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Address, expo to be held at Albuquerque Rail Yards
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Albuquerque's locomotive repair shops were once a driving force in the city’s economy.
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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.

Developers Say the Empty Rail Yard Is a Perfect Place to Build Wind Towers

The U.S.-based manufacturer has plants in the United States and Canada and is looking to open a third somewhere in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas or New Mexico. Renaissance president Ed Casebier estimates the plant could create up to 300 manufacturing jobs. Casebier and AED president Gary Tonjes hope incentives such as job training funds, tax credits and industrial revenue bonds, which are available to manufacturers, will swing the deal in Albuquerque’s favor. Demand for the towers has dramatically grown as utilities worldwide seek pollution-free ways to produce electricity to meet consumer needs.

New Mexico is among the top six wind energy producing states in the nation with four major wind ranches capable of producing a total of 407 megawatts of electricity. A fifth wind ranch, currently under construction, will bring that up to 497 megawatts.

Albuquerque Journal