CP7 1955 Dec28 680

Coronet Phosphate #7 was built by the Alco-Cooke Works in Paterson, New Jersey in February, 1920. It was purchased by the Coronet Phosphate mining company for use in the Tenoroc phosphte mine near Lakeland, Florida. The picture above was taken in December, 1955, just a few years before it was replaced by a diesel switch engine. In 1958, the 0-4-2T was parked on a siding and left to rust.

In 1975, Number 7 was donated to the Central Florida Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society (NRHS). It took several volunteers working three weekends to dig out the siding and move the engine to its new home Apopka, FL. That was February, 1976. The Central Florida Chapter preserved the engine for years, but weren't able to raise the funds needed do a full restoration.

In January, 1982, Number 7 was purchased by the Gold Coast Chapter of NRHS. The photo at right shows the engine just before it was moved to Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Gramling Locomotive Works acquired Number 7 in 2010. In January, 2011, the engine dubbed "Matilda" by John and Barney, made its longest journey, from southern Florida to the GLW shop near Ashley, Indiana.

See the photo album of Matilda's move to Indiana.

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