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3/18/2017 06:56:00 AM
WOW what a terrific collection I've never seen any of these Another great morning event
There's something about a train, AND a CIRCUS. Wonderful set. So much nicer than New Jersey. Many thanks for starting the weekend off in fine fashion.
The Atlantic Coast Line Railroad was the only dual track for the entire East Coast from NY to Fla They were merged in 67 with the Seaboard Airline Railway to form the Seaboard Coastline Railroad The whole damn shebang became Amtrak in 1971 & went to hell
I've taken the Amtrak version of the Silver Star from NY to Tampa where Amtrak provides a very nice dedicated motor coach to Sarasota (as well as return trips on other occasions) & in a sleeping car has been a nice alternative to flying
The US has lost well over half of it's rail trackage Freight rail rules almost all of what's left
Whenever my wife and I travel across country, we invariably book passage on an AMTRAK passenger train. Our favorite train is the SOUTHWEST CHIEF, which we use when traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago. (It follows the same route as the old SUPER CHIEF.) Going by train takes us a little longer to reach our destination, but it also provides us with an opportunity to see something of the country; its mountains, deserts, rivers, forests, farms, small towns, etc. Surprisingly, more and more people are now opting to travel by train, particularly during the peak summer vacation months when the many inconveniences and indignities associated with air travel are particularly acute.
Chic this is the Bradenton train station with the freshly painted MSG train going north. This train only carried what was needed in the Garden and why there is only cages and prop wagons loaded on it. Do you know if this station is still standing? I know the Sarasota Mission style Atlantic Coast line station was torn down 2 years after it was placed in the National Register of Historic Places. ( it was called the Tampa Southern Railroad when it was built if I remember right). Too bad it couldn't have been saved. This was in the mid 1980's when the Sarasota station was torn down. The quarters had a Seaboard spur and a Atlantic Coast spur going into it. Besides the circus train, carloads of hay and feed came into quarters each winter. The 100's of draft horses came here a few years before they were shipped to Peru Indiana for the winter after the American Circus Corp. was purchased. thank you Buckles for sharing these with us.p.j.
The Sarasota ACL station after standing empty & forlorn for several years was turned into a steakhouse for several years before developers bought the property for a high rise medical office building "Kane Plaza" that sits at the East end of Main The Seaboard station on Lemon Avenue was gone in the late 60s I believe
I agree with the others. This was a terrific set of photos. Thank you for sharing them with us.Bob
The locomotives on both the East Coast Champion & West Coast Champion had this color scheme
Current edition of "Trains" magazine has several articles and many photos of the Ringling Bros. trains. Definitely a keeper.
Thank you, BOB. I'm looking for this issue of "Trains".
Kenny tells me that the Bradenton Stations were torn down long ago also Tampa is the closest to the Southwest locations It was nicely restored some years back
The Venice ACL Station after years of neglect has been somewhat done over as a bus station with the GG statue
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