Wheels Museum
Wheels Museum
Address, expo to be held at Albuquerque Rail Yards
Wheels Museum
Wheels Museum
Albuquerque's locomotive repair shops were once a driving force in the city’s economy.
Wheels Museum
Wheels Museum
Did you know the Fred Harvey Company decided to market the Indian Detours to groups? The maximum number for a regular group Detour was 25. That would fill one of the large buses. The reservations department was stunned when they started getting inquiries from groups as large as 500. There wasn’t a hotel in New Mexico that could accommodate that many guests so the company arranged for them to stay in Pullman railroad cars parked on the sidings at Lamy, New Mexico. They were ferried around in a fleet of buses.

Travel Along the Rails HOBO Event

4 Events Rolled into One Afternoon:

  • Book Review and Signing by Ed Davis, author of “The Last Professional”
  • Silent Movie Showing of the 1928 Film, “Beggars of Life”
  • Catered Lunch by Freddy’s 
  • Hobo Attire Contest – Dress Up and Win a Prize


Time:1 pm – 4 pm

Date:Sunday, April 24th

Location:WHEELS Museum

1100 2nd Street, SW (ABQ)

Price:$ 20.00 includes catered lunch

Tickets:Call 505-243-6269 or email leba4@aol.com or jmariecoen@unm.edu

Space is limited.  

Reservations required.  

Attendees – Please bring a non-perishable food item for a local food bank donation.

About Ed Davis, Featured Speaker:

Author and former train-hopper/hobo,  Ed Davis, will discuss and sign his book, “The Last Professional.”  Join us in riding this train, a trip that began in a boxcar over 40 years ago.  In the tradition of Jack Kerouac, this book tells the story of two travelers linked by the yearning to wander and the quest for a simpler life.

Hobo Style Menu Catered by Freddy’s Includes:

All Beef Hot Dog

Bowl of Chile

Frozen Custard


Silent Movie Beggars of Life:

Beggars of Life is a1928 silent film American film directed by William Wellman and starring Wallace Beery and Richard Arlen as hobos, and Louise Brooks as a young woman who dresses as a young man and flees the law. The film is regarded as Brooks’s best American movie.

Dress Up (or down) in Hobo Attire:

This is totally optional, but you might win a prize for best HOBO attire if you choose to “dress down”!

Tour The Museum:

The opportunity to tour the museum is available to all who attend.

City of Albuquerque Covid guidelines will be observed.

Doug Figgs in Concert

International Western Music Association’s 2021 Male performer of the Year

Doug Figgs International Western Music Association’s 2021 Male performer of the Year
along with many other songwriting and performance awards including two “Wrangler Awards”.

Saturday April 2 2022, at 1:00 pm
Wheels Museum
1100 2nd St SW Albuquerque NM 87102

Tickets are $10 each, with limited seating.
Please call (505) 243-6269 or e-mail at info@wheelsmuseum.org for tickets and more information.

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Train Trip to the Historic La Posada Hotel in Winslow, Arizona

Train Trip to the Historic La Posada Hotel in Winslow, Arizona
Friday, April 15 – Sunday, April 17, 2022
Offered by the Wheels Museum in Albuquerque

Enjoy two nights at this restored historic landmark. A world-renowned American treasure, this
special place is one of the last of the great trackside Harvey Hotels. Built in 1929, at the time it was
the finest hotel constructed by the Santa Fe Railroad. The restoration has brought the hotel back
to its former comfort and grandeur.
The trip will include:

  • Social get-together prior to the trip to meet your fellow travelers
  • Two nights lodging at La Posada
  • Private tour of the hotel to learn about the history and view historic artifacts
  • Roundtrip train transportation
  • Saturday breakfast and dinner
  • Hotel gratuities
  • Visit to the Old Trails Museum/Winslow Historical Society and the former Hubbell Trading Post.

You will also have the opportunity to take pictures at the site of the Eagles first hit single, Take It Easy.
The song has the lyric “Standin’ on a corner in Winslow Arizona, such a fine site to see, it’s a girl my
lord in a flatbed Ford, slowin’ down to take a look at me.”

