Another Large Steam Loco Under Restoration

Santa Fe 4-8-4 set to ride the rails again

It seems that this great big Baldwin speedster will be back in service in the not too distant future.

Currently, the society is looking for some donations to fund a shed to house this massive machine in.

They are confident it will be running before too long, which is an exciting prospect.

2926 in regular service on a passenger

One to keep an eye on.

Learn more about this engine with a couple of clips of her in regular service in this video.

 

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A nearly-restored steam locomotive could once again become the pride of railroad tracks, but not without an engine house to keep it working.

“This is a locomotive that was built in 1944, it’s a passenger locomotive,” Mike Hartshorne, president of the New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society. “And it ran in the desert southwest between Kansas City, through Albuquerque, on to San Diego.”

It chugged until about 1953, and it 1956, it ended up at Albuquerque’s Coronado Park.

“It sat there rusting, slowly, with every kid in Albuquerque falling off of it and playing on it,” Hartshorne said.

For decades, the elements rusted and ruined No. 2926, until the NMSL & RHS stepped in in 2000.

“Our idea is to completely rehabilitate this locomotive and have it operate under steam, pulling passenger excursions around New Mexico,” Hartshorne said.

With plans as grand as riding the rails to the Grand Canyon, where it once roamed the tracks.

Fifteen years, $2 million and 125,000 volunteered man hours later, the restoration is nearly complete. It’s expected to wrap up in August of 2016.

But there’s a problem.

“The one thing we don’t have is a roof,” he said.

As of now, volunteers have to cover the locomotive with tarps to protect it. But that won’t work forever.

“We don’t want to see our work go back to a pile of rust,” he said.

So the NMSL & RHS is trying to raise $200,000 for an engine house to keep No. 2926 in tip-top shape so that it can be enjoyed, as it once was, for generations to come.

The NMSL & RHS has created a GoFundMe page for the engine house, which can be found here.

Source: KRQE News

 

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