ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Rail enthusiasts and rail companies showed off locomotives and rail cars at Albuquerque's Alvarado Transpiration Center Saturday as part of National Train Day.
But a special moment came early in the morning when two icons from two different eras hooked up.
A modern Amtrak locomotive was used to pull a steam train's fuel tender over to the rail show. Tenders provided oil and water for steam trains, and this one was big.
It happened at the yard of the New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society .
That group is spending years and about $1.5 million renovating a steam locomotive that used to haul passengers through the Southwest more than 60 years ago.
"The 2926 was a thoroughbred fast passenger locomotive designed to run at 90 miles per hour with a 16-car passenger train all by itself," said Michael Hartshome of the NML&RHS.
Renovation of the steam tender is complete.
The society says it will take thousands more hours and a couple hundred thousand dollars to finish the locomotive itself.
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