Saturday, November 3, 2018

UPDATE - Folkston Rail Cam - No longer Cam of the Week

The webcams at Folkston are no longer cam of the week and the free YouTube feed has been disabled. There are several others available, Do a YouTube  search for Virtual Railfan.

The webcams at Folkston, Ga. are now online at Youtube. 

Thanks to Dixie at Whistling Dixie Cafe and Railfan Lodging for letting everyone know on her facebook page. 



97  SILVER SERVICE / PALMETTO
Southbound Folkston headed to Jacksonville 
Screenshot Saturday morning 11/3/2018 at 9:52 AM

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Radio

I have decided to add a new label that is searchable. I have several posts that are about radio and radio topics. I recently received an email from a young lady that was interested in ham radio and had discovered my orphan blog about ham radio. She suggested adding the following link about ham radio emergency communications.

https://alertfind.com/amateur-radio-and-emergency-communications/

Thank you Ella, that was very timely given the recent hurricane and the response by the ham radio community. Hams are currently deployed throughout the Florida Panhandle at shelters and emergency operations centers. Communications is both on linked UHF repeaters (sarnetfl.com) and on HF on 40 and 80 meters depending on propagation.

 
Here are the contents of the orphaned blog:

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Before the Iron Horse

 There were real horses. And in Florida that meant cowboys.









OK, Cowgirls. The 31 annual Florida Cracker Trail Ride across the state ended Saturday, February 24, 2018 with a parade in Fort Pierce. The ride started Feb. 17 on the west coast in Bradenton honoring the Florida cowboy pioneers.

After the War Between the States (recent unpleasantness) a group of pioneers were know as Florida Crackers because of the cracking sound from the whips they used to drive cattle and oxen pulling carts and wagons. Every year they would drive the scrub cattle across the state from west of Ft. Pierce to Bradenton and then to Punta Rassa for shipment to Havana, Cuba. Other sources say the cattle operations started earlier.



The Cracker Trail was the only dry route across Florida with the Kissimmee River and its floodplains to the north and Lake Okeechobee and the Everglades to the south. For more information, go to crackertrail.org.

For another interesting read see:  Jacob Summerlin (February 20, 1820 – November 4, 1893), aka the King of the Crackers and King of the Cracker Cow Hunters, was reputed to be the first child born in Florida after the land was ceded by Spain.




Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Chesapeake and Ohio 614 -- A Link

Chickenmon did a great Friday Night Steam post on the C & O 614 locomotive. I did a bit of looking around and found this video and wanted to share.



C&O 614 - 80+mph From The Air!

The information on the FNS post gave the top speed as 125 mph. 

Chickenmom


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Maeklong Railway Market

This is a little different. Kim Komando posted it recently and I had to share.


In Samut Songkhram, about an hour outside Bangkok, is Maeklong Railway Market, one of the largest produce and seafood markets in Thailand. But beyond the selection of fresh fruit and fish, the market has become infamous for one thing—the train that runs directly through it. In 1905, the Maeklong Railway built a commuter train line through the center of the popular market. But rather than move, the vendors adapted to the new conditions, working around the train that passes through eight times a day, seven days a week.

Friday, January 5, 2018

The Bamboo Train

 The bamboo train, called the "norry" by locals, is one of Cambodia's most adventurous tourist attractions - rated by the Lonely Planet travel guide as one of the Top Ten Things to Do in Cambodia.

Located in the northwestern provincial capital of Battambang, the bamboo train began after the Khmer Rouge left Cambodia in tatters.  With the railroad mostly broken and abandoned, villagers took tank and truck parts leftover from the war and cut them to fit the railroad.  They then placed a bamboo platform on top - held in place only by gravity - and added a small motor to the back, often taken from small cars, motos, or boats.  The result was the bamboo train - a small railroad cart capable of traveling up to 40km per hour down the warped and bumpy tracks, which can be taken apart and reassembled in under two minutes.

Watch what happens when two of them meet going opposite directions.

There are even chickens riding on the train. Just for Chickenmom.

Another that shows more detail.


The Bamboo Train is Closed but Will Reopen (Currently Scheduled January 2018)