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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.


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.