Florida Adventures in Railroading Inc. and Port Orange Railway Society are joining forces to purchase and return Coronet Phosphate #7 to Florida to be restored to operational condition. We need your help both as volunteers on the restoration a financially. Follow the links to join and to donate.
At Florida Adventures in Railroading Inc., we are passionate about preserving the past and bringing it to life for present and future generations. Our team of historians and preservation specialists are dedicated to maintaining and restoring historical sites and artifacts, so that the stories of our ancestors can be heard and appreciated by all. Steam locomotive #7 will require a dedicated crew to bring it back to life. We welcome all who want to be hands on. No experience is required as there will be a training program. Insurance does require all volunteer crew members to be a dues paying member in good standing
Returning #7 to Florida including trucking will cost us $35,000.00. As we kick off this fundraiser on November 24, 2023 we start with $6,300.00 already donated. All donations of any amount are welcomed and needed. We accept donations through PayPal you can donate one time or monthly. All donations made through December 31, 2023 to FLAIRR will be dedicated to this fundraiser.
We want to express our gratitude to Andrew Lokken for producing this video about returning #7 to Florida.
To meet our goal of $35,000.00 to return Coronet Phosphate #7 to Florida we have come up with three classes of donations with rewards.
Platinum Donor: $5,000.00 will receive 9” brass American Locomotive Company #7 number plate, and lifetime FLAIRR membership
Gold Donor: $1,000.00 will receive a brass replica Alco Cooke builders plate and a lifetime FLAIRR membership.
Silver Donor: $500.00 will relieve an aluminum replica Alco Cooke builders plate.
From the very beginning the of the forming of FLAIRR was centered around the idea of finding and restoring a steam locomotive. Early in 2023 board member Kyle Wayne Cochran notified the organization that a 15 ton Porter steam locomotive was listed for sale. Kyle paid to have an inspection of that locomotive completed. That inspection came back as favorable. However we were unable to raise the $55,000.00 purchase price before someone else purchased the locomotive.
Rebounding from the disappointment FLAIRR set out looking for another stream locomotive. The search took us to an old friend who just happened to have small steam locomotives. We learned of Coronet Phosphate #7 a 44 ton 0-4-2T from Florida was surplus and available to return to Florida.
The restoration of a steam locomotive is something that is done because of a passion. A desire preserve something that is not commonly seen today. They are one of the most recognized and powerful machines that man ever made. As we embark upon this restoration we will be teaching the skills and the craftsmanship that built it to begin with. The time has come to pass these down to the next generation.
a very rare photo of railway operations at Coronet Phosphate mines.
This is the only photo we have been able to find of Coronet Phosphate #7 in service.
Taken on an unknown date it appears that members of the Central Florida Chapter of the NRHS are inspecting the inside of the smoke box.
Still sitting next to the same building as the previous photo, time and the Florida weather have not been kind to #7.
Number 7 eventually ended up at Gold Coast Railroad Museum who sold it to the current owner
Number 7 is winched up onto the heavy duty drop deck trailer.
All secured the truck leaves Gold Coast Railroad Museum northbound with #7.
It was a cold snowy day as #7 arrives at its new home and an uncertain future.
This is not the place for a Florida steam locomotive. Let’s bring #7 home.
With the smoke box door open inspection photos were taken and sent to FLAIRR. Number 7 is in better shape than it looks and is restorable.
in the very early stages here is the concept art of what the locomotive will look like as Port Orange Railway #7.
The best asset we have is our members. Likewise the best way for you to be of a help is to become a member. We are currently building our shop crew and steam team. Both Florida Adventures In Railroading Inc. and Port Orange Railway Society are 501(c)(3) tax exempt charitable corporations in Florida.
Follow the link below to join.