Pacific Fruit Express EMD NW2 Locomotive #1048
Florida East Coast Steam Locomotive #113
Built in 1913 by ALCO for the Florida East Coast Railroad and assigned number 113. One of 60 "Pacific" style locomotives, #113 operated in regular passenger & freight service over the entire FEC system. Originally a "saturated steam" locomotive, at some point in the early 1920s it was superheated, which brought it up to the same specification as the 1922 ALCO built FEC 151 . Put as simply as possible, saturated steam is only as hot as the temperature at which it has reached boiling point. As a result, when its temperature drops, this so called "wet" steam quickly condenses and produces water droplets. In a steam locomotive, condensation can occur in the steam pipes and cylinders outside the boiler. This reduces the steam volume and therefore requires more water to be evaporated to produce a set volume of steam. The buildup of water in a locomotive's cylinders is also dangerous, as water is less easily compressed than steam and could blow off the cylinder heads when under pressure. To reduce this potential problem, the cylinders are fitted with small exhaust ports called cylinder cocks, which allow the water to be expelled under steam pressure. In 1933, No. 113 was sold to the United States Sugar Corporation it was used mainly to haul train loads of sugarcane from the company's fields to its mill in Clewiston, Florida on the south side of Lake Okeechobee. It would also have switched at the yard in Clewiston, where it was based and worked into the early 1960s. United States Sugar donated No. 113 to the current owner in 1969. At that time, the museum was located in Fort Lauderdale, where No. 113 regularly steamed at weekends. #113 is not currently in operating condition.