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1923, E.A. Harrison. 1100 2nd St. SW, roughly bounded by 1st and 2nd Sts. to the west and the BNSF rail line to the east.
  • DSC_0058 (Photograph by Regina N. Emmer)
  • (Photograph by Regina N. Emmer)
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  • (Photograph by Regina N. Emmer)

Standing alongside the machine shop, the boiler shop duplicates on a smaller scale its classical facades of cast-in place concrete, the side curtain walls, and the structure of steel, wood, and glass.

The 58,100-square-foot building has two aisle bays, an erecting bay, and a heavy machinery bay, which was used for the repair of locomotive steam boilers and fireboxes. Running the length of the north curtain wall, sliding bifold doors open onto a depressed concrete transfer table, 60 x 604 feet long, which provided access to the shop’s seventeen work bays. An overhead bridge crane capable of supporting a 30-ton load was used to transfer boilers and large locomotive parts. Wood pavers covered the concrete floor to dampen the noise. Steel-framed sliding doors led to the tender repair shop, cab paint shop, and flue shop, while a short track through the east end door led to the blacksmith shop. A small pivoting turntable, no longer extant, was originally used to transfer parts between the heavy machinery bay and the flue shop. Attached to the shop’s west facade is a 6,400-square-foot steel canopy on steel I-beams that was used as a firing annex for testing locomotives.

After the City of Albuquerque purchased the AT&SF Locomotive Shops complex in 2007, it contracted Los Angeles-based Eric Owen Moss Architects and the developer Samitaur Constructs in 2012 to redevelop the site. The boiler shop is currently closed to the public, but is slated to become accessible as redevelopment continues.


Dodge, William A., Maryellen Hennessy, Edgar Bolson, and Petra Morris, “Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Locomotive Shops,” Bernalillo County, New Mexico. National Register of Historic Places Registration Form, 2014. National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C.

Moses, Nalina. “Going the Extra Yards.” AIArchitect, August 8, 2014. Accessed September 30, 2014:

Threinen, Ellen. Historic Architecture of Albuquerque’s Central Corridor. Albuquerque, NM: Task Force of Albuquerque Center, 1977.

Wilson, Chris. “The Historic Railroad Buildings of Albuquerque: An Assessment of Significance.” Prepared for the Redevelopment Division, Planning Department, City of Albuquerque, 1986.

Writing Credits

Regina N. Emmer
Christopher C. Mead
Regina N. Emmer



  • 1923

  • 2007

    Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

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Regina N. Emmer, "Boiler Shop", [Albuquerque, New Mexico], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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