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.
It's that time of year again, where the tropical rainy season produces almost daily thunderstorms. FEC 101 rushes out of one such storm at Bunnell with three EMD's.
In the Nation's oldest city, twin Champs roll 226 across the tidewater as puffy clouds build.
FEC 226 rolls across the Tomoka River on a warm humid morning. Today's plus is two champs leading. For Betty Buchanan who passed on recently who was an active volunteer locally.
FEC 226 hustles through Colfax just after a tropical shower had moved through. It's that time of year again where sudden downpours can turn up at any time.