NMSL&RHS (New Mexico Steam Locomotive & Rail Road Historical Society) is a non-profit organization staffed solely by dedicated volunteers whose mission is to fully restore the Baldwin 4-8-4 Steam Locomotive, AT&SF 2926, to operational status while promoting and educating the public about the ties of State economic development with rail transportation. WWW.NMSLRHS.ORG is the only Official Website that represents the project. We have also registered WWW.2926.US as a shorter, easier to remember alias which points to the exact same website.
In the mid 1990s a group of train enthusiasts formed NMS&LRHS for the express purpose of restoring the 2926 to full running condition. At about 10:30 in the morning on June 23, 2000, the giant drive wheels rolled for the first time in forty years, as the 2926 was towed out of the park. This began a two-year pirouette, as the Society moved her about twelve blocks to their newly established "World Headquarters", as the restoration site is called, at 8th and Haines Streets. At the World Headquarters, a group of dedicated volunteers is performing the challenging tasks associated with putting the 2926 back in full running order.
Assembly of the tender has been completed for some time, although there is some minor wiring and piping still to do.
For the last couple of years, attention has been focused on the locomotive itself. Extensive inspection and re-welding repairs have been performed on the boiler, 80" driver wheels, cab and numerous mechanical parts. The boiler interior was cleaned and underwent final sand blasting recently. Extensive sheet metal repairs were done to the Cab. The Cab has now been painted and is being fitted with brand-new interior wood work. Refurbishment and assembly of the braking system is currently under way. In short, the Engine is well past the disassembly and inspection stage and well into final assembly of its re-furbished parts!
In the not-too-distant-future, we are confident the thunder of 2926 and the wail of her whistle will be heard again as she makes her way from town-to-town.