Thursday, April 30, 2015

Speaking of FEC #253

Here are a group of pictures of the move of #253 and several other pieces of equipment from Dade County to Ft. Pierce on June 13, 2009. Taken in Palm Beach and Martin Counties.

The next four photos were taken just south of Hobe Sound (the town) from the side of Dixie Highway. The road is quite a bit higher that the tracks in this area. (for Florida anyway) Approximately milepost 275.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Ft. Pierce April 18

A visit to the Steam Locomotive Association FEC #253. Also a photo of the Ft. Pierce FEC yard and a video of FEC 3377 found on YouTube.

 FEC # 253 Alco 0-8-9  Road Switcher. Manufactured in 1924 in Richmond.
Oil Fired

 Steam Crane FEC #3377

 Nameplate on crane: 
Industrial Works Builders; Bay City, Mich. U.S.A.
Mach. No. 4703 1925
Capacity With Jackbeams; 300000 Lbs. at 17 Ft. Radius; 100000 at 30 ft.

Note the old style axle bearing boxes. Hence the term "Hot Box" when it overheats.

 Boxcar converted to Caboose 
FEC Ft. Pierce yard from Citrus Ave. Overpass

It appears this video was made when the crane was parked on the siding of the K line just west of US 1.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Great Train Song

Not many know he was born in Brooklyn, Nova Scotia, Canada

Monday, April 20, 2015

Folkston Railwatch 2015

Railwatch was held Saturday, April 11. Lots of folks there and lots of pictures. Check out YouTube for some great videos taken by others. We arrived Friday and left Sunday.

Sat, 11 April 2015  08:39 AM
Amtrak 91 Silver Meteor southbound in Folkston
GE Dash 8-32BWH #514 behind GE P42DC #186
Read that the Dash 8 isn't used in scheduled service often.
*If you zoom in you can see a crew member waving at the crowd.*
I enlarged the picture so you don't have to copy it to your editor.

Amtrak 91 Silver Star about 1:45 late southbound in Folkston
Sat. 4/4 7:56 AM

 Pancake breakfast next to the mainline on Saturday.
Double header with Tropicana
 Well attended. The viewing platform is in the distance.
 The only non CSX locomotive seen.
 A nice looking Tropicana car with no graffiti. :)
 Amtrak 97 Silver Meteor with 205 and 160 Sunday morning.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

CSX Special Folkston April 16, 2015

Caught this one locomotive two car special on the web-cam at 10:49 AM. Southbound and caught the defect detector at mile 610.6 announcement. No defects, Track 1, length 209 ft., 74 mph, 12 axles. Only caught the end of the locomotive. :(

Monday, April 13, 2015

Coal Train

Cleaning the windshield near Spruce Pine, NC before heading south down "The Loops" from Alta Pass down the mountain to Marion, NC.

September 24, 2008 10:51 AM Canon PowerShot A430
Walnut Straight Road and Altapass Highway

Amtrak 97 Silver Meteor

Amtrak 97 in Folkston, GA April 12, 2015. Neat "double header", watch to the end.