Trains were packed on opening day, as a southbound pushes through Winter Park. Warm humid conditions already building clouds in the sky. Over 10,000 rode the rails on day 1.
A historic day in central Florida transport, it's Sunrail Day! After 22 years of planning, struggles, anti tax groups, doubters etc, commuter rail became a reality in Central Florida.
Opening Day of Sunrail! The old and the new. The new Sunrail train passes the remains of the old Aloma branch long since abandoned.
Two of FEC's older workhorses help tote a long 226 across the tidewater. GEVO's will likely change this scene by this time next year, the first ones should be here in Sept, the rest by Dec.
The mighty 101 thunders through Dorena, with some rock on the head end... with some help from Susan Komen 425. The clock is ticking on the SD70M-2's before the GEVO's arrive.
Evidence of FEC's aggressive maintenance of their right of way is evident here with old rail removed and new ties stacked in the distance. Three SD40-2's with two Champs today.
New kid on the block, FEC 416 lends a hand to FEC 106 launching 226 across the Tomoka River on this humid warm morning. This shot only works mid spring to mid summer.
FEC 226 hustles through Bunnell with one of FEC's pretty champs leading.
Sun angles are getting tougher for 101 in the afternoon, seen here in Bunnell right on the usual time of 2:40 PM.
FEC 101 lead by one of the leasers roars southward on an unsettled day. These will go too, when the GEVO's arrive. For now enjoy the EMD lashups while you can.
FEC 101 makes it's normal mid afternoon appearance on a cooler breezy day. The GEVO's ordered may start arriving sooner than later. Unusual for baretables on this train.
It's almost summer like as the seabreeze front is easily seen in this shot of 101 with dual big "M"s heading southward. The big EMD's are on borrowed time...GEVO's are coming.
FEC 101 hustles south on a warm tropical day in Northeast Florida...feeling like summer out here. It also may be summer when the GE's get here according to the latest.
A rainbow of FEC paint schemes greats this beautiful morning. It is likely that scenes like will change with the coming of the GE's.
Some say no one will ride these trains, however if the train tour events are any indication, Sunrail will be a smash hit, as seen here, crowds wait their turn to check it out. Service starts 5/1.