New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, Albuquerque

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Must see · Specialty Museum · Hidden Gem · Landmark
SANTA FE 2926 puts steam back on the map again! Monday, August 20, 2018, New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society fired up the boiler of the AT&SF No. 2926 steam locomotive for the first time since the early 1950s. Over the next two days tests and inspections were performed as the boiler was gradually pressurized to 240 pounds per square inch. The Federal Railway Administration inspector was in attendance. The steam was used to clean out the inside of the rebuilt boiler taking away decades of grit and dirt from the three miles of steel boiler tubing and passage ways inside the locomotive. The fire was killed on the morning of Wednesday August 22 and the public invited to tour the still warm locomotive as guests of the NMSL&RHS. Hundreds visited along with local and national media interested in this story. For the past 17 years, the all-volunteer organization has functioned as a skilled industrial team - a team utilizing (and often fabricating) a variety of equipment, instruments, tools, and machines. They have worked outside in a dirty, sooty, greasy environment, exposed to a variety of weather conditions. Many milestones could not have been reached without the dedication of the volunteers and the generosity of loyal supporters from the US and around the world. As 2926 nears operation, the society will begin to focus on its next goal - steam rail excursions and becoming a major tourist attraction in the state of New Mexico. The challenges and costs are many for this goal! SANTA FE 2926 is on its way!! NMSL&RHS is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization and is listed on both the City of Albuquerque and State of New Mexico historic registers. (www.2926.us)
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  • Tour Guide was not rushed. Imparted tons of info. And was enjoying giving the tour. Introduced us to all the people on site.  more »
  • My son (12) and a friend are all train nerds and we visited on a cold Saturday. The folks were working on the train and stopped to show us the many details that interested us. They have performed...  more »
  • It was a very interesting visit. The guide showed us systems that we hadn't seen before and was very knowledgeable about their operation. Everyone is very friendly.  more »
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  • Awesome visit! This place got me goosebumps, hats off to the people working there. A gentleman gave us a very knowledgeable tour of locomotive from its history to their efforts to make it run again! It was very kind of them to offer us water and make us stand in the shade whenever he feels that the explanation will be longer. I recommend this place 100% and request people to do a small donation to preserve history! 😊
  • Great work; I can't wait to see her steaming down the mainline.
  • Super interesting and different place to visit. The train is being restored by a bunch of really passionate volunteers. We got a really detailed account of how trains shaped Albuquerque into what it is, and that was great. Plus, you get to sit inside of it.
  • If you like trains or mechanical items, this is an absolute must see. Everyone there is very welcoming and happy to share about the train. Highly recommend visiting.
  • This is a great stop for anyone but especially train buffs. The volunteers were so nice and really knowledgeable about the trains and love sharing what they know.

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