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New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society

1833 8th St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87125
+1 505-246-2926
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Very detailed information....over my head!

Kudos to this team for volunteering on this project and bringing this locomotive back to working... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
candlava
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Juneau, Wisconsin
Steam Still Rules the Rails.....

My wife and I recently visited New Mexico and spent 4 days in Albuquerque doing the usual... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
pparrothead
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Wilmington, North Carolina
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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.
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1833 8th St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87125
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Kudos to this team for volunteering on this project and bringing this locomotive back to working order. Our first guide was providing extremely detailed information about the project. My son and I had no idea what he was talking about. Not sure if that is...More

1  Thank candlava
Jim V, Public Relations Manager at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for visiting the Santa Fe 2926 restoration project and site. As you mentioned, all of our workers are volunteers, and they are accomplishing a tremendous feat..! Our visitors range from children and adults who are seeing a steam locomotive for the first time, to...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My wife and I recently visited New Mexico and spent 4 days in Albuquerque doing the usual sightseeing, shopping, etc. Since I am a "railfan", I wanted to check out the restoration of this old Santa Fe Steam Engine. We drove around looking for it...More

1  Thank pparrothead
Jim V, Public Relations Manager at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

The Santa Fe 2926 team is delighted that you took the time to visit and also to write such a nice review! The giant locomotive's size, beautiful new condition and outstanding future are all spectacular. We invite you and everyone to help us finish this...More

Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

This is an amazing project and our tour guide really explained the history of this steam locomotive, the project, and the future plans. These locomotives were built during WWII - steam was used because diesel was reserved for the military. The locomotive was used for...More

Thank CJGinFL
Jim V, Public Relations Manager at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, responded to this reviewResponded 23 April 2017

Thanks for your fantastic review. We could not explain it any better...! Our web site and F B page will keep you current, and they offer an easy way to help as a supporting Member. Thanks again...!!!

Reviewed 14 March 2017

The group that is working on restoring this Santa Fe 4-8-4 steam locomotive has been on the job for over 13 years--all volunteer effort. They are hoping to have the locomotive back in steam by the end of 2017. The size and complexity of this...More

Thank David J
Jim V, Public Relations Manager at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, responded to this reviewResponded 15 March 2017

Thanks for your great review, David. The complexity IS interesting. There are thousands of old parts that are being rebuilt (or replacements made) to tolerances in the thousands of an inch. The volunteers designed, built and installed a complex 2017-style air/electronic braking system... and the...More

Reviewed 18 February 2017

I saw an advertisement, We had never been to the site. it was definately fin and exciting. I would definately go back...More

Thank John F
Jim V, Public Relations Manager at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, responded to this reviewResponded 23 February 2017

We are very happy that you visited, and found the restoration progress on Santa Fe 2926 exciting! Thanks for mentioning that you saw the advertising... its great to know how people found us. It's fun to visit now, but just imagine how amazing it will...More

Reviewed 14 February 2017

We stopped by and found the volunteers knowledegable about the engines they are restoring. We willingly made a donation at the end of our visit as they are completing a massive restoration that everyone can enjoy.More

Thank gabrielemW9880GH
Jim V, Public Relations Manager at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, responded to this reviewResponded 15 February 2017

The Santa Fe 2926 volunteers are delighted that you enjoyed your visit, and really appreciate your encouraging words and generosity...! And yes... bringing 480 tons of cold, rusted steel back to life as a living, breathing steam locomotive IS a massive restoration! Please stay in...More

Reviewed 16 November 2016

The place was interesting. Dedicated people to revive a transportation relic from days gone by. The locomotive is located in a hard-to-find place but where else can you park a 85 year old steel monster. Worth the effort of finding it.More

1  Thank Spiro2016
Jim V, Public Relations Manager at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, responded to this reviewResponded 19 November 2016

Thanks for your very interesting review...! We are delighted that you were able to find our "World Headquarters" (restoration site). You are correct beyond belief... finding a place to park a million-pound, 121 foot historic monster for 14 years to rebuild it from the ground...More

Reviewed 15 November 2016

A bit on the hard to find side, but worth it. You check in, get a hard hat and off you go. They give you a great tour of the engine and the staff is very knowledgeable about the history and the mechanics of this...More

1  Thank ohplease40
Jim V, Public Relations Manager at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, responded to this reviewResponded 19 November 2016

ohplease40... Your wonderful review is very encouraging to our amazing volunteer workers! Way over 100,000 man (and Woman) hours of VERY hard work have gone into bringing Santa Fe 2926 nearly to operation. Thanks for your support...! Let's all support the work so that we...More

Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

We decided to do this at the last minute, so it was lucky for us that it happened to be a Wednesday since they are open on Wednesdays and Saturdays only. The location is signed, but not obvious. When you check in, you get a...More

Thank LSR00
Jim V, Public Relations Manager at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2016

Hello, LSR00...! Thanks for your warm Review and 5-Star Rating...!!! Yes... as you found, all of our volunteers LOVE visitors, and love to tell the story of Santa Fe 2926, including helping to win 2 wars! You can also help to hear the whistle wail...More

Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

Brought young grand kids for a walk around and found more than expected. Great team giving tours got the kid involved with blowing whistle and ringing the bell. I think they had as much fun is I did. Thanks!!!More

Thank Greg B
Jim V, Public Relations Manager at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, responded to this reviewResponded 2 October 2016

Everyone on the Santa Fe 2926 team is happy that you enjoyed your visit, and appreciate that you took time to write a nice review...! The immense size of the locomotive awes everyone young and old, and we love to share something interesting for everyone....More

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