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News Photos: Locomotive leaves Jacksonville display site for restoration

By | August 25, 2021

Former Atlantic Coast Line locomotive will be restored to operation for U.S. Sugar

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Lomotive being lifted by cranes
Cranes and steam locomotive in parking lot
Cranes prepare to lift the boiler of ACL No. 1504 as part of the locomotives move from its display site in Jacksonville, Fla. (Kelly Lynch)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A former Atlantic Coast Line locomotive which has long been displayed in Jacksonville — most recently outside the city’s convention center, a former railroad station — has begun its journey back to operating status.

The Florida Times-Union reports work on Monday and Tuesday removed the locomotive from outside the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center for movement by truck to Chattanooga, Tenn., where FMW Solutions will spend the next three years rebuilding it for operation by U.S. Sugar’s Sugar Express operation in South Florida.

ACL No. 1504, a 4-6-2 built by Alco in 1919, was donated by the city to the North Florida Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society, which then sold the locomotive to U.S. Sugar to fund NHRS projects [see “U.S. Sugar interested in acquiring second steam locomotive,” Trains News Wire, June 7, 2021].

It will eventually join another Alco, former Florida East Coast 4-6-2 No. 148, at the Sugar Express operation.

Lomotive being lifted by cranes
The locomotive’s boiler and cab are lifted off its running gear in preparation for its move. (Kelly Lynch)

 

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