A strong storm is winding down, steam is rising from the rails as a moderate rain continues to fall. Today's 101 had a string of empty hoppers in the consist, quite uncommon for this train.
The Beast and the Beauty...the beast, 719 which as of now is the rattiest paint on the FEC leads the beauty 716. It's a hot and humid morning in east central Florida.
Thunderstorms rolling in from the Atlantic thanks to a tropical disturbance gave 210's two Champions a wash as they head northward at Colfax. For "East Coast Hogger" who's birthday is today.
Three Champion Schemed motors lead FEC 101, something anticipated by FEC fans for a while finally happening on this warm tropical day.
For the first time ever, three of the FEC Champion schemed locomotives lead 101. The FEC currently rosters 5 of the reborn liveried motors, more repaints are on the way.
Severe thunderstorm warnings were being issued just as 226 blasted through the storm at Colfax this morning. This is the rainy season in Florida, but storms were very early today.
We are the Champions...and we are pulling train 226. As the repaint program progresses we will see more scenes like this. FEC President Hertwig, saw fit to restore this marvelous scheme.
Two champions lead 226 through St. Augustine on a humid morning. This is the official scheme once again, eventually all FEC motors will get this livery.
Got Juice? CSX does, as the Tropicana Juice Train rolls past the groves along the gulf coast.
The Tropicana Juice Train makes it's daily except Thu & Sat appearance hustling northward into Ruskin. This is the hottest train on CSX.
A local fishing in the Big Manatee river glances at the Tropicana Juice train as it rolls northward. This pier was damaged in 2004 during the hurricanes, reopened this year.
Tropicana Juice walks onto the water as the train crosses the Big Manatee River. This view had been impossible for years due to hurricane damage. But now rebuilt as part of the riverwalk.
FEC 226 with the two latest paint schemes to be applied to the Florida East Coast Railway. The Rail America scheme was in 2009-2010 and the Champion scheme 2012 onward.
Amtrak PO91 the Silver Star slides into Seville on time.
Amtrak's premier train of the east rolls through rural western Volusia county on a humid morning.