On October 3rd, the atsf2912 volunteers bolted down the entire front of the locomotive smoke stack in preparation for the upcoming paint removal. On October 7 and 9, several volunteers used Graco's donation to finish removing the over 60-year old paint from the undercarriage. Also removed was paint from the cow catcher and residual paint from the wheels. On October 10, the team started rinsing off the paint removal residue using our high pressure washer. Two thirds of the locomotive was rinsed before the heat of the day. The remaining rinse will occur the week of the 12th. In addition, the paint, donated by Rustoleum, will be ordered on the 12th. Now we are on a race with nature to get it painted before the first frost!
What is the
2912 and why is it so important?
The ATSF 2912 is one of the last
remaining 2900 class 4-8-4 steam locomotives built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works for the Atchinson, Tokeka and Santa Fe railroad. Like its peers, the 2903 (lIlinois
Railway Museum), 2925 (Sacramento
State Railroad Museum) and 2926 (New
Mexico Steam Locomotive & Railroad Historical Society), the 2912 is both a reminder of
the technologies that
made America great, and is a link to the past of how our ancestors
built their lives in America.
include bringing it up to full steam operation?
After many years of
inspections and partial rebuilds of components (starting in 1994), the
situations today make such a venture very costly (multiple millions of
dollars), plus require trackage willing to allow steam operations. At
present, this is outside the labor and funding available through volunteers
or grantors. Our goal now is to return the 2912 to as close to its condition when it
was first put into service.
Bids from several railroad contractors, both inside
Colorado and outside have been received. Due to the size and weight of the engine, transportation outside of Pueblo, Colorado is difficult
and extremely costly. The only bidder able to rebuilt the engine on-site in
Pueblo is Wasatch Railroad Contractors (http://wrrc.us) at a bid of $250,000 with an additional weather shelter of
How can I help?
We have several ways for providing funds:
1. Sponsor a Square!
Designate a part of the ATSF 2912 as
contribution to its rebuild.
Click here for more information.
2. Purchase Items from the Pueblo
How can I get more Information?
Just sent us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org