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Road Trip 2008

Road Trip 2008

This was a trip to Orlando, Floriday. We left Tuesday April 1, and returned Friday April 11. Our route took us through Bufalo, NY, Erie and Pittsburgh, PA, Wheeling and Bluefield, WV, Atlanta and Macon, GA, Lake City, Jacksonville, Daytona Beach, Sanford and finally Orlando, Florida.

Along the way we were able to shoot the following pictures.


April 1: Day 1. Home to Wheeling, WV

Buffalo and Pittsburgh in Erie, PA.

Wheeling and Lake Erie in Pittsburgh, PA.


April 2: Day 2. Wheeling, WV to Greenville, SC

An eastbound NS autorack train at Bluefield, WV

A local headed by ex-UP SD50's in Bluefield

A westbound merchandise in the valley at Bluefield

An eastbound coal train

Ex-SP Dash 9 with an ex-UP SD50 at the Bluefield diesel service area

Light power moving off the west end of the diesel service area, ending our visit to Bluefield, WV.


April 3: Day 3. Greenville, SC to Jacksonville, FL

A pair of NS GP38's at Macon, GA

Georgia Central U-Boats switching in Macon

A loaded eastbound NS aggregate train

An empty westbound aggregate train


April 4: Day 4. Jacksonville, FL to Orlando, FL

Power hanging around Florida East Coast's Bowden Yard 

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Amtrak 'switcher' at Sanford, FL Auto Train Terminal

CSX southbound container train

Northbound Amtrak train (not Auto Train)

Auto Train departure

This would be the last train watching for a few days


April 9: Day 9: Orlando, FL to Jacksonville, FL

A CSX GP38-2 waiting at a small intermodal yard

Florida Central GP7u's pulling a transfer 1 2

CSX northbounds in the yard

Power at Florida East Coast's diesel shop at Bowden Yard (incl. SD70M-2 103!)

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After we left Bowden Yard we didn't see another train until we were back in South Carolina. Unfortunately we weren't able to shoot an eastbound junk train lead by GTW GP40-2's. We stopped at Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton, PA. Although there was nothing operating while we were there, we took a tour of the shops. Unfortunately not all of the equipment isn't in service, and most of it has not been painted in at least 20 years. Some of it needs a lot of work to restore, and some may be too far gone.