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Florida East Coast 153
FEC 153 on display at the Gold Coast Railroad Museum, Miami, Florida
Power type Steam
Builder American Locomotive Company
Serial number 63262
Build date 1922
Configuration 4-6-2
UIC classification 2′C1′ h
Gauge 4 ft 8+12 in (1,435 mm)
Driver diameter 68 in (1.727 m)
Weight on drivers 126,500 lb (57.4 t)
Locomotive weight 204,000 lb (92.5 t)
Tender weight 162,000 lb (73.5 t)
Fuel type Oil
Fuel capacity 3,500 US gallons (13,000 l; 2,900 imp gal)
Water capacity 7,300 US gallons (28,000 l; 6,100 imp gal)
Boiler pressure 180 lbf/in2 (1.24 MPa)
Fire grate area 47.1 sq ft (4.4 m2)
Heating surface: Firebox 160 sq ft (14.9 m2)
Superheater area 440 sq ft (40.9 m2)
Cylinders Two
Cylinder size 22 in × 26 in (559 mm × 660 mm)
Valve gear Walschaerts
Valve type 11-inch (279 mm) piston valves
Tractive effort 28,314 lbf (125.9 kN)
Factor of adhesion 4.47
Power class 77
Disposition Static Display
Florida East Coast Railway Locomotive No. 153
Location Miami, Florida
NRHP reference No. 85000303
Added to NRHP February 21, 1985

The Florida East Coast Railway Locomotive No. 153 is a historic Florida East Coast Railway 4-6-2 ALCO steam locomotive in Miami, Florida, USA.

The locomotive served on the Florida East Coast Railway from 1922 to 1938, and pulled a train carrying President Calvin Coolidge to Miami in 1928. In 1935, when she was in use on the run between Miami and Key West, #153 was one of the last engines to reach Miami before the hurricane that year destroyed the bridges to the Florida Keys. For pulling the "rescue train" out of Marathon, #153 (currently at the Gold Coast Railroad Museum) was designated a National Historic Site in the 1980s. After 1938 #153 was used as an industrial switcher by the United States Sugar Corporation of Clewiston, Florida. In 1957, she was donated to the University of Miami. From March 1957 until November 1966, she operated in Miami every Sunday. In 1966 she received a major overhaul, after which she was inspected and subsequently certified by the Interstate Commerce Commission.

Due to age and damage by Hurricane Andrew in 1992, she is currently out of service On February 21, 1985, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. It is located at the Gold Coast Railroad Museum, 12400 Southwest 152nd Street, Miami, FL.

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