The railgrinder visits the FEC once again, usually visiting once a year, as the FEC keeps their infrastructure in tip top shape.
On a fantastic morning, 224 rolls past the old HQ building. It's been a week since a directive was issued to have an SD70M-2 on trains 224 / 123 which for years was dominated by GP40's
FEC 226 on a warm morning in St. Augustine with famous 714 2nd motor. The yellow ex UP scheme is now endangered as all road motors will be painted like 714 over time.
FEC 224 has been getting an SD70M-2 regularly for about a week now. Word is that 224 / 123 will have an SD70M-2 leader at least for a while. Crossing the marshes in St. Augustine.
FEC 226 marches into St. Augustine with doublestacks and 3 motors. Recently there have been all sorts of power lashups on FEC trains, never know what's coming next.
A close study of FEC 226's power, three schemes exist here, the Rail America 2008-2011, the blue dip as it's called about 2000-2008 and the original 1940's scheme which is now the new again.
FEC 226 arrives with an assortment of paint scheme dodging shadows of clouds blowing in off the ocean.
Introducing FEC Train 212 on it's first run. 212 is the opposing train of FEC 111. FEC 111/212 is a new turn between Jax and City Point replacing FEC 119 and 220 which was abolished.
FEC 224 was the first of a 3 train parade this morning in St. Augustine.
FEC 226 with 714 leading, which is a tough shot to get these days as most times an SD70M-2 is leading through trains.
Getting 3 motors on 226 these days is challenging was lucky that one of the repaints was part of the lashup. In the hour since 224 past, clouds are building tide is rolling out.