Featured in All Things Black – 6/23/09
Built for the Florida East Coast Railway in 1924 by the American Locomotive Company, #253 is an 0-8-0 road switcher that was designed to assemble and move whole trains in the yard and do light rail work.
When the FEC went diesel, she and her sisters were retired and sold. Most fell to the torch, but #253 and a few others escaped to work for some smaller railroads throughout the country. (From the brochure)
A few facts about #253
Weight: 215,000 lbs. (108 tons)
Lenght: 70 feet
Boiler: 7 foot diameter
Top speed: 35mph
Tender capacity: 8,000 gals of water & 2,000 gals of fuel oil
Full restoration is said to be finished by late 2009 or early 2010. Please help support the efforts of all those involved in the restoration project and museum (they have some awesome things in there) with a purchase of this image or the others shown (available upon request). Proceeds from the sales will be split and donated to the Steam Locomotive Association 253.
A special thanks to the guys that showed me around and their wealth of information and support of me and their project.
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