The Railyards at Albuquerque was the economic engine of Albuquerque in the early twentieth century. The Railyards were no longer used by railroads when I moved to Albuquerque in 1987. The site is a significant example of neglected industrial grandeur including the iconic 165,000 square-foot machine shop. The site was acquired by the City of Albuquerque in 2007.
In 2013 the renovated blacksmith shop was opened by the City and is used for a range of events from weddings to a weekly summer market. The City is undertaking more major site and building renovations as this is written.
In conjunction with the renovation, the City made the site available to various artists to memorialize a “before” snapshot of the Railyards. I was selected to participate in that effort and was able to photograph parts of the site in September 2018. These photos were taken then and are a small vignette of the varied subject matter at the site.