Steam Engine 444
Digital Art - Photography
This is an abstract piece I did of "Steam Engine 444", I really love the way the colors stand out on this grate piece on American history. Below you'll find a little info on this old steamer. Enjoy :)
Engine #444 was the last steam locomotive on the M&B Railroad
June 19, 2010
Train StationSteam locomotive Number 444 was built in 1911 at the Baldwin Locomotive Works in Philadelphia for the Brinson railroad. It was subsequently owned by Savannah & Albany Railroad Company.
It operated as late as 1947 as a stand-by locomotive after the first M&B diesel locomotives had arrived. Engine #444 was the last of seven steam locomotives that served on the M&B.
The M&B Railroad operated for 63 years (1909 1972) between Marianna and Blountstown. It provided passenger service until 1929. After that, the M&B shipped agricultural products and lumber. During its operation, the 29-mile line was Floridas shortest railroad.
Before the M&B Railroad was abandoned, Engine #444 was sold (late 1960s early 1970s) to Dr. Albert Folds of
Marianna, who for a number of years, displayed it on
the dairy farm of his father-in-law, Victor S. Bevis, along State Road 71, just south of Malone.
The locomotive was later sold and moved to the George Ranch in Richmond, TX.
During late 1980s, an effort was launched by a group in Blountstown to save the locomotive from a scheduled scraping and to return it to Blountstown as the centerpiece for an historical display of the M&B Railroad.
It was restored and placed on display at its current location in the M&B Train Park.
Along with the locomotive, a caboose from the Apalachicola Northern was added.
The original M&B caboose sat for many years rotting away in the woods behind the Depot and was the subject of many paintings by local artists. It was not able to be saved, but its steel undercarriage now serves as the base of the wood car for engine #444.
October 4th, 2013
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