Orange Blossom Cannonball departs Tavares on the last weekend of operations.
Orange Blossom Cannonball during the last weekend of operation.
The Cannonball is directed to it's train for the next trip during the last weekend of operations.
Closing out.... One of the last Cannonballs departs Mt. Dora as crowds watch. Rumors are that a new operation is in the works. For now it's only FCEN as needed.
Sendoff of the Orange Blossom Cannonball last run on Saturday. Reenactors fired off a salute as the train departed one of the more emotional scenes observed as the clock ran out.
Last runs of the Orange Blossom Cannonball as the 6 year operation ceased this weekend whilst #2 celebrated 110 years. Rumors of a replacement operation are already flying.
Dean Gordon oils Tavares Eustis & Gulf No. 2 at the depot in Tavares, FL following a day of pulling passengers on the Orange Blossom Cannonball.
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.
Now underway to Winter Garden, the Cannonball is seen just out of Tavares.
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.