This is the first time a matched set of Champions has lead train 210, seen here in light rain. Power has been mixing around on all of the FEC's through trains of late.
720 on 7/20.....The latest locomotive in the Champion scheme as it's becoming known leads 226 on a drizzly morning. No 210 today so 226 was a combo of both.
FEC 713 leads 226 into Bunnell on this warm tropical morning. The 719 certainly could use a paint job, which in time it will be repainted alike the first. You can see FEC's new containers.
A loaded CSX coal train idles away waiting for the Florida Northern to take it to the Red Level plant on the Gulf Coast. This CSX route is leased and operated by FNOR.
A strong thunderstorm is pounding Colfax as 101 blasts through with a CITX leader. We are back to dual SD70M-2s on 101 again.
Dual set of the Champion scheme bring 226 into St. Augustine. It's back to the future as this is the official FEC scheme once again.
FEC 226 launches across the Tomoka river with dual Champion schemed motors. This is only the 2nd time this has happened, but more repaints are on the way.
One of FEC's "Champion" schemed locomotives leads train 226 past the tidewaters of the San Sebastian River on a beautiful morning in the Nation's Oldest City.
Once upon a time it was extremely rare to catch an SD70M-2 on 224. Now they are the standard power on trains 224 and 123. Seen after sunrise in St. Augustine.
FEC 224 with two SD70M-2's something pretty much unheard of until the recent power shifts that have put these big motors on 123/224. A beautiful mild morning in east central Florida.
FEC 226 faithfully appears on Sunday morning near 9:00 AM with the 708 and ratty 719 which needs a repaint badly. Over time the yellow will be replaced by the Champion scheme.
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.