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)

  1. was retired in 1956 and was on display in Texarkana until the late 1990’s where she was kept in a covered area that helped to keep her in restorable condition. After considerable roadblocks and detours, she has finally found her rightful place in Ft. Pierce, FL to be transformed into that wonderful workhorse that she once was.

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

  1. is one of six remaining engines of a total of 275 owned by FEC Ry Locomotives. #253 is also the only full size steam locomotive to be operated in the state of Florida and the only example of its type to be operating in the United States of America. Now resides in Ft. Pierce, FL.

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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  • Oncemore
    Oncemoreover 5 years ago

    Love trains…love this:)

  • It was very cool to see. It was just brought up Sunday from Miami and they still have a lot of work to do to restore it! Thanks Vanessa and for the favoring :)

    – Donna Adamski

  • Larry  Grayam
    Larry Grayamover 5 years ago

    Great iron horse pic Donna. Is this from the Ft. Pierce location?t.

  • Hi Larry…yes this is in FP, I went by there yesterday. Thanks so much :)

    – Donna Adamski

  • DoreenPhillips
    DoreenPhillipsover 5 years ago

    Fantastic Dobna…………..Brilliant Write up and Wonderful Images…….I wish you many sales……..xxx

  • There was a newspaper photographer there when I got there!! I think he thought I was the competition….in a way maybe! LOL They were really nice to me and showed me around and let me take all the pics I wanted. I left a donation as well, the least I could do. I want to f back and get a few more shots and ask if they will allow me to display some of them there for sale, splitting the profits of course!! We’ll see! Thanks so much Dorbreena :) xoxox

    – Donna Adamski

  • Isa Rodriguez
    Isa Rodriguezover 5 years ago

    okay. donna…………….. this is stunning!.I love trains and you did such an awesome capture!!!! and great info !..

  • It was so cool…read what I replied to Dobreena!! I got lots of shots! Thanks sweetie :) xoxox

    – Donna Adamski

  • jujubean
    jujubeanover 5 years ago

    Great shot! Love all the close-ups too.

  • I have lots of others and some of the other items they have in the museum….it was really a fun shoot! Thanks so much Juju :)

    – Donna Adamski

  • sundawg7
    sundawg7over 5 years ago

    You caight a gem here Donna. I’m a nut for ‘steamers’, and going by your superb close-ups, it was a mecca for imaging. >< Ron

  • Totally awesome Ron…right up your alley!! This is only a sampling of what i got and I still want to go back for more!! Thank Ron :) Hugzzz

    – Donna Adamski

  • Chappy
    Chappyover 5 years ago

    Way to go on a great capture..


  • Thank you so much Chappy :)

    – Donna Adamski

  • John Vriesekolk
    John Vriesekolkover 5 years ago

    An oldy but kept looking good Well taken Donna.

  • Thanks so much John :)

    – Donna Adamski

  • D R Moore
    D R Mooreover 5 years ago

    I just love the older trains Nice capture

  • Have you gone to see it yet? It’s in Ft. Pierce….Thanks Dan :)

    – Donna Adamski

  • 3XEternity
    3XEternityover 5 years ago

  • Woot!! Thank you so much for the feature…truly appreciate it :)

    – Donna Adamski

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