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“Restoring a Piece of History”

New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society
Ranked #55 of 217 things to do in Albuquerque
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Owner description: The volunteers of the New Mexico Steam Locomotive & Railroad Historical Society are completely restoring the 4-8-4, 1944 Santa Fe (AT&SF) steam locomotive 2926 to full running order. Fifteen years in the process, with one year to go to steam, this is not a museum. This is a working restoration operation staffed with skilled volunteer welders, pipefitters, mechanics and many other trades. Open to visitors on Wednesdays and Saturdays, you may call ahead to see if the operation is closed due to adverse weather. Admissiion is free and donations are important to keep the restoration moving forward. Adults, children and groups are welcome! Merchandise available for purchase. Visit our web site to learn more! NMSL&RHS is a non-profit 501(c)3.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children
Islamorada, Florida
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65 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Restoring a Piece of History”
Reviewed 21 June 2013

Watch a dedicated group of volunteers rebuild a complicated piece of machinery. They can't go to Home Depot when they need a part, and parts for a machine weighing half a million pounds or more are difficult to come by. The goal is to restore 2926 to operating status and use her to pull excursions on a section of the BNSF main line where she worked in her previous life.

When a friend and I visited we were greeted and guided by the safety officer. Our tour was very informative. There are no user manuals to consult for rebuilding a locomotive, so the volunteers are learning as they go. Fortunately there are still some people around who worked in the era of steam and their knowledge certainly helps. There are also some businesses who provide in-kind assistance, but the availability of funds is a concern.

If you want to see 2926, call ahead for visiting hours. Volunteers were on site on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Visited May 2013
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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16 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Amazing Site To See!”
Reviewed 11 February 2013

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.

Visited September 2012
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5 Thank Debbie V
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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42 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Dedicated volunteers”
Reviewed 21 August 2012

A friend invited us to visit and we were impressed by the dedication of those working to revive this last steam locomotive. More coverage of this endeavor is warranted along with fundraising efforts.

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4 Thank C S
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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37 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Fascinating”
Reviewed 6 August 2012

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.

Visited June 2012
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Johnstown, Colorado
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Amazing piece of history!”
Reviewed 11 June 2012

I took my three sons (ages 9 to 13) to see this massive piece of machinery. The tour was very interesting and informative about the Santa Fe 2926. I am a native of Albuquerque and remember seeing this locomotive in the park. Amazing to see it being restored to working order. Can you imagine a 1 million pound locomotive traveling 100 mph. Wow! That is the goal of this organization. The volunteers were quite willing to stop their work and tell us all about the workings of the locomotive and what they were doing to get it running again. My 9 year old had a blast (literally) blowing the train whistle. I can't wait to go see their progress next time I am in Albuquerque!

Visited June 2012
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