They are finally here! A new era begins on the FEC as the very first of 24 ES44C4's take 101 out for the first time. Departing right on time at Bowden.
Amtrak's Veteran's Unit blasts north on 98. First time this engine has lead in Florida.
A very rare late running 109 gives us the unique opportunity to photograph as it passed when it's normally dark. Today's 109 had a variety of freight as it normally does.
The clouds clear just in time as FEC 101 thunders into Colfax with three motors. Things however are changing and inside a month or two ESS44's will hold these assignments.
One of FEC's pretty champs leads 101 today, unusual consist with the SD40/GP40, plus one boxcar and then the rest.
A rainbow of FEC power lead 226 on this warm morning, with the original "Champion" 714. Vegetation clearing has opened up a few new angles on this famous bridge.
In about a month or two a shot like this on 226 will likely be impossible as all 24 ES44's should be here and in service. But for now I enjoy GP40-3's on an intermodal train.
Dual classics with a bit of help lead I think for the first time on 101, a string of Tropicana cars south.
Two champs make up this soon to be rare 3 SD40-2 consist on 101 today. With the GE's coming and now with some of the SD40-2's being leased this will be a rare thing in the future.
As the first of their replacements are due next week (finally), dual classics tote 101 south, as they first started in 2007. The first of the 24 ES44's should start to arrive next week.
It was a great day to photograph the morning Amtraks when between them, THIS showed up! Had not seen this trainset in a while with 3 motors to boot. Rolling past Palatka Amtrak.
A small group of railfans wave at 97 as they arrive in Palatka on a fantastic morning.
Leftover clouds from the ocean storm the day before clear just in time as 91 departs Palatka.
FEC 101 blasts through the rains associated with an ocean storm centered just off the coast. While the north gets legendary snows, we get legendary rains. Dual classics today.
Four locomotives landed on 226 today, seen here approaching the tidewater in St. Augustine. The Champion scheme is very popular with fans.