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 […]
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!
The start of the New Year always brings on new goals and expectations. I am always on an never-ending quest to keep my photography fresh and different, this proves to sometimes be a challenge, especially when it comes to launch photography. While each launch is quite different, there are only so many locations around a […]
On June 30, 1960, the final Mower Lumber Co. log train rolled off of Cass Hill and the Cass Mill fell forever silent the following morning. Shortly there after, Midwest Raleigh began the task of scrapping the logging railroad. Luckily, some railfans and local businessmen stepped up and brought attention of the scenic, former logging […]
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 […]
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 […]
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”.