Letter to the Mayor of Albuquerque, NM

June 17, 2012

Honorable Mayor
Richard J. Berry
Office of the Mayor
PO Box 1293
Albuquerque, NM 87103

Dear Mayor Berry,

On behalf of the entire membership of NMSL&RHS, please accept my sincere appreciation for your recent visit to our restoration site of the ATSF 2926 steam locomotive. As soon as the year 2014 the 2926 will be under steam once again 58 years after her placement in Coronado Park.  Local excursions in New Mexico and longer cross country runs are anticipated.

The ideal, safe and permanent home for this locomotive would be in the Albuquerque Railyards, near the turntable, outfitted as a working museum where the 2926 could be visited by the public and maintained between operations.

Attached are several documents showing how a home in a corner of the railyards would be practical today as a maintenance shop and display space, but aesthetically and historically representative of the by-gone steam era. Space for visiting steam locomotives would allow other societies with a operating mainline steam locomotives such as the ATSF 5000 (Amarillo, Texas) and the ATSF 3751 (San Bernardino, California) to visit and operate out of Albuquerque. This kind of activity would generate considerable tourism. City income derived from private passenger rail car storage on the finger tracks of the turntable would be considerable. Thank you for your time and attention.  May I remain . . .

Respectfully yours,

Michael F. Hartshorne, MD

President, NMSL&RHS