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Brown Bag Lecture “2926: So Close” at the Las Cruces Railroad Museum 2017

The Las Cruces Railroad Museum hosts a free Brown Bag Lecture at noon on the 2nd Tuesday of the month. On July 11, Dr. Michael Hartshorne, president of the New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society (NMSL&RHS), will detail the working history of the 2926 and the remarkable efforts to completely restore this treasure of New Mexico railroad history.

The 2926 was built in 1944, a 4-8-4 steam engine that ran from Kansas City to San Diego. It was donated to the City of Albuquerque and has been undergoing extensive rebuilding. Several hundred volunteers have donated more than 100,000 hours to this project.

Dr. Hartshorne was born in Los Alamos, New Mexico and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. After serving in the Army in Vietnam, he returned to college to pursue a medical degree in radiology and nuclear medicine. He was chief of imaging at the Albuquerque VA medical center and a professor at the University of New Mexico. He has collaborated on National Institutes of Health field studies of radiation induced thyroid cancer in Estonia and Kazakhstan. He is currently a professor emeritus at UNM and is president of the New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society.

The museum is located at 351 N. Mesilla St. and is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. For more information, visit the website at: or call 575/647-4480.

If you need an accommodation for a disability to enable you to fully participate in this event , contact the museum 48 hours prior to the event.