Tour cost: $1000 for two people sharing a room, $650 for a single
Donation of $100 per couple and $50 per single will be tax deductible

Contact: Donna Pedace at pedaceabq@aol.com or (505) 349-8850 to book your space.

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Leba Freed – Albuquerque’s Wheels Museum

Leba Freed has been recognized by the Albuquerque Historical Society with an Albuquerque History Accolade for her efforts over two decades to preserve Albuquerque’s historic railyards and for creating a museum that honors the nation’s history of transportation.

Leba Freed’s family is one of the mainstay families in Albuquerque’s history. Her father created Freed and Company which had a store on Central downtown for decades. Leba worked there as a child and became the owner/operator later in life. During these years, she rarely gave any notice to the abandoned buildings that were mostly home to pigeons in the 1990s. However, a visit there to the enormous structures caused her to envision turning these industrial Gothic spaces into a world-class museum of transportation. She imagined that the museum would showcase how all forms of transportation have contributed to the nation’s prosperity and the history of Albuquerque specifically. It would pay tribute to the men and women who built the buildings and worked there helping to move people and goods across the country.


© 2022 Albuquerque Historical Society, Inc.

Wheels Museum Virtual 360° Tour

View “Virtual Tour” of the Wheels Museum

The Wheels Museum in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Leba Freed has headed a non-profit group for 20 years to bring this museum to Albuquerque. Nestled in the Barelas neighborhood, the Wheels Museum captures and preserves a vital part of Albuquerque’s history. Several display areas feature almost a million dollars’ worth of donated pieces that record some historical elements of the city of Albuquerque, as well as the history of transportation.

When the tour opens, use your mouse to control the direction and speed of the rotation. This tour features two 360 rotations of the Museum grounds as well as several panoramic views of the sculptures on the Museum grounds. The imagery features reduction or enlargement and panning. The thumbnail pictures at the bottom of the interface allows for quick selection of the desired view.

Studio Seven Productions

Since 1981,Studio Seven Productions has been producing advertising, editorial, web and fashion photography in the great Southwest; Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Los Angeles, Colorado, Arizona and Texas.

© Wheels Museum by Studio Seven Productions

New Years Eve Fundraiser Gala

WHEELS Museum Winter 2021 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

We are gratified to be fulfilling our mission by inviting so many community groups to see WHEELS and learn about the history of the Steam Locomotive Shops, past, present and our plans for the future. As you read this newsletter you will see some of the activities lately and this is really picking up steam with school groups, corporate groups, churches and clubs. If you have a group of up to fifty members please come and visit us.

You will hear and see the fascinating stories of the development of Albuquerque and the people that made it happen; the years of disuse and the years of coming back. You will see how the substantial investments by the city and the state as well as WHEELS Museum are creating a centerpiece for Albuquerque and New Mexico with Rail heritage tourism, auto displays, airplane models, model train layouts, and so much more to inspire about the journeys of our lives.

Download the Winter 2021 Newsletter

Love to all of you,

Leba Freed


OVERHAUL: A History of Albuquerque’s Locomotive Repair Shop

Historian Richard Flint shares how Albuquerque’s, expansive, now abandoned locomotive repair shops were once a driving force in the city’s economy and crucial in developing a middle class. More

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WHEELS Museum Newsletter Summer 2021

Letter from the President
Leba Freed

Dear Friends,
Passion + Persistence + Partners + Progress = WHEELS. This has been the equation for WHEELS’ success for more than twenty-five years.

When I saw the Railyards property in 1994 I fell in love. We formed a 501c3 non-profit organization in 1999 and with the help of so many we now have a site on the Railyards, our seventh location. We have a fabulous team and exhibits worth about 4 million dollars. Download

New Mexico Railroads In The Land of Enchantment

By Adam Burns

Like the roadrunner, New Mexico is historically known for high-speed trains flying across the desert in a hurry to reach either Chicago or the West Coast.

In the last 100+ years this scene has changed little as successor railroads like the BNSF Railway and Union Pacific still speed across New Mexico on their way to far away destinations, with the only interruption in this chorus being fuel stops and inspections. More