The Orange Blossom Cannonball steams into History

Smoke billowed and steam wisped through the air as dozens of railfans and sightseers assembled at the depot in the town of Tavares, Florida for the Orange Blossom Cannonball’s final trips to Mt. Dora. It was a somber mood as both current and former employees gathered throughout the weekend to see the train off. The […]

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Top ten favorite steam locomotive photos of 2016!

2016 provided many great opportunities to photograph multiple steam locomotives across the United States. I have put together this list of my top ten favorites of the year!        

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A trip through the California Redwoods

Just a week after celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Cass Scenic Railroad in West Virginia I found myself in Felton, CA visiting the Roaring Camp & Big Trees Railroad (RC&BTRR). The RC&BTRR has been high on my list of places to visit for many years and I finally got my chance during a recent […]

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A Ride into History on the Cannonball

Located in central Florida, the Orange Blossom Cannonball is the states only steam powered tourist railroad. The Cannonball is powered by a Baldwin, 2-6-0 type steam locomotive originally built for the Lufkin Land & Lumber Company of Lufkin, TX. The locomotive later saw use on other railroads before being purchased by the tourist hauling Reader […]

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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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Best Photos of 2010: Trains “Part One”

Over the past year I visited several tourist railroads around the East coast. This blog will showcase some of my favorite images of the first half of the year. Part Two will feature my favorite images from the second half. At the end of January I attended a photo charter on the Western Maryland Scenic […]

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