The Gregarious Railfan
Belen, NM  87002 (population, 7,255)                  

GPS: N 34.66225, W 106.76588, Rail Runner Express Station        Google map   

Scanner: BNSF 160.860 [50], 160.560 [30], 161.190 [72], 160.650 [36]; Rail Runner 160.410 [20]

Railroads: BNSF Southwest Division, Gallup Sub, El Paso Sub & Clovis Sub all converge on the Belen Yard; New Mexico
Rail Runner Express  

Description: Belen NM is located 30 miles south of Albuquerque and 25 miles northwest of Abo Canyon and is
considered ‘the Heart’ of the BNSF Transcon. The area of Belen proper is bounded on the south by El Paso Junction
and on the north by Belen Junction. In between is a yard stretching 3 miles with stations, rail shops and fuel racks.
Some of the interesting stuff can be seen from the sidewalks on Reinken Ave.  The New Mexico Rail Runner Express
commuter service also serves Belen and extends north through Albuquerque to Santa Fe NM

Approximate # trains per 24 hours: 80 on BNSF Transcon, 20 Road Runner Express

Nearby RR stuff: Harvey House Museum, N 34.66020, W 106.76834;  A restored ATSF M-190 Motor Car is
displayed in "Doodlebug Park" on 2nd St. N 34.65910, W 106.76957  

Fast Food: McDonald's, 503 N. Main  N 34.66542, W 106.77504

Lodging: Super 8, 428 S Main S   N 35.07732, W 106.51340

TRAINS Article February 2015             
    Picture of the restored ATSF M-190 Motor Car described above