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Retired Locomotive to Move to Restoration Site

Journal Staff Report
Friday, May 3, 2002
Old steam locomotive and city landmark Santa Fe 2926 will be headed down the tracks once again.

The locomotive has been sitting on railroad siding near Menaul since it was moved from Coronado Park in the summer of 2000.

But the New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society announced Thursday that it will move the machine Saturday.

The move is made possible by two federal agencies and the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway, according to a news release.

The General Services Administration and the Bureau of Indian Affairs have made available siding facilities for the locomotive on property between Eighth and 12th streets, just south of Interstate 40.

The move will allow restoration to begin on the machine, which was delivered in 1944 to the Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. In 1956, the locomotive was donated to the city and was placed on display at Coronado Park. It has been declared a city landmark.

Moving the locomotive will allow the society to begin restoration work on it.

The move will begin about 8 a.m. at Menaul between First and Commercial streets. It is expected to take several hours to ease the big engine onto the main line and move south to a spur that will take it west to Eighth Street.

The public is welcome to watch but should be aware that the railroad right of way is restricted property. Spectators will be allowed to watch only from specified areas.

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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.

January 8, 15, 22, 29 – Sunday morning admission free from 9 am-1 pm at the Albuquerque Museum and the City’s International Balloon Museum.

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.