A New Englander in South Florida – Feb 18-23, 2007 1


Just wanted to share a few select shots from my adventures around the Boca Raton/Deerfield Beach, Florida area. Took the family down there to visit my parents who live in Deerfield Beach, FL, smack between both the FEC and CSX/TriRail tracks (we also did visit that big mouse in Orlando for a couple days at the beginning of the trip). So I tried to get out as much as I could – not much FEC action, because as my shit luck had it, FEC was doing track work up and down the entire line the week I was there – ranging from rail grinding in the north to undercutting/ballast cleaning in the south (more on this in a bit), so quite a few trains were annulled (mostly the unit rock trains and corresponding empties – manifest, juice, stacks/pigs & autos all still ran), and most everything ran at night. But I did catch a bunch of TriRail and even one daylight CSX local. OK, enough blabbing, here’s the goods.

For more pix beyond what I’ve put in this email, click the link below to get to the
overall Photo Journal for the month of February – each sub gallery is organized by date.
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Now on to the goods…

TriRail, surprisingly, provided a variety of equipment to photograph. Not only the usual F40s and double deckers, but I also caught a couple GP49H-3s, and even a set of DOT DMU demonstrators. Here’s a few images below.

F40 Meet at Deerfield Beach:

The two trains meet in Deerfield Beach
The two trains meet in Deerfield Beach
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Friendly wave from the southbound engineer:

A friendly wave from the TriRail engineer as he heads south out of Deerfield Beach, FL
A friendly wave from the TriRail engineer as he heads south out of Deerfield Beach, FL
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GP49H-3 at Boca Raton:

Southbound TriRail approaches the Boca Raton station
Southbound TriRail approaches the Boca Raton station
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Southbound with the pair of DMU demos at Delray Beach:

A southbound TriRail commuter train arrives at the Delray Beach, FL station with a pair of DMU Demonstrators
A southbound TriRail commuter train arrives at the Delray Beach, FL station with a pair of DMU Demonstrators
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Another GP49H-3 at Delray Beach:

Northbound TriRail heads out of the Delray Beach station
Northbound TriRail heads out of the Delray Beach station
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Now to the freight stuff. Caught one CSX local in daylight, the Pompano Switcher O-717, working a customer just south of the Deerfield beach station.

Pulling out of the customer’s siding, with an apropos TriRail sign:

CSX local O-717 pulls towards the main in Deerfield Beach, FL
CSX local O-717 pulls towards the main in Deerfield Beach, FL
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And another visitor came floating by – the Goodyear Blimp. It’s home hangar is just to the south in Pompano Beach:

The Goodyear Blimp slowly moves over O-717s power
The Goodyear Blimp slowly moves over O-717s power
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Finally, some FEC action. Due to the trackwork on the system, I was only able to catch one train in daylight – train 206, which is a northbound pig/stack train that hits the Deerfield/Boca area around 8am. The train typically runs around a mile and a half long, and has 3-4 GPs on the point. Here they are racing through the straightaway in Boca Raton at a good 50-55 MPH:

FEC train 206 races through Boca Raton, FL
FEC train 206 races through Boca Raton, FL
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And a bit further south, crossing over the Boca Raton/Deerfield Beach canal:

FEC train 206 speeds across the Deerfield/Boca Canal
FEC train 206 speeds across the Deerfield/Boca Canal
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OK, now for the trackwork. On Monday the 19th, my wife & I took off early, leaving the kids with my parents. Well, we did get a bonus – FEC was operating a leased CP undercutter in Boca Raton, heading south cleaning the ballast. Where we came across them (same spot I got FEC 206 in Boca above), there were great views of the RoW. Here’s athe shots of the machine in action – it’s quite an interesting beast:


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The buisness end of the machine:


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No issues with photographing the crews working, and there was an FEC foreman there watching over the operation. I just kept my distnace, and out of their way. I spent a good hour there photographing them work. Glad my wife had a crossword puzzle to do in the car. 🙂

And that was it! Glad I could get some railfanning in while I was down there. Boy was it nice being out trackside in shorts…heh…

Thanks for looking & enjoy!
Tom

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