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Date: 09/30/23 13:14
Three Random Shots: New Mexico Railroad Days
Author: NMlurker

As posted by Chico56, New Mexico Railroad Days are underway near the old Santa Fe shops in downtown ABQ on 9/30 and 10/1. The star of the show is ex-ATSF New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society (NMSX) #2926 which returned to the mainline for the first time in ~70 years if only for a couple of miles. Also on hand but very difficult to photograph in pre-afternoon light and the closeness of the temporary fencing were Amtrak Operation Lifesaver P42 #203 and a newish BNSF ET44C4.

1. NMSX 2926 facing north on display in a temporary fenced location between the Albuquerque Amtrak station and the former Santa Fe shops which are now called the Rail Yards.

2. The locomotive is CLEAN! Given what they started with, the restoration is very impressive.

3. Prior to the display opening to the public, I wandered around the shop complex and captured a surviving Santa Fe logo along with a stone/brick version. That is the transfer table in the foreground.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/30/23 13:15 by NMlurker.








Date: 09/30/23 15:13
Re: Three Random Shots: New Mexico Railroad Days
Author: texchief1

Nice shots!

texchief1



Date: 09/30/23 16:42
Re: Three Random Shots: New Mexico Railroad Days
Author: jgilmore

Nice bunch, I wanted to run out there myself for a couple of days but we were too busy at work right now...

JG



Date: 09/30/23 18:53
Re: Three Random Shots: New Mexico Railroad Days
Author: Chico56

100% correct about conditions at the event site, but NMlurker did a good job!
Chico of



Date: 09/30/23 19:56
Re: Three Random Shots: New Mexico Railroad Days
Author: Gonut1

Is the AT&SF 2926 operable under steam or just a cosmetic restoration? Either way it looks great and if operable I sure hope she gets to strut herself on a mainline. I personally find it a travesty that so many restored steam locos are restricted to operating on a few local moles or just yard tackage. Damn the Lawyers!
Go



Date: 09/30/23 23:13
Re: Three Random Shots: New Mexico Railroad Days
Author: ATSFSuperChief

Lawyers great when you need one, but liability lawyers and Amtrak are doing what they can to overprodect their clients and screw the steam railfan community (which has been more than once, out of control).

Don, waiting for big steam on Raton Pass.



Date: 10/01/23 06:03
Re: Three Random Shots: New Mexico Railroad Days
Author: LocoPilot750

Gonut1 Wrote:
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> Is the AT&SF 2926 operable under steam or just a
> cosmetic restoration? Either way it looks great
> and if operable I sure hope she gets to strut
> herself on a mainline. I personally find it a
> travesty that so many restored steam locos are
> restricted to operating on a few local moles or
> just yard tackage. Damn the Lawyers!
> Go
Yes, completely restored to service.



Date: 10/01/23 10:23
Re: Three Random Shots: New Mexico Railroad Days
Author: ATSFSuperCap

What are the two hinged flat panels behind the worker in photo 2?     The loco in service did not have any such panels.



Date: 10/01/23 10:40
Re: Three Random Shots: New Mexico Railroad Days
Author: HotWater

ATSFSuperCap Wrote:
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> What are the two hinged flat panels behind the
> worker in photo 2? 

Probably covering the gasoline generator which provides electrical power for the PTC system.

   The loco in service did
> not have any such panels.

Right, but then it didn't have PTC back then either.



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