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In August of 2018, the BNSF operated an 18-car Business Train Special, "Roaming the American West", with executives from US, Canada, Netherlands, England and Hong Kong on board.  It was a 5-day trip from Oakland, California to Kansas City, Missouri.  In this video we catch it arriving in Albuquerque, New Mexico in August 31, 2018. 

Led by BNSF 8342, the train was wyed and the engines ran around so that BNSF 8005 was leading.  However, mechanical problems occurred and SD-40s 1714 and 1609 were attached to the point where they led the train to Lamy, New Mexico to pick up the guests who had spent the afternoon in Santa Fe and were enjoying a special dinner at the Legal Tender in Lamy.  The engines again ran around the train and BNSF 8342 once again was in the lead.  Departing later in the evening, the train continued on its journey to Kansas City.

Roster:

Mt. San Antonio - HEP car Mt. San Antonio, [Pullman-Standard 1964] ex-ATSF 88, nee-ATSF #3911 baggage-express

Eagle Pass - It is formerly the Regal Isle.  It is now a 6-bedroom crew dorm. Each room has TV and private toilet and shower facilities.

Glorieta Pass - 800665 ex-ATSF 77, nee-ATST 3914) LW baggage car

Snoqualmie Pass - This car was assigned DLWX #138 in 1990. When the Burlington Northern purchased the car in 1995, it was named Snoqualmie Pass, and renumbered BNA #30. BNSF renumbered the car to BNSF #51 in July 1998.

Rollins Pass - Originally built as Car #901831 and named Regal Spa, the car was renumbered by the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway to ATSF #68 on 05 December 1973. The car was purchased by the Santa Fe to run in its premier passenger train, the Super Chief. The car was later renumbered to BNA #68 by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway on 12 January 1996, and later renamed Rollins Pass by the BNSF in July 1998. The car's accommodations include 10 individual bedrooms. It can be configured in a suite arrangement in which the car will be able to hold five couples and two individuals, or seven people. Suites A-B, G-H, and I-J have connecting doors, which are not contained in suites C, D, E, and F.

Red River - BNSF #000003 "Red River" (business car) [Pullman 1930] (ex-BNA #3, nee-GN)

Patrick Henry Private Cars.  These beautiful cars have been featured in previous videos.  Check them out for history of these cars. 

Topeka - This car originally entered Santa Fe service as Car #5002, was then renumbered ATSF #51 on 27 September 1973. BNSF renumbered the car BNA #41 on 12 January 1996 and then again to BNSF #6 on 30 June 1998. The car has retained the name, Topeka, throughout its long history. The car has accommodations which include Staterooms A through D which have single person occupancy, as well as an observation area for eight people, and a dining area, with service for eight.

Trinchera Pass - Originally built as Car #901825 and named Regal Manor, the car was renumbered by the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway to ATSF #67 on 05 December 1973. The car was purchased by the Santa Fe to run in its premier passenger train, the Super Chief. The car was later renumbered to BNA #67 by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway on 12 January 1996, and later renamed Donner Pass by the BNSF in July 1998. The car's accommodations include 10 individual bedrooms. It can be configured in a suite arrangement in which the car will be able to hold five couples and two individuals, or seven people. Suites A-B, G-H, and I-J have connecting doors, which are not contained in suites C, D, E, and F.

Stevens Pass - This car's heritage comes from the Great Northern, who bought the car new as the Skykomish River, GN #1260. Burlington Northern renamed the car to Stevens Pass and renumbered it BNA #22. On 21 January 1999, the BNSF renumbered the car to BNSF #69. The car has been remodeled by the Great Northern in 1963 and the Burlington Northern in 1982. The car's job is to function as a crew sleeper, and can accommodate 18 crew members in two different ways: A) four bedrooms (upper & lower) for 8 people, six roomettes for 6 people, and one suite (upper & lower) for 4 people or B) six bedrooms (upper & lower) for 12 people and six roomettes for 6 people.

Raton Pass - Originally built as Car #901823 and named Regal Lane, the car was renumbered by the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway to ATSF #65 on 05 December 1973. The car was purchased by the Santa Fe to run in its premier passenger train, the Super Chief. The car was later renumbered to BNA #65 by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway on 12 January 1996, and later renamed Raton Pass by the BNSF in July 1998. The car's accommodations include 10 individual bedrooms. It can be configured in a suite arrangement in which the car will be able to hold five couples and two individuals, or seven people. Suites A-B, G-H, and I-J have connecting doors, which are not contained in suites C, D, E, and F.

Marias Pass - Originally built as Car #901820 and named Regal Hunt, the car was renumbered by the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway to ATSF #64 on 05 December 1973. The car was purchased by the Santa Fe to run in its premier passenger train, the Super Chief. The car was later renumbered to BNA #64 by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway on 12 January 1996, and later renamed Marias Pass by the BNSF in July 1998. The car's accommodations include 10 individual bedrooms. It can be configured in a suite arrangement in which the car will be able to hold five couples and two individuals, or seven people. Suites A-B, G-H, and I-J have connecting doors, which are not contained in suites C, D, E, and F.

