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United States Railroad Administration Locomotive

 
 
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By Mike Stroud, September 2, 2012
1. United States Railroad Administration Locomotive Marker
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National Historic
Mechanical Engineering Landmark

United States Railroad Administration Locomotive
Atlantic Coast Line Class P-5a 4-6-2 No. 1504   1919

During the World-War I emergency, American railroads were placed under the control of the United States Railroad Administration (USRA). To facilitate construction, operation, and maintenance, all new steam locomotives ordered during this period were built to one of twelve standard designs developed by a committee composed of USRA, railroad, and locomotive-builder representatives. This family of locomotives, ranging from 0-6-0 to 2-8-8-2 in size, incorporated the best proven features of the day and was the first successful standardization of American motive power. Although the USRA period lasted only three years, locomotives continued to be built around these basic designs for another decade. ACL 1504, built by American Locomotive Co. Richmond Works, is a "Light Pacific," the most common USRA passenger design. It was in service on ACL for over 30 years and survived in almost original condition.
The American Society of Mechanical Engineers - 1990
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By Mike Stroud, September 2, 2012
2. United States Railroad Administration Locomotive Marker
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Erected 1990 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers. (Marker Number #148.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRailroads & StreetcarsWar, World I. A significant historical year for this entry is 1919.
 
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 30° 19.708′ N, 81° 40.485′ W. Marker was in Jacksonville, Florida, in Duval County. Marker could be reached from West Bay Street near Park Street, on the left when traveling west. Located at the west side parking lot, behind the original Jacksonville Union Terminal, now the Prime Osborne Convention Center, in Downtown Jacksonville. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Jacksonville FL 32204, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark (here, next to this marker); The Line of Intrenchments (approx. ¼ mile away); James Weldon Johnson (approx. 0.3 miles away); John Rosamond Johnson (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fort Hatch (approx. 0.4 miles away); Old Brewster Hospital (approx. 0.4 miles away); Second Missionary Baptist Church of LaVilla (approx. 0.7 miles away); Ossachite (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jacksonville.
 
Regarding United States Railroad Administration Locomotive.
United States Railroad Administration Locomotive Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 2, 2012
3. United States Railroad Administration Locomotive Marker
Atlantic Coast Line #1504, USRA 4-6-2A (1919) most of which was spent in passenger service hauling 10 to 12 cars at 70 mph. After diesel power was introduced, the P-5-A engines were put into freight service, and the 1504 was in service in the Tampa area until retired in 1952. Surviving in almost original condition, essentially as built, the ACL 1504 was selected for preservation and has been put on display at the Prime Osborn Convention Center, which is the old ACL depot.

More than 1,800 locomotives were placed in service during this war effort, the first being the B&O 4500. The 1504 was one of 81 Light Pacifics.
 
Also see . . .  Atlantic Coast Line Steam Locomotive #1504. is the most original in appearance of the few remaining USRA engines in existence today (Submitted on September 3, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
United States Railroad Administration Locomotive ACL 1504 and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 2, 2012
4. United States Railroad Administration Locomotive ACL 1504 and Marker
Atlantic Coast Line Class P-5a 4-6-2 No. 1504 image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 2, 2012
5. Atlantic Coast Line Class P-5a 4-6-2 No. 1504
A.C.L. No. 1504 "Light Pacific" image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 2, 2012
6. A.C.L. No. 1504 "Light Pacific"
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 13, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 3, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 746 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 12, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.

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