A little help from your friends, a CSX motor gave 53 an assist amazingly only an hour or so late. A tie replacement and other MOW work is underway on the A line.
Amtrak unfortunately has had some issues of late and a failure of one of the P40's sent CSX to the rescue. Amazingly, 53 was only an hour or so late despite this issue.
Through a thundery downpour, FEC 105 hustles south.
Toting 2 cars, SGLR 580 now rolls northward along the former SAL in Sarasota. The 580 is former FEC 660 built in 1954.
SLGR 580 edges up to Martin Luther King way southbound on the former ACL main.
The 580 now southbound after picking up two cars from Berry Plastic seen crossing Tallevast Road.
SGLR 580 after rolling south a few miles on the old SAL is now rocking and rolling northbound on the former ACL leaving downtown Sarasota behind.
Rolling due east on the former SAL wye the 580 will swing back north on the former ACL to Berry Plastics. The giveaway that is is a former FEC motor is the missing upper headlight.
The SGLR route in Sarasota is U shaped. The 580 here is on the curve rolling from the former SAL route southbound to the former ACL north. The destination is Berry Plastics at the end of the line.
The Sarasota Turn starts the day, running down down the former SAL main and up the ACL main to Berry Plastics.
Former FEC 660 now SGLR 580 idles awaiting the tasks of the day. For now this is a Monday morning operation, if you wish to shoot it be here by 0700.
FEC 103 rolls through passing a mini rail grinder.
FEC always does a top notch job on ROW and the appearance of MOW equipment is common like this railgrinder.
Due to the first schedule change with Auto Train since Amtrak took it on in 1983, the departures are now an hour later giving us a daylight view.
Changes to 103/204 now make them a Jax - Fort Pierce and back run, note the back to back power leading.