Railpictures contributor Maryann Pickering gets her captures of the legendary Tropicana Juice Train as O854 starts north across the Big Manatee River.
CSXT O854, loaded with "100% Pure Squeezed Florida Sunshine" hauls through "Sun City" on the outskirts of Ruskin Florida. A daily by Sat & Thu operation, usually out by 8 AM or so.
Sometimes called the "hottest train on CSX" the famed Tropicana Juice Train starts over the Big Manatee River bridge heading northbound. A daily but Thu & Sat operation.
Got Juice? CSX does, as the Tropicana Juice Train rolls past the groves along the gulf coast.
The Tropicana Juice Train makes it's daily except Thu & Sat appearance hustling northward into Ruskin. This is the hottest train on CSX.
A local fishing in the Big Manatee river glances at the Tropicana Juice train as it rolls northward. This pier was damaged in 2004 during the hurricanes, reopened this year.
Tropicana Juice walks onto the water as the train crosses the Big Manatee River. This view had been impossible for years due to hurricane damage. But now rebuilt as part of the riverwalk.
CSX rolls into Bradenton while residents enjoy the ending days of summer on this Labor Day 2012.
CSXT O854 trundles into Bradenton with juice empties. This view looks right up the river and into the Gulf of Mexico. Not many railroads look into an open body of water in Florida.
The high priority Tropicana Juice Train rushes across the Little Manatee River on a humid tropical morning along the gulf coast of Florida in Ruskin. The storm in the background had produced a few... (more)
The hot Tropicana Juice Train is watched by the "hot" RP contributor Maryann Norvik. The Juice Train departs Bradenton most mornings allowing for this shot.