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Albuquerque Rail Yards Collection

The Historic Locomotive Shops on the Rail Yards site were built by the AT&SF Railway between 1914 and 1924 as a maintenance and repair facility for steam locomotives that served the southwestern United States and was one of only four such facilities built for that purpose. (The other three being located in Topeka, Kan., Cleburne, Texas, and
San Bernardino, Calif.).

The shop complex was outfitted with the latest engineering technology for locomotive repair and industrial efficiency. As such, the shops were an integral part of the AT&SF’s railroad transportation system, which provided freight and passenger service for more than six decades.

The Locomotive Shops also played an integral part in the economic history of Albuquerque by their status as the second largest industrial complex in the state and the city’s largest employer. The shops played a major role in the city’s economic development, particularly in the adjacent neighborhoods of Barelas, South Broadway and San Jose (Dodge et al, 2014).

Events

New Lego exhibit at the Wheels Museum. View The New Mexico Lego Users Group has
partnered with WHEELS to have a beautiful Lego Train layout for children of all ages to enjoy. The exhibit will vary from season to season and we invite you to come see this new Lego train exhibit.

Do you have a few hours each month to help the Wheels Museum? Volunteers are needed so the Museum can be open more; run the model railroad trains, also help needed with events, marketing, fund raising. Call Leba Freed at (505) 243-6269.

Febuary 16, 11 am. Bob Bovee Long Steel Rails concert. This program for all ages presents songs and stories about the famous trains, rail workers, hobos, train wrecks and train robbers. Call or email Leba Freed for reservations at (505) 243-6269 or leba4@aol.com.

March 17, Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at WHEELS. Movie, tours, train ride and food celebration.

April 1, 1 pm. Doug Figgs and Badger. Back by popular demand. By reservations only (505) 243- 6269. Doug’s show was sold out last year, so call early! Donation: $10.00.

April 8, 11 am. “Historic Albuquerque” Ronn Perea will present old Albuquerque anecdotes including delightful stories about our beloved Alvarado Hotel and the politicians, actors and entertainers who stayed there. This is a free event but, of course, donations are always appreciated.

April 22, Wheels Museum Day trip to Rancho De Chimayo Restaurante, El Santuario de Chimayo and the Santa Fe Plaza. Call Leba or Janet at (505) 243-6269 for more information. The museum is a 501C3 non-profit community organization whose mission is to create a transportation museum at the downtown Albuquerque Steam Locomotive Repair Shops.

May 19-May 23, Train trip to the Grand Canyon. Only a few spaces left.Scheduled through Amtrak Vacations, call Leba or Janet at (505) 243-6269 for reservations and more information.