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.
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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:
Friendly wave from the southbound engineer:
GP49H-3 at Boca Raton:
Southbound with the pair of DMU demos at Delray Beach:
Another GP49H-3 at Delray Beach:
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:
And another visitor came floating by – the Goodyear Blimp. It’s home hangar is just to the south in Pompano Beach:
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:
And a bit further south, crossing over the Boca Raton/Deerfield Beach canal:
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:
The buisness end of the machine:
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!