whereabouts of steam engine at lowery park zoo, tampa

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hey, what happened to the steam engine that was at lowery park zoo for years??? I went there recently (had not been there since the mid 80's) and besides the place being totally different, i could find no trace of that big steam locomotive, what happened to it and what was its ancestry? I have some pics of it from way back, but cannot seem to locate them at the moment, im sure it was ex-sal or acl. Hope it went somewhere that appreciates it

-- troy nolen (tnolen12@tampabay.rr.com), October 03, 2002


how unfortunate

-- troy nolen (tnolen12@tampabay.rr.com), October 10, 2002.

Troy, that engine got moved up to the Pasco County Fairgrounds right on US 301, it's been painted yellow and is easily seen from the highway. There's a photo of it on pg. 75 of Hampton Dunn's "Yesterday's Tampa", but there's no lettering on the tender. The headlamp has 1147 visible. I read somewhere that some lumber company owned this engine. Sadly it's just rusting away out there. I remembered it well from Lowry Park, my dad took some pics of me sitting in the cab when I was about six or seven...what a treat for a kid!

-- Lyle Lamboley (lamboley1@earthlink.net), October 09, 2002.

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