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Highlights and Extra Cost Activities of
RPCA 2020 CONFERENCE IN ALBUQUERQUE
January 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20, 2020
Thursday, January 16
Santa Fe Excursion $35
A portion of this fare will be donated to the Fuehring Fund for Future Leaders.
Leave the hotel at 9 AM to catch a ride on the Rail Runner for a day of exploring the sights in Santa Fe on your own.A motor coach will meet our train and act as a shuttle between the station and the heart of Santa Fe. Return to ABQ, late afternoon. Sights in Santa Fe include the Fred Harvey hotel, La Fonda, the cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi, the Loretto Chapel, shopping for Native American arts and crafts found along the Plaza and much more.
Friday, January 17
The Conference will start at 0900 on Friday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in the center of Albuquerque. Friday will have a variety of sessions, some railroading and a few pertaining to the local culture and heritage.
Welcome Reception $45
This is a limited capacity event.
There will be no alcohol served.
The reception will be held at the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History. Chartered by Congress, the museum’s mission is: “ …to serve as America's resource for nuclear history and science. ” A dinner buffet with entrees of marinated sirloin, vegetarian red chili cream pasta, and chicken Marcela will be offered, as well as ample time to explore the museum.Leave the hotel at 5 PM and return about 8 PM.
Saturday, January 18
Seminars continue with Amtrak inspectors presenting sessions on mechanical themes and tales from their findings while doing inspections.
Albuquerque Tour $30
Those not wanting to indulge in
railroading may opt for this tour of historic Albuquerque, which highlights the
heritage and culture in the area known as Old Town. The first stop will be at a
modern trading post, The Palms Trading Company.Yes, the Native American artists
come to this shop to sell their art and
wares. Great cross sections of Native American items can be found here. The
staff is very knowledgeable of artists, items offered for sale and the history
For those wanting mechanical sessions, the shop area for the ex-ATSF 2926 will be the place to be. A passenger car will be available for the mechanical with participants inside an enclosed tent for the demonstration and presentation. A box lunch ($7.50—turkey, ham or vegetarian) is available for purchase, so you don’t have to go hunting for lunch and miss time with the locomotive.
If you would rather stay inside at the hotel, sessions will be presented there as well.
Banquet $50, guest dinners $65
Saturday night the banquet will start at 5 PM with a cash bar, dinner at 6 PM
The entrées are filet of salmon, prime rib, leg of lamb, Santa Fe grilled chicken breast, and heirloom grain stuffed pepper.
Sunday, January 19
Today will have the general membership meeting in the morning, followed by presentations and sessions all day from 9 to 4. Some of these sessions will be repeats of the previous days’, so if you missed it the first time, you can catch it on the rebound.
Monday, January 20
Acoma Pueblo Tour $60
This tour requires a minimum number of participants. If that number is not met by the December 18 registration deadline, the tour will not operate, you will be notified, and your money will be refunded at registration. We will have an excursion to the Acoma Pueblo. This pueblo is the oldest continuously inhabited community in North America. We have arranged a special tour with lunch following at the visitor’s center. Lunch options are: green chili pork stew, cheese quesadilla, grilled chicken wrap, veggie wrap. The bus will leave at 9 AM and return around 3:30 PM.
Of course, there will be time for business and swapping tales at the hospitality room each night of the Conference. All of this and maybe a few surprises along the way. Please note that this is a tentative itinerary and is subject to change as planning progresses. All dates and times are subject to change.
Getting to the Conference
Getting to the 2020 Conference should be a fairly easy task. Albuquerque sits at the crossroads of two major Interstate highways, I-40 for the east/west traffic and I-25 for the north/south traffic. The Crowne Plaza sits near the intersection of these two interstates. In addition, ABQ has both air and rail service.
Of course, the obvious means for getting to the Conference is to ride Amtrak into town. Train #3 has a scheduled departure from Chicago Union Station of 2:50 PM with next day arrival into ABQ at 3:29 PM. This route follows the Santa Fe Trail from La Junta, CO to Raton, NM. It crosses the highest point of the line on top of Raton Pass. This is a daylight trip from La Junta into ABQ. The historic Fred Harvey House, Castaneda Hotel, is trackside in Las Vegas, NM and is but one of the sights along the way. The return trip is on #4 which leaves ABQ at 11:48 AM and has a scheduled arrival of 2:50 PM, the next day into Chicago. From LA #4 departs at 6 PM with a next morning scheduled arrivalin ABQ of 11:20. The return trip on # 3 has a scheduled departure of 4:19 pm with a next morning arrival of 8 AM. The Amtrak station is 3 miles from the Crowne Plaza Hotel, which should be a $8 to $22 Uber or taxi ride.Air service is through Albuquerque International Sunport and is served by 8 major commercial carriers. There are some routes which offer non-stop service into ABQ. The Sunport is approximately 6.5 miles from the Crowne Plaza and has a travel time of about 18 minutes. An Uber or taxi ride will cost between $12 and $25.
And, of course, there will be the traditional silent auction benefiting the Fuehring Fund for Future Leaders. Items donated to the auction will be accepted through Friday, January 17.
Please review the schedule of events and offerings for this Conference.
Please call or email if you have questions,
Gary or Sue at 719-543-5197, 719-406-6161 or firstname.lastname@example.org