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More Trains to Hit South Florida


More trains rumbling through South Florida neighborhoods could be coming soon, and with them drivers sitting longer at railroad crossings.

The number of freight trains could more than double after a widened Panama Canal opens. The wider canal and new shipping lane will allow a massive new line of mega-ships to pass through in early 2016, increasing the amount of freight heading to South Florida ports.

After that, the ports likely would be expanded to handle the larger ships. And the goods from those ships would be transported by train.

Some projections estimate that 24 to 28 freight trains a day will travel on railroads in South Florida in the next five years compared to about eight to 11 riding the rails now.

That has many folks worrying about trains blocking roads as they drive to and from work, take their children to school or drive for any reason.

“Some of those freight trains seem extremely long,” said Glenn Smith, of Wilton Manors, who lives three blocks from the Florida East Coast Railroad tracks. “You can back up an intersection real fast with a big train.”

All those lowered railroad gates would back up traffic more often. With passenger trains such as the upcoming All Aboard Florida Miami-to-Orlando passenger service added to the mix, there could be as many 32 trains a day starting in 2016. Tri-Rail has proposed a commuter service on the Florida East Coast Railroad’s freight tracks that could bring as many as 26 to 50 trains a day. It’s unclear when Tri-Rail trains will be on the East Coast Railroad tracks, as the two sides are still negotiating.

To get ready for all those potential trains and delays, the Florida Department of Transportation already is looking at ways to ease the starting and stopping. Minor delays could be fixed with new technology to coordinate gate closings. The department also could align oncoming trains with traffic-signal patterns.

The transportation department is asking railroads to run freight trains at more varied times of the day or double-stack train cars to shorten them, said Jeff Weidner, a strategic development manager for the transportation department.


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Circus Trains: The Second Greatest Show on Earth


The Circus Comes to Town! This early 1950’s photo came through the courtesy of The Cabell Record in Huntington, WV
Here’s a preview of some of the exciting projects we have put together for you:

Our feature article is on the history of circus trains .

We have great sections on circus trains today , trains run by the Strates Carnival: In 2008 approximately 4,900 feet, and the train had 9 coaches (1 being a generator/shop) and 44 TTX-style 89-foot flatcars, + 1 70-foot Warren flatcar bringing up the rear. , and on circus train accidents .

Ringling Brothers Circus has been two shows that cross the country in an alternating fashion. Now, in 2006, we see that there is a third show .

Don’t miss our sections on circus museums , and circus trains reference page .


Ringling Brothers Advertising Car from an old postcard.
The advertising car went a couple of weeks ahead of the circus. It carried at least a dozen men and hung posters all over.


See some great old-time circus train pictures at Buckles Web Log
Including some 1949 pictures of Clyde Beatty circus train.

New York Central Railroad Home Page


Our favorite railroad is the New York Central (well! with my last name, wouldn’t you expect it to be?)

Over many years I have written numerous articles about the New York Central Railroad.
What I realized was that I had no one central (no pun intended) place where someone could go and find everything I have plus what others have too.
Like great passenger trains, we added a second section.

As the New York Central system-wide timetable, Form 1001, used to read:
“Subject to change without notice, not responsible for errors and omissions.”

Here’s a preview of some of the exciting projects we have put together for you:

What Made Up the New York Central Railroad?

New York Central Railroad Pictures

New York Central Map Section


Follow the New York Central on Google Earth

New York Central Reference Section

Short Stories on the New York Central

New York Central Motive Power

Head End Equipment on the New York Central

New York Central Business Cars

Railroads in the Adirondacks

Tunnels on the New York Central