New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society

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New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society

New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society
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Speciality Museums • Points of Interest & Landmarks
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Wednesday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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The volunteers of the New Mexico Steam Locomotive & Railroad Historical Society are restoring the 1944 Santa Fe (AT&SF) Steam Locomotive No. 2926, a 4-8-4 “Northern,” to be fully operational. After over 20 years of work, and with much billowing steam, hissing, and rumbling, 2926 moved under her own power in 2021! She is not a static museum piece. This is a working restoration operation staffed with skilled volunteer welders, pipe-fitters, mechanics and many other trades. Free tours are available to visitors on Wednesdays and Saturdays. You'll be issued a hard hat and a personal guide who will present a hands-on introduction to this very large and majestic locomotive, cab, and its tender! Adults, children, and groups are welcome for tours, 9AM - 2PM. You can call ahead to check if the operation is closed due to adverse weather. Parking is free and donations are important to keep the restoration moving forward. Merchandise is available for purchase from the gift shop. Bring your camera.
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Patty W
Ogden, UT927 contributions
This steam engine was built in 1943 and started running in 1944. The train sat in a park for many years, and was being restored. It took 21 years of volunteers time to restore the beauty so she would run. A volunteer spends about an hour with you explaining all about the steam engine. You do have to wear a hard hat.
Written October 3, 2021
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We agree, 2926 is a must see for train lovers! Thank you for visiting.
Written April 25, 2022
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portlander123
Portland, OR36 contributions
We are a family of train enthusiasts and this place didnt disappoint. Our guide, Mike, was so very knowledgeable. He told us so many cool things about the train, the history of railroads in NM, and also about his experience growing up in Los Alamos! We got to sit in the cab and find out all about how locos operated. Definitely check this place out and support them.
Written July 5, 2021
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Thank you for visiting and leaving us a nice review!
Written April 25, 2022
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djh272020
Las Cruces, NM1 contribution
Family
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 many amazing feats and we are looking forward to riding on it soon.
Written February 4, 2020
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Thank you for leaving us a very nice review. Come again soon!
Written February 11, 2020
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h0ushangm
Cedar Crest, NM19 contributions
the ride experience is beyong 5!. the historical value of the trip is also 5. the lady service personnel, where we reserved a VIP tickets, were so rude and arrogant. asked her where to sit, looking at us in a derogatory manner, telling us, "you....definitley belong in couch" refused to check her list of reservation for multiple times insisting that we have made the VIP reservation, , till finally she looked at the list some 10 min. latter, and found us. no aplogies for the humiliation she caused. she had already given our place to someone else and no attempt to make up for our loss. the staff operates as though, there is not oversight and they can get away with whatever behavior they feel to express at the moment.
Written May 14, 2022
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Your review is placed on the incorrect site. This is the ATSF 2926 in Albuquerque, NM. THANK YOU.
Written July 5, 2022
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Ry A
Flowery Branch, Georgia246 contributions
This is the first steam engine I've seen with the control labeled. Got a personal tour from a docent.
They've done a wonderful job with the restoration. Nice to see that they've been able to get the engine under steam again@
Written July 23, 2022
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Thank you for visiting the 2926!
Written August 8, 2022
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tom t
Albuquerque, NM3 contributions
Met Doyle Caton, one of the founding members, and discovered we knew some of the same people. He hooked me up me up with a gentleman who was a wealth of knowledge and pertinent information. Had no idea that the planning and actual restoration had covered so many years and involved so many volunteers. This restoration project and history behind it is just totally amazing. It is definitely worth taking some time to visit this project, see and hear about the progression, and get a history lesson on top of everything.
Written February 1, 2020
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Amazing connection you made! Thank you for the nice review.
Written February 11, 2020
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DAW12
Washington DC, DC32 contributions
Friends
This is a large project, staffed by a group of incredibly dedicated volunteers that are restoring a huge steam locomotive, the Santa Fe 2926. We were given an in depth tour, it was fascinating and inspirational to meet all the dedicated members of the group working on the train with such passion. The location is a little difficult to find, please see their web site for directions and more information. This is an actual working site and visitors need to check in. Open to the public two days a week on Wednesday and Saturdays, kids are welcome. This is a must see for train buffs and engineers.
Written August 6, 2012
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Debbie V
Fort Lauderdale, FL24 contributions
Family
We visited Santa Fe Steam Locomotive 2926, and the New Mexico Steam Locomotive & Railway Historical Association. It is not a "Museum" as such. It is a group of friendly, but busy, volunteers who are disassembling a huge steam locomotive, rebuilding all the parts, and putting it all back together again. It is their rail yard and work shops, and this is an AMAZING sight to see, if you enjoy history, railroads, things mechanical or seeing skilled volunteers do amazing tasks, many of which are long-lost arts. They will give you a short tour. They don't even charge... but they are busy, and they explain that donations are important to purchase the tools and supplies need to finish the job. This was well worth our time, and a nice donation to say think you and to help, in our opinion. Thanks and congratulations to them. We will definitely come back and take a train ride in a couple of years when it's rolling. It is HUGE.
Written February 11, 2013
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LisaJSM
Waterloo, IA92 contributions
Couples
Just to clarify this is not a museum, but a work site of volunteers who are restoring a WWII engine, which will eventually be used as an excursion train. If you want to see hands-on restoration, then you're in for a treat. We didn't know what to expect when we arrived, and were a little uncomfortable when we did get there. It was kind of scary looking, and everyone appeared too busy to explain anything to us. However, there was one gentleman--Andy--who kindly volunteered to take us on a tour. He did an awesome job--I learned more about WWII railroad history than I would have imagined. He was super friendly and personable. I would highly recommend asking for him if you go. Also, it is free, but they do take donations since this is all self- and grant-funded.
Written March 29, 2012
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Yishih
Sugar Land, TX15 contributions
New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society (NMSL&RHS) in Albuquerque, NM is a jewel that may be easily overlooked by visitors. I took my whole family of seven (including kids 2 to 14 of age) to the restoration site in mid July 2011, and boy were we inspired! It was the first time that we stood right next to a huge steam locomotive checking everything out with endless curiosity. Our "tour guide" Mr. Pete Adair is knowledgeable about the project and is a true gentleman. He stepped away from his tasks and accompanied my family for about an hour. During the tour, he was extremely patients with my children. All people working there are volunteers who take the project dear and near to heart. Posted in their office is a flyer "Wanted volunteers: zero pay; no fringes; dirty conditions; weird hours; limited upward mobility." I would highly recommend this site to be part of your visit to Albuquerque, NM!

Their website: http://www.nmslrhs.org/index.php
Written September 2, 2011
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