National Train Day rolls into Albuquerque

May 11th, 2013 at 11:14 am by under Latest Posts

The crew restoring a monster steam engine that once sat in in Albuquerque park got a little help from Amtrak today staging for National Train Day.

Early Saturday morning an Amtrak engine moved the steam engine’s fuel tender to the Alavardo Transportation Center where it joined other equipment for the day’s events.

(KRQE News 13′s Bob Martin covered the move for KRQE News 13 at 5:30 p.m.)

Train Day events run from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Amtrak and Rail Runner Express stations on First Street SW and via free shuttle at the Wheels Museum off Second Street SW.

The annual national event celebrates modern and historic railroads on or near May 10, the anniversary of driving the golden spike that completed the first transcontinental railroad in 1869.

Amtrak, Rail Runner Express, BNSF Railway and model railroad clubs will have equipment on display, and there will be food and entertainment.

The free event is sponsored by the Rio Metro Regional Transit District and Amtrak.  Steam engine 2926 is being restored by the New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society.


Steam engine 2929 fuel tender. Bill Diven/KRQE



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