Atchison, Topeka, & Santa Fe Railway Locomotive Shops

By Edith Cherry and James See November 11, 2023The Guide to New Mexico Architecture The railroad came to Albuquerque in 1880, and by 1930 had transformed the farming village into a commercial center for the state. By 1919, the Atchison, Topeka, & Santa Fe Rail Yards employed one quarter of the city’s work force, and […]

30 Best Things to Do in Albuquerque

Nothing quite beats the charm of a Saturday morning at the Wheels Museum Inc. The delightful whiff of history, old iron and steam takes me back to a time I only know from the stories I’ve heard.

The Story of the Fred Harvey Company

In the late 1800s passenger service improved as entrepreneur Fred Harvey introduced an unprecedented level of amenities and service in his Harvey Houses across the southwest United States. For the first time travelers could experience an exceptional meal and comfortable bed on their western trek. More>>

Can you help identify the men who worked in the Santa Fe Shops?

We have a photo of many of the men who worked in the shops. Sadly, they’re gone now, but we are hoping family members may be able to identify them. Santa Fe Shops Albuquerque, New Mexico circa 1940’s my grandfather Meliton is somewhere in this picture. Courtesy of Meliton Martinez More. Another photo of men […]


COFFEE AND CULTURE – OCTOBER 21 & 22, 2023 A podcast hosted by Richard Eeds with Leba Freed, the Founder of The Wheel’s Museum @ The Railyard in Albuquerque’s Barelas District. COFFEE AND CULTURE

Lionel Polar Express model train set give away

The Rio Grande Chapter of the TCA has partnered with the Wheels Museum to help with the operation of the O gauge display in the museum. We are dedicated to the preservation of toy trains and the history that these items preserve. We also enjoy the operation of those trains both old and new. This […]

Wheels Museum Fall 2023 Newsletter

Wheels Museum Fall 2023 Newsletter Wheels Museum is a non-profit, volunteer run organization. We very much would like to be open for more hours, but we need more volunteers to be able to do so. If you are interested call Leba or Janet at (505) 243-6269.  The Wheels Museum, Inc. is a 501C3 non-profit community […]

If it Moves, If it Spins, You’ll Find it Here

True West Magazine July/August 2022 Jana Bommersbach This truly was the “engine” for Albuquerque. The first thing Rabbi Isador Freed did in 1920, as he de-parted the train in a dusty New Mexico town, was drop to his knees and declare, “Albuquerque is a special paradise on earth, and we will never leave this place.” It […]

New Exhibits

Box Seats from Tingley Field Tingley Field (originally named Apprentice Field and then Rio Grande Park) was a baseball stadium in Albuquerque, which served as the home of professional baseball in Albuquerque from 1932 to 1968.  The site of Tingley Field was originally one of several public baseball fields used by Albuquerque’s various semi-professional teams […]