A Day on the Cannonball

While I was in Florida recently I was able to make it over to Tavares, FL to photograph Florida’s newest and only steam tourist railroad, the Orange Blossom Cannonball. The Tavares, Eustis & Gulf’s #2 is a Baldwin Locomotive Works 2-6-0 steam engine built in 1907. It began its life working in the backwoods of Texas as a logging engine. It was rescued from the scrap heap by the Reader Railroad, restored, and put to work hauling tourists and starring in Western films such as “3:10 to Yuma” and “True Grit”.

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Winter Slumber in the Cass Shop

The winter months are a very busy time around the Cass Scenic Railroads locomotive shop. Currently four Shay locomotives are inside the shop all receiving some type of work. Cass Scenic Railroad Shay #2 is currently undergoing its FRA mandated form 4 inspection which includes a complete thickness scan of the boiler and new flues. […]

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