ATSF New Mexico Railroad Bridge

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NYC3001

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Back in 1989, I visited my cousins who live in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We went up to the community of Madrid to look at the old ghost town, and ATSF locomotive 769. On the way back, I saw this bridge and just had to take photo of it. I remembered seeing a black & white photo of this bridge in Trains Magazine, with a 4-8-4 steamer running over it. Would any of the ATSF enthusiasts on this board happen to know the name and location of this bridge?

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NM_RailNut

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Ahhh, I see you caught your little mistake there; I've been on that line once or twice and on the one between ABQ and Belen several times, and I knew that couldn't have been on the latter.

I don't believe there's a proper name for this bridge, but (unless I'm mistaken) I'm pretty sure it's the one at Los Cerrillos, NM, as it's the only one I know of in the area that has stone abutments and is that high, not to mention it's the only one in the Madrid area that's easily accessible by road.
 

NYC3001

New Member
Ahhh, I see you caught your little mistake there; I've been on that line once or twice and on the one between ABQ and Belen several times, and I knew that couldn't have been on the latter.

I don't believe there's a proper name for this bridge, but (unless I'm mistaken) I'm pretty sure it's the one at Los Cerrillos, NM, as it's the only one I know of in the area that has stone abutments and is that high, not to mention it's the only one in the Madrid area that's easily accessible by road.
I Just looked up that location on Google Earth, and it makes complete sense to me. We actually drove up State Route 14 after leaving Madrid for about 15 minutes, and visited the small town near there and I remember going over the ATSF tracks at that location. Hopefully, I can recreate that old Trains photograph with ATSF 2926 running over that bridge in the future. :)
 




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