I was entertained by Manatee and Mullet while waiting on this gem just north of Melbourne, FL.
Forwarding traffic from West Palm Beach to Fort Pierce for pickup by a road train, local 950 looks odd with a bunch of flat rack containers repositioning north for the next load of dimensional mat... (more)
Flying over the Belcher Canal at dusk.
An old riveted Fixed-Trunnion Bascule Bridge from the Flagler Era still supports the current leviathan FEC trains over the Saint Lucie River. Rough looking SD40-2 #719 is in queue to be repainted... (more)
On most regional railroads, a 35 cars would be a normal train, not a short distance local. Train 920 arrives back home, with palm trees and the Indian River in the background.
FEC 101 running on a slow order, is seen slowly creeping by a shopping plaza in Cocoa. Eventually this part of the railroad will be double tracked. And the entire main line in the future.
Local 930 heads down the K Branch to get a refill of orange juice.
I've never been superstitious and Friday the 13th was damn lucky, catching my first Champion, leading the NS Track Geometry train of all things.
FEC 715 the latest Champion repaint leads 720 and train 210 through moderate tropical rains blowing in from the Atlantic. This was 715's first trip leading 210.
"Green light go for launch!" Florida East Coast train 226 has a green light to proceed north towards Jacksonville as an Atlas V rocket lifts off from Cape Canaveral at 4:10 am. Strong upper... (more)
FEC 715, the latest Champion repaint leads a freight train for the first time, rolling through St. Augustine. Definitely an improvement over the old faded ex UP yellow.
First time ever that a Champion schemed motor was paired with NS power on the geometry train. Got lucky on Friday the 13th, all sorts of happenings on the FEC this day.
Introducing recently repainted FEC 715, the 2nd motor in the consist of today's 101. The once ratty 715 now making it's 1st trip as a Champion.
FEC 101 with a colorful power lashup, rolls through south Bunnell. Famous East Coast hogger can be seen in the cab of Champion 714, the first motor painted in this scheme.