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Welcome to the Florida Train Picture Web Page


EQUIPMENT

Most of the pictures were taken with a Mustek MDC4000 4.0 Mega Pixel Digital Camera. The pictures were then processed with Adobe PhotoShop 6.0 and Adobe PhotoShop CS. The camera is small and lightweight but requires almost full sunlight to take decent train pictures. Also trains tend to have a lot of shadowy areas.
The lastest pictures have been taken using a Kodak CX7530 5.0 Mega Pixel Digital Camera. This is a great camera for the price. Pictures taken on cloudy days even look good. It has a mode that shoots four pictures at once with a press of the shutter. Great for getting pictures of fast moving trains.

LOCATIONS

TAFT YARD - ORLANDO

There are usually any where from three to six engines here. Beside switching in the yard they are used for local trains to Sanford and also for the many sidings in the Orlando area. (Orlando Tradeport Florida Rock Industries, CSX Auto Ramp etc.). Usually a couple of thru freight trains pass through the yard during the daylight hours as well as the Amtrak trains.
The Yard Master no longer gives permission to take pictures in the yard area or enter onto to railroad property.
Pictures can be still taken from the public areas (convenient stores, gas stations etc.) along route 17/92.


RAND YARD / AMTRAK AUTOTRAIN - SANFORD

Usually a couple of CSX units at the south end of Rand Yard across from the Amtrak passenger station.
Amtrak has two separate stations here, one for the Auto Train and the other for the passenger trains.
This is the south terminal for the Amtrak Auto Train. An Amtrak switcher switches the auto racks around the terminal and makes up the Auto Train. Amtrak also has a repair facility located here.
Security is tight in the Auto Train Terminal area and they do not like people going around taking pictures.
South of the Amtrak passenger station is the Conrad Yelvington Aggregate Plant and they have their own engine.
Pictures can be taken from the Amtrak passenger station platform.


AMTRAK STATIONS - ORLANDO / WINTER PARK / KISSIMMEE
These are public areas and usually you can take all the pictures you want without any problems.


NEW SMYRNA BEACH

The FEC Locomotive Repair Shops are located here. Lots of motive power here as well as the wreck crane. Also located here are the stored and out of service units.
You need to get permission from the yard supervisor (at the top of the stairs) before you walk around the property. They will not let you enter into the shop buildings.


FORT PIERCE YARD

Usually a couple of FEC units here depending on the time of day. Most units here do yard switching as well as running the local freight trains. This area of the FEC is most active between 5:00 and 11:00 PM.
On Sunday there is no yard activity and the locomotives are usually parked next to the parking lot.
Get permission from the Train Master located in the office to be on the property. Both he and the train crews are very friendly and helpful, the FEC Police are not.


WARNINGS

When taking pictures stay on the roads next to the tracks. Do not enter the railroad property without permission and do not walk on the tracks.
FEC Police have been known to give out Property Tresspass tickets especially in the Cocoa area. Sometimes even the local police will question what you are doing.


RAILROAD FREQUENCIES

The best way to find out if a train is coming or is in the area is by listening to a scanner radio.
AMTRAK / CSX TRANSPORTATION
JACKSONVILLE TO AUBURNDALE
160.59    Road / Train to Train
          Talking Equipment Defects Detectors
161.52    Jacksonville Dispatcher
160.92    Jacksonville Dispatcher - Orlando Area
AUBURNDALE TO MIAMI
161.10    Road / Train to Train
161.52    Jacksonville Dispatcher
AUBURNDALE TO TAMPA
160.59    Road / Train to Train
161.52    Jacksonville Dispatcher
OTHER
160.230   Bone Valley Dispatcher / Operations
160.785   MOW / Engineering
160.845   Sanford AutoTrain Operations
160.800   Taft Yard (South Orlando)
160.800   Tri-Rail (South Florida)
160.890   PBX (Railroad Telephone)
161.100   Taft Yard
161.265   PBX
161.430   PBX
161.550   Sanford AutoTrain Yard
End of Train Transponders (Digital Telemetry)
452.9375  Front of Train (Diesel)
457.9375  End of Train
161.115   Norfolk Southern Trains
FLORIDA CENTRAL RAILROAD
160.545   Plymouth Dispatcher
161.475   Operations
MT. DORA SCENIC RAILRWAY
160.545   Operations
FLORIDA EAST COAST RAILWAY
160.530   Dispatcher to Train / Train to Train /
          Talking Equipment Defects Detectors
160.650   Maintenance of Way
160.770   Train to Dispatcher
161.010   FEC Shop, Yard Switching
161.190   Highway Trucks - Digital Data
End of Train Transponders (Digital Telemetry)
452.9375  Front of Train (Diesel)
457.9375  End of Train

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