Lake Superior - This car was originally purchased by the Northern Pacific Railway in 1958 and number NP #459. Later, in 1970, it was name Lake Superior by the Burlington Northern and renumbered B-2. The car was originally remodeled in 1982. It was again renumbered by BN to BNA #26, and then on 08 January 1999, it was again renumbered to BNSF #10 by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway. The car has dining accommodations for 48 people, and is also equipped for stereo and radio

Canyon View - The car was built by Budd in 1956 for the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad and carried the name "Silver Veranda," The car went to Amtrak and went back to Burlington Northern Railroad as part of its business fleet and was renamed "Canyon View."  In 2016, the car ran as BNSF No. 35.

Valley View - ATSF #62 1947 Pullman Club / Lounge Valley View original ATSF car

Glacier View - BN 3/70 (same number), to Amtrak 9360, used on Amtrak's "Empire Builder" until replaced by Superliners and retired 4/81, then sold/traded (for baggage cars!!!) to the BN in 1983 to become BNA-24 "Glacier View" and was assigned Amtrak private car number 800075. Smooth siding panels were removed and replaced with fluted siding as BNSF 30 (1997) - car name retained.

 


August 1968 and Denver and Rio Grande Western locomotives 483 and 484 team up to take the last revenue freight train from Chama New Mexico to Antonito Colorado. Shortly after that, the line was sold to the states of New Mexico and Colorado and plans were laid to turn the railroad into the tourist line that it is today.
Going back many years, #483 was the favorite K-36 among D&RGW engine crews.
#483 was one of the few K-36's equipped for passenger service. She often pulled the San Juan Express when a K-28 was not available, and was used on many of the three-day Alamosa-Durango-Silverton excursions in the late fifties and early- to mid-sixties.
#483 was the helper on the last westbound revenue freight on the D&RGW from Alamosa to Chama on 08/28/68, pulled the last revenue freight from Chama to Durango on 08/29/68 and the last D&RGW freight to Farmington on 08/31/68.
After being used briefly for movie work in September, 1968 for which she received the atrocious red and gold "Scarlet Harlot" paint that we recreated for the C&TS' 40th Anniversary in 2010, she pulled the National Park Service Special from Durango to Alamosa in November, 1968 - the last D&RGW passenger move over Cumbres Pass.
#483 assisted #473 in moving #481 and a short train that included cars of flues and other locomotive parts from Alamosa to Chama on December 5, 1968. #483 (and a caboose?) returned from Chama to Alamosa the next day - the very last D&RGW train over Cumbres Pass.
On September 1, 1970, #483 was turned over to the C&TS by the D&RGW; by evening Ernie Robart had re-lettered her tender from flying Rio Grande to CUMBRES AND TOLTEC SCENIC RAILROAD (with a 'Toltec Gorge Route' herald) and she had been fired up for service the next day.
During the fall of 1970, #483 was the only engine in service on the C&TS; she pulled several trains of equipment from Antonito to Lava, Big Horn, Sublette, Toltec Siding, Osier, Cumbres and Chama to free up the single track at Antonito so that construction of a rudimentary yard could begin. She also pulled the C&TS first fan trip - The Governors' Special - in early October, 1970.
Along with #484, #483 pulled several of the C&TS first revenue passenger trains in 1971 and 1972, the first C&TS dinner trains in the summer and fall of 1972, and the first photo freight - The Toltec Rattler - on October 22, 1972. By the mid-1970's #483 was simply worn out; she was set aside by 1977 and has not operated for the past 35 years.
August 25, 2018, fifty years after the last freight over Cumbres Pass, a photo freight special departs Chama with 488 renumbered 483 to honor the occasion.
 


In the mid-1990s a group of train enthusiasts formed New Mexico Steam and Locomotive Historical Society for the express purpose of restoring the AT&SF 2926 to full running condition.
Atchison and Topeka and Santa Fe 2926 is a 4-8-4 steam locomotive originally built in 1944 by Baldwin Locomotive Works. This locomotive was part of the last group of steam passenger locomotives built for the Santa Fe railway. 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. The locomotive was moved to its current location near the intersection of 8th Street and Haines Avenue where it is undergoing restoration to operating condition by the Society. When the restoration is completed, 2926 will be the largest operating 4-8-4 Northern type steam locomotive in the United States.
As of January 2018, NMSL&RHS members had put in 166,000 hours of volunteer labor and spent over $2.8 million on the project.
Assembly of the tender has been completed for some time and 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.
On August 20, 2018, for the first time in 63 years, the boiler was lit and smoke could be seen coming from the stack. As steam pressure built up, the pipes were tested for leaks. This is a very complicated machine and leaks were found and repaired.
One August 22, 2018, an open house was held to celebrate the first fire in the boiler in decades. The fire was lit and the steam generated, but as luck would have it, another leak was discovered. Despite that, we had a great visit and met some nice people, including Frank Gerstle who provided a lot of information on the restoration.
 

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