Posts Tagged ‘Sunrail’

Sunlight on a Sunrail Locomotive

February 6, 2017

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One of the lines that I railfanned while on vacation in Florida was Sunrail, the Orlando commuter service.

This is a new line that had a phase one opening on May 1 2014. Phase one has 12 stations starting at Sand Lake (Orlando International Airport) to Debary on the north end.

Phase 2 will add four more stations on the south end and Deland on the north end.  The south end is under construction while the Deland station still needs financing.

Trains are short, no more than three cars, but give a consistently smooth service.  Rush hour schedules are approximately every half hour in both directions.

I took a southbound train to get back to the airport on my way home. Three Lynx bus routes connect at the Sand Lake station for the airport.

In 2015 Sunrail carried almost one million people or about 3,800 daily riders.  Initially, Sunrail ran weekdays only but has recently added Saturday service.

Sampling the Railroad Action of Central Florida

May 30, 2016
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Amtrak’s Silver Star crossing the St Johns River at Sanford, Florida.

The southbound Autotrain at Sanford.

The southbound Autotrain at Sanford.

The Silver Meteor makes a station stop at Deland, Florida.

The Silver Meteor makes a station stop at Deland, Florida.

Florida East Coast train 101-29 at Daytona Beach, Florida.

Florida East Coast train 101-29 at Daytona Beach, Florida.

An FEC train crossing the Tomoka River at Ormand Beach, Florida.

An FEC train crossing the Tomoka River at Ormand Beach, Florida.

A Sunrail commuter train at the station in Debary, Florida.

A Sunrail commuter train at the station in Debary, Florida.

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Akron Railroad Club member Todd Dillon was in Florida this past weekend and sends along these images from the Sunshine State. He caught some Florida East Coast, Amtrak and Sun Rail commuter trains.

Photographs by Todd Dillon