The historical Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe (AT&SF) 2926 steam engine is a massive passenger built in 1944. It ran in the American southwest until 1953 and was retired to Albuquerque’s Coronado Park in 1956 where families picnicked and children played with ‘their train’. Rescued by the New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society - a 501(c)(3) nonprofit - in 2000 and moved to a restoration site in 2002 the 2926 is open to the public for free ‘hard hat’ tours (weather permitting) every Wednesday and Saturday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Group tours can be arranged on any day by appointment. This is a great opportunity to see the restoration work as it happens and meet our NMSL&RHS volunteers bringing 2926 back to life. As of 2020, over 209,000 volunteer hours and 3.7 million dollars in contributions have been invested in the restoration and the project is about 95% completed. The AT&SF 2926 is being restored to operational status with plans to pull passenger excursions in New Mexico. The NMSL&RHS annual open house will be held Saturday, September 25, 2021 from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Other events at the locomotive are announced on the website at www.2926.us
Saturday, July 24, 2021 a Red Letter day for the 2926 Organization!
Under supervision by the Federal Railroad Administration and piloted by a professional railroad engineer and crew, AT&SF No. 2926 successfully rolled under her own steam power around 3:44 PM Saturday July 24th, 2021 - for the first time since the locomotive was taken out of service in 1953 and placed in a city park in 1956. The movements were short; only hundreds of feet back & forth since the engine was confined to the maintenance area of the spur. Hundreds of members and guests, four at a time, took short rides in the cab that day and the next. A fabulous weekend for all the volunteer restoration crew, donors and fans who have supported the restoration effort these past 22 years since her purchase for $1 from the city in 1999. The Society places her value at over $3.5M today