New Year’s Eve with the FEC and TriRail 2


We have a ritual when we’re down here at my parent’s place in Florida – we make a morning trip to Einstein Bagels in Boca Raton, FL.  This fine New Year’s Eve morning, we left the kids with my parents and went out in search of trains after the bagel stop.  Well, I did the train search party – Jill was happy listening to the radio while I was doing my thing.


So this morning before leaving for the bagel shop on this last day of 2009, I checked ATCS Monitor to see if there were any FEC trains heading our way.  I saw that there was one north of West Palm Beach heading south.  OK, we’d have time to get our bagels and get to the curve in Boca for a shot of the southbound.

With bagels in hand, we headed south on Dixie Highway a bit to a bank parking lot near the curve.  The good thing about this spot is I can see the intermediate signal near the Boca/Deerfield Beach line.  After a few minutes of sitting, we heard the dispatcher acknowledge FEC train 123 hitting the Hypoluxo detector.  OK, here he comes!

A few minutes later the signal to the south of us lit up, which meant the train was in the block.  So I got my gear together, and headed across the street to get into position.

Moments later I got a really long shot of 123 coming into view, as a bicyclist was crossing the tracks

A biker crosses the FEC main in Boca Raton, as train 123 comes into view in the distance
A biker crosses the FEC main in Boca Raton, as train 123 comes into view in the distance
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Date Taken2009:12:31 08:42:35
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Then 123 crossed over Camino Gardens Blvd

FEC train 123 heads south through Boca Raton
FEC train 123 heads south through Boca Raton
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Date Taken2009:12:31 08:46:34
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And they came into range, so i got a few shots of them passing by me

FEC train 123 rolls through Boca Raton, FL on a sunny morning
FEC train 123 rolls through Boca Raton, FL on a sunny morning
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Date Taken2009:12:31 08:46:59
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Focal Length (mm)168.00 (168/1)
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FEC train 123 passes through Boca Raton with a water tower in the background
FEC train 123 passes through Boca Raton with a water tower in the background
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Date Taken2009:12:31 08:47:02
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Focal Length (mm)82.00 (82/1)
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FEC train 123 passes through Boca Raton with a water tower in the background
FEC train 123 passes through Boca Raton with a water tower in the background
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Date Taken2009:12:31 08:47:03
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FEC train 123 heads south through Boca Raton
FEC train 123 heads south through Boca Raton
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Then a couple going away shots

FEC 123 heads south through Boca Raton
FEC 123 heads south through Boca Raton
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Date Taken2009:12:31 08:47:08
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FEC 123 heads south through Boca Raton
FEC 123 heads south through Boca Raton
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Date Taken2009:12:31 08:47:10
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And one of the empty wells on the tail end of 123 streaking past an old No Trespassing sign

The tail end of 123 streaks past a "No Trespassing" sign in Boca Raton
The tail end of 123 streaks past a "No Trespassing" sign in Boca Raton
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Date Taken2009:12:31 08:47:04
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Exposure Time 0.020 s (1/50)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
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Finally a shot of the marker pulling through the curve, heading south

The tail end of 123 heads south through Boca Raton
The tail end of 123 heads south through Boca Raton
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Date Taken2009:12:31 08:47:41
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Focal Length (mm)179.00 (179/1)
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With nothing else in the picture, I figured that was it for FEC action.  A look at the clock, and I figured we had a bit of time to hopefully catch some TriRail runs.  So we headed over to the Boca Raton station a bit further north of us.

After finding a parking spot, I grabbed my gear and headed to the station.

Once I got there, I checked the signals to the south – the southbound tracks were showing a green.  Cool, I’d at least get one train.  Now to figure out where I was going to shoot from.

I checked out the shot from the pedestrian overpass – wasn’t exactly impressed with it considering the variable light from the passing clouds.  But I did notice something that wasn’t there a couple years ago – a path over the canal into a park.  So I figured I had enough time to check it out.

Walking over the bridge, I was greeted with a nice view of the tracks crossing over a calm canal.  That was the shot.

A moment later, I saw the crossing gates at Yamato Rd. drop – the southbound was here.  Not long after that, the southbound crossed the El Rio Canal

A southbound TriRail crosses the El Rio Canal in Boca Raton, FL
A southbound TriRail crosses the El Rio Canal in Boca Raton, FL
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Date Taken2009:12:31 09:31:30
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Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
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But as the train stopped in the station, I noticed something else – a northbound making a station stop.  Back to the bridge I went…

After dropping off & picking up passengers, the northbound headed out, so I got a shot of the cab control car crossing the canal

The cab control car of a northbound TriRail crosses the El Rio Canal in Boca Raton
The cab control car of a northbound TriRail crosses the El Rio Canal in Boca Raton
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Date Taken2009:12:31 09:32:40
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The the power

A northbound TriRail crosses over the El Rio Canal in Boca Raton
A northbound TriRail crosses over the El Rio Canal in Boca Raton
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And another shot of them sneaking behind the foliage

A northbound TriRail continues out of Boca Raton station
A northbound TriRail continues out of Boca Raton station
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2009:12:31 09:32:48
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Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)23.00 (23/1)
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With that in the bag, I noticed the southbound was still in the station.  So I sprinted up the stairs to the pedestrian overpass, and got into position as they started to pull out of the station.

After catching my breath (as those of you who know me, I’m not exactly in shape…well, unless you consider round as a shape), I got a couple shots of the southbound heading for the signal.

A southbound TriRail heads out of Boca Raton station
A southbound TriRail heads out of Boca Raton station
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Date Taken2009:12:31 09:34:43
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A southbound TriRail heads out of Boca Raton station
A southbound TriRail heads out of Boca Raton station
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2009:12:31 09:34:58
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With those in the bag, we had to get back to the house, so I packed the gear away and we drove back to Deerfield Beach.  Not a bad way to end 2009 – railfanning in shorts…

Thanks for looking!
Tom

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2 thoughts on “New Year’s Eve with the FEC and TriRail

  • Bryce Lee

    Tom…the long shot of 123 where the icycle is crossing the single track; is that a dip or bend in the rail or is it my imagination?

    Tri-Rail for a period had GO Transit equipment on long term
    lease, seeing a Go Train in Florida was really odd for friends who wentthere for a vaction, or so they said.

    Me? Haven’t been there for 35 years and somehow have no desire to go there.
    Many of my friends are snowbirds and go to Florida, or Arizona (because it is dry) or Hawaii. If they can and want to and can afford to do so, more power to them.

    Me, I’ll stay here in canada where the wind chill is minus 26 Celsius. Mind it is much colder further west.

    • Tom Nanos Post author

      Bryce-

      Yes, that’s an ever so slight dip in the rails, just amplified by the telemash.

      What’s funny about the weather is what they call “cold” here. Today was a high of about 60 in south Florida. Everyone was walking around in parkas, scarves & mittens. It’s all relative, I guess…