Toy Train Depot

The museum is filled with large dynamic model trains, static displays and local railroad history. Enjoy a 2 mile (20 min) train ride through Alameda Park. Admission Train Ride: $5 per person Museum Entry: $5 per person Train Ride & Museum Combination: $8 per person Annual Train Ride Membership: $48 per person ​ (Children 2 and under free admission) The Toy Train Depot building began its life as depot in the town of Torrance, New Mexico, in 1898, so the story goes. There seems to be no written records since the county court house used to be housed in a boxcar and one night in 1912 someone burned it down (probably to prevent ownership into of some land). At the time, Torrance was the junction for the New Mexico Central Railroad from Santa Fe and the El Paso North Eastern from El Paso to Vaughn. The New Mexico Central Railroad was short lived. In 1912, this depot was moved by mule train to Corona, where it lived an active life in the bustling train stop of the Southern Pacific. In 1929, the building was expanded to include a baggage room. The Depot served the small town of Corona until rail service was discontinued. In 1974, the Conners bought the Depot and moved it North of Alamogordo (where the White Sands Mall is located) and began an antique business called The Depot Antiques. The dream of a toy train museum began to take some serious form in 1986, when John Koval and Jim Bowlin, Community Services Director for the City of Alamogordo, began to look for a home for this project. In July of 1986, the Kovals were approached by Mr and Mrs. Connor regarding the purchase of the Depot. The Kovals bought the Depot on July 17, 1987. In January of 1989, the Depot was moved (in two parts) to its present location at the north end of Alameda Park. A lot of work had to be done to put the building back together. In March 1988, work began on the HO layout in the back room of the museum. With support of volunteers, and many hours, the layout was designed to depict railroading in the local ears in the early 40’s. This 1,000 square foot, 1/87th scale layout, depict Alamogordo, Cloudcroft, Vaughn, and Carrizozo during the steam era (that which representative of what the SP & Santa Fe, NMC, EP&NE, A&SM railroads in the early days of steam). Static displays include models and toy trains in many scales. At the onset, most of the displays belonged to Mr. John Koval, who did most of the work to open the Toy Train Depot. Since that time, many train enthusiasts have donated models, memorabilia and even entire collections for display. ​ In January 2007, the Alamogordo McDonald's donated their Ronald's Railroad, full-sized, standard-gauge caboose to the museum. The caboose is now in a high-visibility location on US-54/70, alerting potential visitors to the museum's location. The Depot has a gift shop and model shop where railroad supplies and memorabilia are available for purchase. The store and museum are a 501c3, and are run by the Toy Train Depot Board of Directors.

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12/06/2017

The Toy Train Depot is hiring a Train Engineer & Mechanic! This position is responsible for driving the park train, completes regular 100 hour & emergency maintenance on 1/5 scale park trains and track; welding and troubleshooting, responsible for the garage, tools & heavier maintenance, maintains lawn mower, scoop tractor, gasoline/oil/ part purchasing for TTD, maintains maintenance records & inventories and other duties as assigned in down times.

* Days of work: Friday through Monday (Operations 10 to 4)
* Hours: 9:45am to 4:15pm (paid for opening and closing duties – train safety run prior to opening.)
* Pay Range: $8 to $10 an hour, weekly $208 - $260 with an est. annual gross pay of $10820 - $13520

Must be willing to work weekends and holidays (closed on Christmas Day, & Thanksgiving). Must have excellent people skills for dealing with, adults, kids, problems, for making their TTD visit a happy & memorable experience.

Perks: Includes annual family membership to the museum and train admissions, and discounts on gift shop and modeling supplies.

To apply or set up an interview, stop by the TTD. during normal business hours. Or call/voice mail to Ms. Merry Koval 575 437 4231

Come play in the Kids Corner before or after your train ride.  The kids can build trains, play games, read books, color,...
11/02/2017

Come play in the Kids Corner before or after your train ride. The kids can build trains, play games, read books, color, sit in one of our old train cars and ring the bell! The kids corner is free with each train ride and/or museum ticket purchase.

Have you heard?  We have a new website!  Check it out!  Learn about our mission, history, support needs and upcoming eve...
11/01/2017
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Have you heard? We have a new website! Check it out! Learn about our mission, history, support needs and upcoming events. www.toytraindepot.org

Preservation, restoration, acquisition, display and interpretation of railroads of all scales and gauges, including 1:1, with a particular emphasis on the Miniature Train Company (MTC) park ride trains and their preservation.

Choo, choo, BOO!!  Last day to check out the haunted tunnel train ride! 🚂 Open today 10am to 4pm. All riders can pick...
10/30/2017

Choo, choo, BOO!! Last day to check out the haunted tunnel train ride! 🚂 Open today 10am to 4pm. All riders can pick a treat! While you wait, play a game of toss the coal, pumpkin toss or check out the kids corner (included with train and/or museum entry).

Trick or trick....check out the haunted tunnel train ride! 🚂 Open today through Monday, 10am to 4pm. All riders can p...
10/28/2017

Trick or trick....check out the haunted tunnel train ride! 🚂 Open today through Monday, 10am to 4pm. All riders can pick candy 🍭 or a treat! While you wait play a game of toss the coal, pumpkin toss or check out the kids corner (included with train and/or museum entry).

10/27/2017

The toy train depot had a blast at Alamogordo nights! Don't forget that our haunted tunnel is this weekend! Being the kids for some spooky fun!

10/19/2017
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Check out our new website: www.toytraindepot.org.

The Alamogordo/Alameda park narrow gauge railway(16") runs Wednesday through Sunday from 12:30pm to 4:30pm weather permitting.

