Auto train winds out of Sanford passing Sunrail's HQ which have given new life Rand Yard. Now Amtrak and Sunrail dominate the scene as CSX has moved most through trains to the S line.
FEC 101 rushes south on a beautiful warm day in Northeast Florida. For now, the SD70M-2's roll...but this time next year GEVO's will rule.
FEC 101 roars through Palm Coast with the odd lashup of a 70 and two GP40-2's on this 80 degree day. GE power is ordered and will arrive by the end of the year if not earlier.
FEC Family days special bound for New Smyrna Beach for FEC's "Family Day". Family members of the railway will get rides and to see what their spouses do for a living.
Now underway to Winter Garden, the Cannonball is seen just out of Tavares.
This little critter is the back up power for the Cannonball. Today seen resting east of the depot on the soon to be re opened Sorrento Branch.
The first steam train in Winter Garden in 50 plus years, departs Tavares on it's historic journey at 11:05. This view taken from Wooten Park which has been extensively rebuilt.
Arriving at Winter Garden, the first steam locomotive here in 50 + years slowly walks to the end of rail. Was not known if trains would ever return here, but did today and under steam.
It was a party as the first steam train to stand in Winter Garden in 50 plus years drew out a crowd. Cars stopped, offices emptied out as people heard the whistle.
First Steam in 50 years on the Winter Garden Branch rolls through Ocoee approaching it's final destination of Winter Garden Florida. People stopped, surprised by the steamer.
First Steam in 50 years on the Winter Garden Branch seen whistling through Clarcona Florida. The train was a show stopper, people stopping for pics as they went through.
After getting clearance, the Cannonball continues to head for Winter Garden seen at Lake Jem. This was the first steam into Winter Garden in over 50 years.
FEC 101 lead by another SD70M-2 and X 2 SD40-2's which has been the norm the past few days. But in about a year, GEVO's will replace the EMD's on most through trains.
FEC 101 wheels into Bunnell with a big M-2 leading assisted by twin Champ SD40-2's. This time next year we will likely be looking at GEVO's.
FEC 101 rounds the curve into Bunnell. The big M's have a bit of a reprieve as they will hold on until the GEVO's get here at years end. Get your shots folks. You can spot Dave greeting me.