The Rail Yards in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is the former Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Rail Yards complex. These historic structures are now almost 100 years old.
This site once employed one-quarter of Albuquerque’s workforce.
Railroad shops and the roundhouse were first erected in the late1880s after Albuquerque was designated as the division point between the AT&SF railway and the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad. After the Santa Fe Railway purchased the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad, they began expanding in 1912. The buildings constructed between 1915 and 1925 are still standing, including the Blacksmith Shop that is currently used for the Rail Yards Markets. The complex is located south of downtown Albuquerque in the Barelas neighborhood. The site was one of four major maintenance facilities constructed by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway.
The site was decommissioned in the 1980s and sat vacant for many years. The Blacksmith Shop was renovated in the early 2010s and became home to the Rail Yards Markets and various other events. Aside from the Blacksmith Shop, the improvements to the site were minimal. Parking
bumpers and grading were completed around all of the existing infrastructures and limited the amount of functional space used for parking and gathering areas.
In 2019, Wilson & Company was brought on site to help improve the parking and gathering areas for people visiting the markets and events. Wilson & Company redesigned the parking lot and the drainage infrastructure along with other utilities. The new parking lot has added over 100 new spaces. In collaboration with other firms, Wilson & Company reconstructed the courtyard area and turned it into a functional space with areas for seating, gathering, food trucks, grass, and entertainment.
The ribbon cutting celebration is November 2, 2019, from 12-4 p.m. with the ceremony at 1 p.m.