I was not believing it, but again for a 2nd day in a row, 226 had a quad big M lashup yet again. This is a shot that only works right around the start of summer.
Four big M's surprised us on 226 this morning...we could not believe it! And now with time running out on these motors we were very pleased to get a quad lashup of them.
FEC 226 with two GP40-2's rolls through the tidal marshes in St. Augustine. This is the best time of year for this angle with the morning sun swung north.
A gas leak in south Fl caused FEC 224 to be about 12 hours late setting up the old classic PM Bunnell shot. Something now quite rare after the schedule changes in 2008.
The Blues Brothers! as they are known on the FEC are back for a tour... rare lashup of two CITX motors leads 101 today. The CITX motors will be the first to go when leases are up.
A strong thunderstorm complete with artillery style lightning, gusty winds and deluge of rain has just begun to wind down as 101 blows through Colfax. It's the rainy season!
FEC 224 lead by two Champions something that has been pretty rare...also unusual as for about a year 123-224 has been assigned SD70M-2's or a combo of a M and a 40. But not today.
How much longer will scenes like this be possible? By next year we may see all through trains dominated by GEVO's with a few exceptions. Get your pics while you can.
Two Champs on 224! the first time I have seen two champs on 224 though it had indeed happened one time before. Usually this train gets an SD70M-2 leader.
On the way back to Bowden, local 905 and it's hard working crew hustle north. Though many focus on the through trains, locals are vital to the FEC and the communities served.
Hard working FEC train 905 on duty since the morning, now seen at Colfax, heading back to Bowden, 50 miles yet down the line.
Reflections.... FEC's 226 lead by Champ 711 wanders through St. Augustine. Even with the US 1 bridge rebuilt offering higher views, the classic shot still works.
FEC 226 rolls into St. Augustine with Champion 711 leading. The Champion scheme will be applied to the new GEVO's when they arrive later this year.
The lucky catch of the week was this southbound rock train bound for Spruce Creek siding lengthening project. Southbound trains in good light are very rare here.
FEC Champ 711 leading a work train, a rare southbound in the morning. The rock was bound for Spruce Creek where FEC is lengthening a passing siding, one of many projects in progress.