In my quest to locate the train or locomotive I used to ride as a small boy with my grandfather in Hillsborough, NC…I have hit many dead ends. However, when I posted a story and photo of me in front of the train on this forum on January 3rd something interesting happened. Click HERE for the initial post.
A gentleman from the Pacific Coast Railroad Company in California posted a comment about the engine known as “Melodia.” Come to find out, his company has the engine and operates it. I was thrilled. I had found the locomotive. I posted a follow-up story from my initial post exclaiming how excited I was to find the engine. Click HERE for the second post.
The gentleman and I began corresponding over email. He asked if I had any other photos of the engine and I told him that all I had found so far was the one of me in front of it as a child (see below).
He then informed me that the engine in this photograph was, in fact, not Melodia. This engine is an old 0-4-0 that the Daniel Boone Railroad used in conjunction with Melodia, which was sold. The railroad continued to use this Cooke 0-4-0 even after Melodia had been sold. I have no recollection of the Daniel Boone Railroad having 2 locomotives. The gentleman was nice enough to share with me that the engine in my picture, old #22, is actually now in Miami at The Gold Coast Railway Museum, in diplorable condition. He sent me a link to it (HERE) with a photograph.
Needless to say, I am somewhat distraught. Here it is. I’ve finally found the engine. And it’s just in sad shape. My plans now are to contact the museum to see what can be done, if anything. I wish I was ridiculously wealthy and could afford to purchase and renovate the locomotive. Oh well, one can only dream.
|The Winston Co. No. 48||Miami, FL|
|Built For:||The Winston Co. #48 at Edgefield, SC|
|||Sold:||Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co. (dealer)|
|[05/1935]||Sold:||Bona-Allen, Inc. at Buford, GA|
|[Unknown]||Sold:||Georgia Lumber Co. #22|
|[Unknown]||Sold:||Lake Lure Scenic Railroad #22 at Lake Lure, NC|
|||Sold:||Daniel Boone Railroad #22 at Hillsborough, NC|
|||Sold:||James Wells at Fairfax, VA|
|[Unknown]||Donated:||Gold Coast Railway Museum|