Whitcomb in Lake Wales Fla.

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Whitcomb in Lake Wales Fla.

Postby truman » Sat Mar 22, 2008 7:15 am

The Depot museum in Lake Wales Florida has a Whitcomb locomotive on display. 85 ton center cab I think. The builders plate has been distorted. Does anyone know the history on this unit? The gent in the museum did not have any information other than it had been there longer than he had, over 16 years.
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Postby GOLDEN-ARM » Sun Mar 23, 2008 1:49 am

A museum?? All he could tell you was it had been there longer then he had? Sounds like one heck of a museum.......... :(
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Postby Luther Brefo » Sun Mar 23, 2008 6:02 am

GOLDEN-ARM wrote:A museum?? All he could tell you was it had been there longer then he had? Sounds like one heck of a museum.......... :(


Or simply an uninformed member. One cannot represent the whole.

To attempt to answer your question, their Whitcomb is of 1944 vintage. It is a 65 tonner.

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Postby truman » Sun Mar 23, 2008 6:47 am

GOLDEN-ARM wrote:A museum?? All he could tell you was it had been there longer then he had? Sounds like one heck of a museum.......... :(


You get what you pay for. Admission was free.
It was a depot. It was a museum. Mostly oriented towards the history of the citrus industry. There was the requisite working model RR. layout, (European no less) the station agents work station in the bay window, the loco, a decaying SAL caboose, and an equally sad looking heavy weight passenger car.
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Postby DutchRailnut » Sun Mar 23, 2008 8:07 am

There was a Whitcomb listed in Florida at IMC-Agrio Hopewell mine.
actually two, a 35 tonner and a 65 tonner frame number 60744 build 11-1947 ex IM&C 103 it came from the Phosphoria plant and before that from kingsford plant
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Postby truman » Thu Mar 27, 2008 5:02 am

That looks like the right frame number and date, the part of the plate where the weight is specified was distorted, probably from an impact.
A few blocks away I found a shop and a dead F-40 type loc. and there were red CF-7's scurrying around. Anybody know what railroad company this is?
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Re: Whitcomb in Lake Wales Fla.

Postby truman » Fri Jan 23, 2009 10:37 pm

I was there again recently and was able to take a second look.
The unit is indeed a 65 tonner built in 1944 for the army transportation corps. Its serial number is 60422.
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Postby FLRailFan1 » Sun Feb 02, 2014 8:05 pm

GOLDEN-ARM wrote:A museum?? All he could tell you was it had been there longer then he had? Sounds like one heck of a museum.......... :(


The Lake Wales Depot Museum is a nice small museum. I was there a few years ago and it was nice.
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