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Trolley Tour Takes In All That’s ‘Bad’

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — This is a different kind of three-hour tour. In fact, it’s going to be bad.

After years of working on it, ABQ Trolley Co. has the green light to take “Breaking Bad” fanatics on a tour of locations around the Duke City.

“We got permission from Sony about the tour,” said Jesse Herron, co-owner of ABQ Trolley Co. “Both Mike (Silva) and I are huge fans, so it’s a dream come true for us.”

If you go
WHAT: “The Bad Tour” presented by ABQ Trolley Co.
WHEN: 4-7:30 p.m. July 15
WHERE: Albuquerque Convention Center, loading zone at Third and Tijeras NW
HOW MUCH: $60 available at midnight July 1 at www.abqtrolley.com

“The Bad Tour” will have its first run on July 15, which is the day the critically acclaimed TV returns for its fifth season.

On the tour, fans will be able to see the sites where the show is filmed.

“Breaking Bad” has been filming in Albuquerque for the past six years and is set in the Duke City. It follows Walter White, played by Emmy winner Bryan Cranston, who is a struggling high school chemistry teacher who turns to a life of crime, producing and selling methamphetamine with a former student, Jesse Pinkman, played by Emmy winner Aaron Paul, with the aim of securing his family’s financial future before he dies.

Herron says the locations will include White’s house, Pinkman’s house, the car wash, Saul’s law office, Tuco’s hideout and around the Railyards in Downtown Albuquerque.

“We’ve had a lot of people asking us about doing a tour like this,” Herron said. “So we’ve mulled it over and are excited to put the tour on and see how the fans react.”

Herron says that over the past three years, the duo has worked in some mentions of the “Breaking Bad” locations during its regular trolley tours.

“When we find out that there are fans of the show on the trolley, they go nuts,” he says of pointing out the locations. “We’ve had about 20,000 people take the tour over three years and we’ve told each one about the show.”

The tour runs 3 1/2 hours, which includes dinner and a private viewing part of the season five premiere.

Herron and Silva found success a few years ago with their “Trolleywood” tour. And the duo plan to resurrect the tour later this summer with some new features.

Silva said with help from students at the Digital Arts and Technology Academy, they have put together video footage that coincides with the tour.

“So we’ll drive by one of the scenes from a movie that has filmed here,” he explains. “And while we talk about the location, we’ll have footage from the film that goes along with it. It’s something different and it adds to the show.”

Silva said there also will be prizes and trivia for the trolley guests.

“We’re going to make this night an educational and fun event,” he said. “Hopefully there will be enough demand to extend the tour and add more things.”
— This article appeared on page C1 of the Albuquerque Journal


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