Tuesday, December 4, 2018

World's Largest Track Layer

All that machine and still needed a guy with a big hammer.

A long way from the days of the Gandy Dancers.

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. 

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

Tuesday, October 16, 2018


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.


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. 


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.