. There is even a miniature Harvey House beside the depot. All of this is possible with the help of many dedicated docents under the leadership of award-winning museum director Maurine McMillan. Often called the ultimate Harvey Girl, McMillan has served as the director, first with Julie Van Valen, and, since 2000, on her own.”
– The Belen Harvey House and Its Several Reincarnations, 1910-2010, Richard Melzer.
Recently Maurine, a true volunteer, broke her hip. She has since recovered and is still active as a docent today.
The Belen Model Railroad Club is a Non-Profit Unincorporated Educational Club under section 501(C)3 of the Federal IRS Code. BMRC members have a common interest in HO-scale model railroading using DC (direct current) control.
We provide the general public with access to our layouts in order to share our interest and collective knowledge of model railroading and railroading history.