Albuquerque Rail Yards
AKA: Railyards, Railroad Yards, Rail Shop, Railroad Shops, Railway Shops, Albuquerque Locomotive Repair Shops. Regional maintenance and repair facility for the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway, located in the Barelas district of Albuquerque. (The yard location was originally to be Bernalillo, but high asking price for the land there resulted in the shift to Albuquerque.) Established in 1880 at First and Central and expanding five miles out to a tie-treatment plant, the Yards fostered rapid population growth in the area and at one point between a third and a half of Albuquerque's working men were employed with the Yards. The largest such facility in the Southwest, it ran 24/7 but began to decline after dieselization of rail equipment. Abandoned for decades, the rail shops have recently seen use as a filming location, and in 1997 the Wheels Museum incorporated to eventually repurpose the site and buildings as a museum of transportation. Book: Overhaul: A social history of the Albuquerque Locomotive Repair Shops by Flint & Flint.