Ledes from the Land of Enchantment

The book examines the central role of locomotive repair shops in Albuquerque history

University Showcase, November 19 8:00 am: In 1880, the Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe railroad lines came to Albuquerque. But more importantly, the company has set up its locomotive repair shops in the city. This would change the city forever. In its heyday, the locomotive workshops employed 2,000 people. The quadrant system for Albuquerque addresses actually originated from this huge facility. In the book “Overhaul: A Social History of the Albuquerque Locomotive Repair Shops” by the University of New Mexico Press, Richard Flint and Shirley Cushing Flint examine how these stores became the catalyst of the modern city.

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