Santa Fe 2926

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Santa Fe 2926
Type and origin
Power type Steam
Builder Baldwin Locomotive Works
Build date 1944
 • Whyte 4-8-4
Gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Driver dia. 80 in (2,032 mm)
Length 120 ft 10 in (36.83 m)
Adhesive weight 293,860 lb (133,290 kg)
Loco weight 510,150 lb (231,400 kg)
Total weight 974,850 lb (442,180 kg)
Fuel type Fuel oil
Fuel capacity 7,000 US gal (26,000 l; 5,800 imp gal)
Water cap 24,500 US gal (93,000 l; 20,400 imp gal)
 • Firegrate area
108 sq ft (10.0 m2)
Boiler pressure 300 psi (2.1 MPa)
Cylinders 2
Cylinder size 28 in × 32 in (711 mm × 813 mm)
Performance figures
Power output 4,590 hp (3,420 kW) at 40 mph (64 km/h)
Tractive effort 79,968 lbf (355.72 kN)
Factor of adh. 3.67
Operators Santa Fe
Last run 1953
Retired 1956
Current owner New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society

Undergoing restoration to operating condition

ATSF Locomotive No. 2926
Santa Fe 2926 is located in New Mexico
Santa Fe 2926
Santa Fe 2926 is located in the US
Santa Fe 2926
Location 1600 Twelfth St. NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Coordinates 35°6′11″N 106°39′15″W / 35.10306°N 106.65417°W / 35.10306; -106.65417Coordinates: 35°6′11″N 106°39′15″W / 35.10306°N 106.65417°W / 35.10306; -106.65417
Area less than one acre
Built 1944
Architect Baldwin Locomotive Works
NRHP Reference # 07000388[1]
NMSRCP # 366
Significant dates
Added to NRHP October 1, 2007
Designated NMSRCP February 28, 1975[2]

Santa Fe 2926 is a former Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway (Santa Fe) 4-8-4 steam locomotive originally built in 1944 by Baldwin (const #69814).[3] This locomotive was part of the last group of steam passenger locomotives (class 2900) built for the Santa Fe railway. This class of locomotives were the heaviest 4-8-4's built in the United States,[4] and among the largest. The railroad used the locomotive in both fast freight and passenger service, accumulating over one million miles of usage before its last revenue run on December 24, 1953. The locomotive and a caboose were donated to the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1956 in recognition of the city's 250th anniversary, and placed in a city park.

The city displayed the locomotive as a static exhibit in Coronado Park until it was sold to the New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society on July 26, 1999. On June 23, 2000, the locomotive was moved by Messer Construction Company to a BNSF Railway rail siding just south of Menaul Boulevard. Subsequently, in May, 2002, the locomotive was moved by the railroad to its current location near the intersection of 8th Street and Haines Avenue where it is undergoing restoration to operating condition by the Society.

On October 1, 2007, the locomotive was listed in the National Register of Historic Places. When the restoration is completed, 2926 will be the largest operating 4-8-4 Northern type steam locomotive in the United States. Norfolk & Western 611 is currently the largest operating 4-8-4 Northern type locomotive.

On February 11, 2016, House Memorial 100, introduced by Don L. Tripp, and adopted by the New Mexico State Legislature recognized The Santa Fe 2926 Steam Locomotive as New Mexico's Steam Locomotive and a representative of the Railroads' contributions to the economic and cultural growth and stature of New Mexico. 52nd Legislature - State of New Mexico - Second Session, 2016.


  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "New Mexico State and National Registers". New Mexico Historic Preservation Commission. Retrieved 2013-03-13. 
  3. ^ Worley, E.D. Iron Horses of the Santa Fe Trail. Southwest Railroad Historical Society. 1965.
  4. ^ Stagner, Lloyd E. Santa Fe Steam: The Last Decade. South Platte Press. 1995.

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