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New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society

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Address: 1833 8th St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102-1210
Phone Number: +1 505-246-2926
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The volunteers of the New Mexico Steam Locomotive & Railroad Historical...

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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Interesting - Makes you appreciate a Boeing 777

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Spiro2016
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

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Jim V, Public Relations Manager at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, responded to this review

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 up IS difficult. But Santa Fe 2926 is ready to come out in public soon,... More 

Prospect Hill, North Carolina
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 beautiful engine. Found out it runs on oil, not coal. Many hardworking hours have been... More 

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Jim V, Public Relations Manager at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, responded to this review

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 can see and hear it roll on the mainline again soon! More 

Ames, IA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 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 hard hat and one of the volunteers guides you around the site and tells you... More 

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Jim V, Public Relations Manager at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, responded to this review

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 and the ground vibrate as the drive wheels move passengers once again... Please visit our... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 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!!!

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Jim V, Public Relations Manager at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, responded to this review

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. We invite everyone to visit our web site, become a member, and see all the... More 

Albuquerque, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

The New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society has been engaged in restoring Santa Fe 2926--a 1944 Baldwin 4-8-4 steam locomotive for over 13 years with the goal of having it fully operational by the summer of 2017. Over $2 million and over 130,000 man-hours of work have gone into the restoration so far. The worksite is open for... More 

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Jim V, Public Relations Manager at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, responded to this review

David, thanks for your very informative review...! To share an idea of what 130,000 work-hours really means, it is equal to one person working for 44 years without a day off...! And a LOT of the manhours are really Womanhours...! And... these hours do not include thousands of hours volunteers spend on our web site, our Facebook page, our videos,... More 

Sedona, Arizona
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15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

This is a great place to wander, read, and investigate. If you're a train lover it is worth the time to meander, although I would take the tour on a much cooler day. We packed a lunch and sat in some shade, listened to a sweet elderly gentlemen share his wealth of knowledge. A charming stop and a fun activity... More 

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Jim V, Public Relations Manager at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, responded to this review

Thanks for your thoughtful review! The Santa Fe 2926 restoration project does have interesting aspects for young and old, and both train lovers and "normal people"! We would like to invite you (and EVERYONE!!!) to attend our Annual Open House on Saturday, September 24, from 9 to 5. Enjoy free live music, hot dogs, popcorn, soda, and special demonstrations and... More 

Michigan
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405 reviews
242 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016

We received a great tour of the restoration site and the locomotive itself. The people who work on the locomotive are a very hardworking bunch, and enjoy what they do. We even got to see the locomotive be pushed back into the newly built engine house. This is a must-see if in the ABQ area.

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Jim V, Public Relations Manager at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, responded to this review

Casey Jones... Thanks for your great review...! Our volunteer gals and guys really enjoy showing Santa Fe 2926 and the restoration progress... AND they really appreciate a few kind words of appreciation..!! The new Engine House was a huge gift from our supporters around the world. If you would like to support our efforts, please join our Membership Roster at... More 

Lubbock, Texas
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30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

My husband has been following the work of the volunteers restoring this locomotive engine via Facebook and had been eager to see it We were not disappointed The volunteer workmen are bringing this large me mechanical piece of history to life again The men on site we glad to talk to us, tell us about the work they were doing,... More 

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Jim V, Public Relations Manager at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to share how much you enjoyed your visit...! The men (AND women!) volunteers love sharing the amazing story of Santa Fe 2926's life, near extinction and (almost) return to life again. Yes, our Julie does a great job sharing the action on our Face book page. If your husband chooses to become a Member at... More 

Minnesota
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59 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

My husband is a train buff so whenever we visit a new town I always look for something train related for him to see. The only thing located here is a steam locomotive and tender which the society is restoring in an effort to make this engine run again. I found it fascinating that this restoration was happening by primarily... More 

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Jim V, Public Relations Manager at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, responded to this review

Thanks from our volunteer crew for your great review! We love visitors, answering questions, and making friends from near and far. We invite everyone to support our hard work and success. We hope you also enjoy our on line site and Face book pages. Annual memberships are very reasonable, and your husband will enjoy our weekly progress reports via email.... More 

Blythewood, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2016

Almost everyone will find this of interest. Good for all ages and backgrounds. So many aspects to appreciate.

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James V, Public Relations Manager at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, responded to this review

Thanks for taking a moment to share your warm review! You are correct... Santa Fe 2926 is very interesting from many standpoints, including historical, engineering, transportation, recreation, volunteerism and New Mexico tourism. Visitors of all ages find a lot to like in a big steam locomotive! You can learn even more at our social media outlets. More 

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