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The New Mexico Rail Runner Express

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Description   The New Mexico Rail Runner Express is a commuter rail service, spanning 100 miles from Santa Fe to
Belen through the beautiful Rio Grande Valley, the train corridor has 15 stations, operating seven days a week.  It is
administered by the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) and the Rio Metro Regional Transit District
(Rio Metro), a regional transportation agency.  Opened in July 2006, the system was extended to Santa Fe in
December 2008.
   The Rail Runner power includes nine Motive Power MP36PH-3C diesel-electric locomotives,  Passenger cars include
thirteen Bombardier BiLevel Coaches and nine Bombardier BiLevel Cab cars.  Rail Runner trains operate in a push-pull
configuration, with the locomotive always facing south. When not in use, the vehicles are stored in a railyard in
Downtown Albuquerque, located across the main rail line from the Alvarado Transportation Center.  The AAR reporting
mark for the Rail Runner Express is NMRX. Locomotives have three-digit road numbers beginning with the numeral 1 (e.
g., 101). Coaches have four-digit road numbers beginning with the numeral 1 (e.g., 1001). Cab cars have four-digit road
numbers beginning with 11 (e.g., 1101).  The livery of the New Mexico Rail Runner depicts a stylistic roadrunner on the
locomotive and trailing tailfeathers on the coaches. The door closing tones resemble the signature “Beep-Beep” of the
Warner Bros. Road Runner cartoon character.
   The Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus) is a long-legged bird in the cuckoo family, Cuculidae, from
Southwestern United States and Mexico. The Roadrunner is also known as the Chaparral and can run on the ground at
speeds up to 20 mph. It is the official State Bird of New Mexico.
               Rail Runner System Map
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