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IT’S NATIONAL TRAIN DAY - on May 8th!!!!!

So let's get ready and meet to share our national train heritage and enjoy Locomotive Saturdays at our own local train museum. Explore regional transportation history, and see freight trains passing by and for kicks ring the locomotive bell at the Southern Arizona Transportation Museum. This every Saturday event is free, but limited in its presentation hours, which run from 10AM to 1PM. So the group will meet there at 11:30AM, but if you are a true aficionado, I suggest you get there earlier to see all that you would like. At 1PM we will move over to THE CUP which is located in the Hotel Congress for a late lunch. This is one of the true treasures of Tucson. I have always enjoyed lollygagging on their patio sipping or dipping something through an afternoon. It has been a wonderful way to get through the heat of summer which is not yet upon us. In that THE CUP always has a line, I will be making reservations for any group larger than four. Any number lower than that, we will wait the typical in-line wait as an interested party hoping to be served. Also, we will need to “live” to whatever reservation number we make because it is a smaller facility that generally does not take reservations. So on this event, our word is definitely our word and I will shut off reservations twenty-four hours prior to the event. If you cannot attend, please cancel at that time.

Parking on a Saturday morning should be available along Toole or the small parking lot at Hotel Congress or at the Train Depot where we met for another event at Maynard’s. The Pennington Street garage is just a couple of blocks away.

I will be wearing a small Mickey Mouse sculpture attached to my red sunglasses so that you may identify me. I will get to the museum at 11:20AM and be waiting just outside the main entry door for everyone to assemble until 11AM. We will enter the museum at 11AM. If you are running late, it is a small museum, and hopefully you will find us. If you don’t, just enjoy the museum and be at THE CUP at 11AM. THE TWO VENUES ARE ONE BLOCK APART FROM EACH OTHER. Museum at: 414 North Toole Avenue
http://www.tucsonhistoricdepot.org/Locomotive_Saturdays.html:

The Cup at: 311 East Congress within the Hotel Congress
http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/59/640374/restaurant/Congress-Street/The-Cup-Cafe-Tucson

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  • Rosie B.

    Hi..three of us went to the May 3rd. Train Museum Meetup however we did not see anyone else there. We had a great time learning about the chronological history of train transportation in Tucson. We went to lunch at a new restaurant downtown called, "Proper." They have outstanding food. Hope to do another meetup with you soon.

    May 4

    • Deb888

      Thanks for the clarification, although you did leave the other word that you had posted unexplained. I am very sorry that you did not connect with the others. Some people just don't show up and don't even bother to give a change of plans notices. Whether I join in or not, I am always hopeful that the participants will try to bridge the potential connection gap. My gut feel was that the museum would carry the day, since you self-identified yourselves as aficianados and I am glad you found a new restaurant that you will enjoy.

      May 4

  • Rosie B.

    Hi..We just talked to a friend of ours who is coming with us on the tour of the train museum. There will be 3 of us total. We will meet you at the museum at 11:00 am and will plan on eating at the "Cup" café at 1:00pm. Thanks for organizing this. ;)

    May 2

    • Deb888

      Thank you Rosie that makes (6) people who are going and it equates to (2) groups of people who already know each other and will be coming together. In that I will not be attending, I have posted below how to meet with each other so that the two groups will find each other. Have a great time and let us know what you thought.

      May 2

  • Bev H.

    Probably won't make this event, realized I already had 2 other events going on that day while I'll be in Tucson and timing will be in a crunch getting to and from. I am a train history fan, so was hoping to stop by and say hello, but better to un-rsvp than be a no-show and have people waiting.

    April 29

    • Deb888

      Thank you for your courtesy. There will be other opportunities on the site.

      April 30

  • Deb888

    Since I will not be able to be there, please meet at 11:20AM just outside the main door, as originally posted and since there are currently four of you meeting, please be proactive to introduce yourselves. You do not need to wait beyond 11:30AM for anyone else whether the show up or not. With only four (4) there are no reservations taken at the The Cup. Put your name on the seating list and it is generally a little bit of a wait, but have something nice to drink or nosh while waiting. If I were there I would run over about 12:30 and put our name on the list for a table. Have a great day and again, sorry I have to change my plans.

    April 29

  • Rosie B.

    Thanks for organizing this...we are really looking forward to visiting the train museum and a lunch at "The Cup." ;)

    April 19

  • Deb888

    Correction: I will get to the museum at 11:20AM and wait just outside the door for everyone to assemble by 11:30 AM and will enter the museum at 11:30AM.

    April 19

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