Now underway to Winter Garden, the Cannonball is seen just out of Tavares.
This little critter is the back up power for the Cannonball. Today seen resting east of the depot on the soon to be re opened Sorrento Branch.
The first steam train in Winter Garden in 50 plus years, departs Tavares on it's historic journey at 11:05. This view taken from Wooten Park which has been extensively rebuilt.
Arriving at Winter Garden, the first steam locomotive here in 50 + years slowly walks to the end of rail. Was not known if trains would ever return here, but did today and under steam.
It was a party as the first steam train to stand in Winter Garden in 50 plus years drew out a crowd. Cars stopped, offices emptied out as people heard the whistle.
First Steam in 50 years on the Winter Garden Branch rolls through Ocoee approaching it's final destination of Winter Garden Florida. People stopped, surprised by the steamer.
First Steam in 50 years on the Winter Garden Branch seen whistling through Clarcona Florida. The train was a show stopper, people stopping for pics as they went through.
After getting clearance, the Cannonball continues to head for Winter Garden seen at Lake Jem. This was the first steam into Winter Garden in over 50 years.
FEC 101 lead by another SD70M-2 and X 2 SD40-2's which has been the norm the past few days. But in about a year, GEVO's will replace the EMD's on most through trains.
FEC 101 wheels into Bunnell with a big M-2 leading assisted by twin Champ SD40-2's. This time next year we will likely be looking at GEVO's.
FEC 101 rounds the curve into Bunnell. The big M's have a bit of a reprieve as they will hold on until the GEVO's get here at years end. Get your shots folks. You can spot Dave greeting me.
On a crisp cool day, FEC 101 thunders through Palm Coast. Student engineer at the throttle allows Dave to greet us today.
The very first steam train in Eustis since the 1950's slides past the old Eustis depot as Maryann and Julie get their the pictures.
FEC 210 rumbles north as thunderstorms begin to wind down. This unique consist of motive power, two champs and a Susan Komen motor was a first for trains 101 and 210.
The first steam powered train to stand in Eustis since the 1950's sits adjacent to Farren Park in downtown. This historic trip will be the first of many on the rebuilt tracks.