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Wheels Museum is a non-profit organization that works to preserve the history of transportation and travel, especially as it pertains to Albuquerque and the west. The museum is in its early stages and is located on the site of the Santa Fe Railroad Shops and yards in Albuquerque’s historic Barelas neighborhood downtown. The museum has model trains, full-sized vehicles, a gift shop, and more.

Built-in 1914 during the railroad boom, the Albuquerque rail yards serviced steam locomotives for the Santa Fe line. The yards were in operation from about 1915 to the 1960s, and during that time, the area around the railroad boomed and created what we now think of as old Albuquerque.
The railroad depot created jobs, and businesses sprang up to service the railroad’s travelers as well as those who worked at the yards. The Alvarado Hotel was nearby until it was destroyed in the early 1970s. Rail related businesses thrived for the decades that the trains ran.
Current plans are underway to restore the yards, with long term and short term goals. One of the first things to open will be a blacksmithing shop where visitors can see the dwindling art and its craftsmen.
The Wheels Museum will be part of the area’s renaissance. In the meantime, the Wheels Museum is gathering artifacts to house within its large, airy space. The museum has on display wooden wheel carriages, horse buggies, gas pumps, wagons, carts, cars, model railroads, and even a locomotive or two. The museum is home to the central idea of transportation in Albuquerque, and how that evolved over time. So a model of a horse might stand next to a Model T Ford, which are not too far away from a Mobil Oil sign of a red-winged horse, which could be found at gas stations up and down America’s roadways.

To find out more, please call (505) 243-6269 or e-mail: info@wheelsmuseum.org


Railyard Worker Commemorative Plaques. Honor a loved one who worked on the railroad, honor a WHEELS volunteer or honor the WHEELS Museum. WHEELS is now selling plaques with name plates for $100.00 per name.  Keep the memory of these people alive in perpetuity with a gorgeous wooden plaque with brass name plate. Thank those who made our city and state successful, built the railroad, continue to work to preserve our history and create our future. The plaques will be displayed in the Community Room at WHEELS.

Contact Paulette Miller Weir who is graciously supporting the project and has volunteered to orchestrate this work. Her phone number is (505) 227-3270.  Please send checks for $100.00 per name and a few other words such as dates of birth or death or job held to WHEELS Museum, PO Box 95438 Albuquerque, NM 97199 or contact Ms. Miller Weir for any questions.  We can also accept credit cars payment by calling WHEELS-6269.

June 24, 10 - Noon, “LEGO Club Meeting”. See how LEGOS become vehicles, houses, bridges, animals and view amazing Lego displays. Learn how to build with Legos and meet Lego Masters. Space is limited.  Children are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult. Call Leba at (505) 243-6269  or email to Leba4@aol.com.. Admission is free, donations are encouraged.

July 1, 1-2 pm, "Strings and Sings" Robin Howard in concert. “Strings and Sings” is a solo project of singer/songwriter Robin Howard. Robin covers all popular styles of music including Country, Classic Rock, Folk, Blues, and even original tunes. His music has earned him both praise and support from local musicians in Texas, New Mexico, and Colorado. RSVP:505-243-6269 or email to Leba4@aol.com. Fee: $ 10.00

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.