A Railway and Science Museum for the San Miguel Station

By David Stea

An article in the September 23 issue of Atencion announced plans for use of the San Miguel de Allende railway station which, after being restored in early 2010 during Luz María Núñez‘s administration, was left dormant for the three succeeding years. The reconstruction involved complete cleaning, restoration of exterior walls and interior floors with local stone, replacement of the roof, installation of a new interior lighting and plumbing system, and a lineal park area surrounding the building, all at a municipal cost of some 12 million pesos, and involving the cooperation of el Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (CONACULTA) through the Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y Las Artes (FONCA).  This year, work on the area surrounding the station, which had been suspended during the Trejo administration, was resumed.

The new museum will be divided into four spaces: the first is an entry with its ticket window, opening into a railway transport exhibit room. This room will have static model displays, photographic and drawing exhibits, and an operating model railway based on the San Miguel area and including a working model of the historic tranvia (tram) built in 1903. The layout will be approximately 3.5m x 3.5m and will be capable of running multiple model trains. Another room will be a centro de saber (knowledge and learning center), equipped for lectures and workshops. A final space will house exhibits of local artesania (arts and crafts).

A small group of enthusiastic San Miguelenses—Enrique Garcia y Garcia, Walter Lewis, and I—with support from the current Villarreal administration, is designing and will build the model railroad layout and static exhibits, perhaps with the participation of local architecture students. The group welcomes support and the participation of new members who are interested in helping with the formation of the museum. Please contact me at 415 152 5652, david.stea@gmail.com, or Walter Lewis at walter.j.lewis@gmail.com.


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