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Trains on the Frontier

What:

An exhibit of train-themed Western art that will be sold at auction to benefit the Arizona Historical Society.

Where:

Arizona Historical Society Museum, 949 E. Second St., west of North Park Avenue near the University of Arizona campus.

When:

Art exhibit opens Sept. 16 and continues through Oct. 22. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays; closed Sundays. ● Artists' reception is 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 16. ● Live art auction is Oct. 23.

How much:

● Museum admission is $5; discounts available. Free the first Saturday of the month. ● Admission to the reception is free. ●

Legends and Legacies Auction is $30 and is open to the public

but requires an invitation by calling 617-1142.

Parking:

Free parking one block west of the museum in the covered parking structure at East Second Street and North Euclid Avenue. (Get parking stub validated at the museum.)

Information:

628-5774

Et cetera:

The Arizona Historical Society, which has an extensive collection of Arizona artifacts, documents and photographs, is available for research, educational programs and tours. ● In addition to the permanent exhibits and the upcoming "Trains on the Frontier," "Río Viejo/Rio Nuevo: Uncovering Tucson's Past" is on exhibit at the historical society's main museum through May 26. ● The other three Tucson museums that feature exhibits on the history of the region: Fort Lowell Museum

, 2900 N. Craycroft Road, near East Glenn Street. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays. $3; discounts available. 885-3832. Downtown Museum

, 140 N. Stone Ave. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. $3; discounts available. 770-1473. Sosa-Carrillo Frémont House Museum,

Tucson Convention Center complex, 151 S. Granada Ave., Downtown. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays. $3; discounts available. 622-0956.

More railroad fun around town

Got trains coursing through your blood? There are a couple more railroading experiences in Tucson.

The Gadsden-Pacific Division Toy Train Operating Museum Ltd.

is developed and maintained by a charitable, nonprofit organization that advances interest in model railroading. The museum is located at 3795 N. Miller Ave., south of West Gardner Lane and west of North Romero Road.

The interactive museum of operating toy train layouts and displays took a break in July and August but will be open 12:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday and Sept. 25.

It's free, but donations are accepted. 888-2222.

Southern Arizona Transportation Museum, The Historic Depot,

414 N. Toole Ave., north of Broadway, Downtown, is dedicated to telling the story of the railroad in Tucson. It's the spot you can see Southern Pacific steam locomotive No. 1673.

It's open noon-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays.

It's free, but $2 is the suggested donation. 623-2223.

Contact reporter Sherri Lacy at 573-4114 or slacy@azstarnet.com.