Great day at the Depot! Check out the Cottonwood festival and enjoy the train too! Pick up at south end of Alameda Park ...
09/03/2017

Great day at the Depot! Check out the Cottonwood festival and enjoy the train too! Pick up at south end of Alameda Park or Depot. Open tomorrow 10am-5pm. See you at the trains!!!

Enter to win a Thomas the Train set! $10 a raffle ticket. Train set is $150 value.
09/02/2017

Enter to win a Thomas the Train set! $10 a raffle ticket. Train set is $150 value.

All aboard! The Toy Train Depot is open from 10am to 7pm on 9/2 and 10am to 5pm on 9/3. Enjoy a 2 mile train ride 🚂, ...
09/02/2017

All aboard! The Toy Train Depot is open from 10am to 7pm on 9/2 and 10am to 5pm on 9/3. Enjoy a 2 mile train ride 🚂, check out the cool new toys for purchase and then enjoy the Cottonwood Festival in Alameda Park! Choo choo!

Hello train enthusiasts!  Do you have some favorite train rides, big or small, across the country? (besides the Toy Trai...
07/13/2017

Hello train enthusiasts! Do you have some favorite train rides, big or small, across the country? (besides the Toy Train Depot of course!) Here's a peek from the Durango-Silverton steam train. Share your photos/experiences on the Toy Train Depot or other train adventures below! ALL ABOARD!

We will be open this Monday and Tuesday (the 3rd and 4th of July) for both the museum and Train ride!!! We hope to see y...
07/01/2017

We will be open this Monday and Tuesday (the 3rd and 4th of July) for both the museum and Train ride!!! We hope to see you here!

Hello to all of those that have tagged The Toy Train Depot's unofficial page.  Thank you for your support!  The...
06/23/2017
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Hello to all of those that have tagged The Toy Train Depot's unofficial page. Thank you for your support! The Toy Train Depot now has an official page (ToyTrainDepotNM)!

Like our official page to stay updated on community events and promotions! The link is below!

https://www.facebook.com/ToyTrainDepotNM/

The museum is filled with large dynamic model trains, static displays and local railroad history. Enjoy a 2 mile (20 min) train ride through Alameda Park.

Admission
Train Ride: $5 per person
Museum Entry: $5 per person
Train Ride & Museum Combination: $8 per person
Annual Train Ride Membership: $48 per person

(Children 2 and under free admission)

The Toy Train Depot building began its life as depot in the town of Torrance, New Mexico,
in 1898, so the story goes. There seems to be no written records since the county court
house
used to be housed in a boxcar and one night in 1912 someone burned it down (probably to
prevent ownership into of some land).

At the time, Torrance was the junction for the New Mexico Central Railroad from Santa Fe
and the El Paso North Eastern from El Paso to Vaughn. The New Mexico Central Railroad
was short lived.

In 1912, this depot was moved by mule train to Corona, where it lived an active life in the bustling
train stop of the Southern Pacific. In 1929, the building was expanded to include a baggage room. The Depot served the small town of Corona until rail service was discontinued.

In 1974, the Conners bought the Depot and moved it North of Alamogordo (where the White Sands Mall is located) and began an antique business called The Depot Antiques.

The dream of a toy train museum began to take some serious form in 1986, when John Koval and Jim Bowlin, Community Services Director for the City of Alamogordo, began to look for a home for this project. In July of 1986, the Kovals were approached by Mr and Mrs. Connor regarding the purchase of the Depot. The Kovals bought the Depot on July 17, 1987.

In January of 1989, the Depot was moved (in two parts) to its present location at the north end of Alameda Park. A lot of work had to be done to put the building back together. In March 1988, work began on the HO layout in the back room of the museum. With support of volunteers, and many hours, the layout was designed to depict railroading in the local ears in the early 40’s. This 1,000 square foot, 1/87th scale layout, depict Alamogordo, Cloudcroft, Vaughn, and Carrizozo during the steam era (that which representative of what the SP & Santa Fe, NMC, EP&NE, A&SM railroads in the early days of steam).

Static displays include models and toy trains in many scales. At the onset, most of the displays belonged to Mr. John Koval, who did most of the work to open the Toy Train Depot. Since that time, many train enthusiasts have donated models, memorabilia and even entire collections for display.

In January 2007, the Alamogordo McDonald's donated their Ronald's Railroad, full-sized, standard-gauge caboose to the museum. The caboose is now in a high-visibility location on US-54/70, alerting potential visitors to the museum's location.

The Depot has a gift shop and model shop where railroad supplies and memorabilia are available for purchase. The store and museum are a 501c3, and are run by the Toy Train Depot Board of Directors.

Come check out the Alamogordo Farmer's market at the north end of Alameda park on Saturday mornings and stay a little lo...
06/23/2017

Come check out the Alamogordo Farmer's market at the north end of Alameda park on Saturday mornings and stay a little longer to see our dynamic trains displays inside the Toy Train Depot or take a ride on the train around Alameda park!

The Farmers Market begins at 8:30am and the Toy Train Depot opens at 12:00noon.

See what's happening at the ALAMOGORDO FARMERS' MARKET in ALAMEDA PARK every Saturday morning at 8:30AM. We are at the north end of the Alameda Park, next to the Toy Train Depot. SNAP EBT Welcome!

We appreciate all the mom's out there! Mom's receive half off their train ride and museum admission on Sunday!
05/12/2017

We appreciate all the mom's out there! Mom's receive half off their train ride and museum admission on Sunday!

Toy Train Depot's cover photo
05/02/2017

Toy Train Depot's cover photo

The Toy Train Depot Museum and Train Ride, Alamogordo, NM
05/02/2017

The Toy Train Depot Museum and Train Ride, Alamogordo, NM

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1991 White Sands Blvd
Alamogordo, NM
88310

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