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Donna Adamski

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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.

Nikon D70s
18-50mm
F14, 1/400
RAW
6/15/09 – 556/6

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