- Searching for Keys history -
-A Call for papers-
 - By Jerry Wilkinson -
Compilation date = April 15, 2011

01/10/2011 -  thanks to contributors information was found for the model train "Key Wester" and the restoration project completed - Jerry

04/15/2011 - I am seeking printed documentation for an official completion date, if there is one, for Henry Flagler's Key West Extension. It became operational on January 22, 1912, but much work was remaining. I have copies of the FECR construction evaluation annual reports from the National Archives and the last one is July 30, 1916. After seriously reading this report it appears that additional work remained, or it was substantially completed sufficiently to terminate construction reports. On the other hand, perhaps the National Archives did not have later construction reports and it was finished at a later date. A conversation with FECR Engineer William J. Krome's son, William H. Krome, said his father worked at the FECR Marathon Headquarters until 1918. Perhaps the construction was considered completed and he was tidying up loose ends for another two years.

05/22/2011- Another never proven Key West Extension question - What was the locomotive number that pulled Mr. First Loco to KWFlagler's first passenger train into Key West on Jan. 22, 1912? The train order was number 9 issued by Mr. J.C. Gatewood for five sections on train number 87and  named the 'Over-Sea Limited,' but what was the locomotive number?
The photo to the left is a crop and zoom in of the front of the boiler of the locomotive while setting at the ceremonuial platform at Key West. My copy is relative poor in resolution; therefore, the crop is poor.

Please use email tag below to reply - Jerry

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