Tavares, Eustis & Gulf #2 pulls the Orange Blossom Cannonball back to the town of Tavares, Florida.
With engineer Thomas East at the throttle, Tavares Eustis & Gulf #2 crosses the Apopka Beauclair Canal as the train makes its return trip back the Tavares, FL.
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.
The Orange Blossom Cannonball is minutes away from finishing its run to Lake Jem. The locomotive will run around the train here and return to Tavares tender first.
When the temps drop to freezing in Lake County, you can count on a plume show from #2, pulling into the runaround stop at Lake Jem.
The 1300hrs excursion rumbles past a small plantation enroute to Lake Jem on a warm afternoon.
Leased from the Reader Railroad in Arkansas, this wood-burning Mogul is used to power the “Orange Blossom Cannonball” excursion on FCEN rails between Tavares and Lake Jem, FL.
TEG Train 103 returning towards Tavares crossing CR 418 on a cloudy but warm afternoon. One can see the new red caboose that the TEG has now.
You won't see plumes like this in the summer!! A serious cold snap plunged temps below freezing overnight, making for a serious "winter steam scene" as #2 charges uphill towards Ellsworth Junctio... (more)
Note that the "2" on the boiler is now red.
Tavares, Eustis and Gulf steamer 2-6-0 #2 about to reach the end of it's run from Tavares to Lake Jem, FL, passing in front of a pond near Lake Jem.