Last Runs for Orange Blossom Cannonball

Making a backup move in Tavares, Florida.

Making a back-up move in Tavares, Florida.

While vacationing in Florida I caught one of the last trips of the Tavares Eustis & Gulf steam train, the Orange Blossom Cannonball.

TE&G No. 2, a Baldwin 2-6-0 built in 1907, powered these final trips the weekend of Jan. 27-28 2017.

This scenic railway used the tracks of the Florida Central short line. It started operation in 2011 and an increase in trackage rights fees caused it to shut down this month.

The equipment has been used in movies such as True Grit, Appaloosa, and 3:10 to Yuma, among others. It is owned by the Reader Railroad of Arkansas and will be returned there.

I was fortunate to be vacationing for these last trips.

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon

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