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The lights of Amtrak's SILVER STAR, train #92, cut through the darkness during a nighttime stop at DeLand, Florida on September 30, 2009. Engines 122 and 172 lead the way as the train's horn announces its arrival at the historic station. After a brief moment for passengers to alight or board, the Silver Service train continues its way north to New York, its tail lights trailing off into the dark Florida wilderness.
Just south of DeLand, along the Florida "A-line", is FPL's Sanford Power Plant. The lights seen from the electrical plant give off an eerily beautiful glow as the SILVER STAR passes by.
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Join the festivities for National Train Day held at Union Station in Tampa, Florida on May 9, 2009. Check out the historic facility, built in 1912, and view the station from the end of its lengthy platforms, framed by the downtown skyline. Tour Amtrak's Superliner equipment, a rare sight for an area used to Viewliners. Passenger compartments, dining facilities, and the galley are shown in a walk-through. Radio Disney's remote broadcast from the front lawn greets heavy traffic while live music at the platform entrance keeps visitors entertained, including the Lightning Ice Girls, from NHL Stanley Cup winning team the Tampa Bay Lightning. Model train displays and historic Burgert Brothers photos greet the crowds inside TUS, along with event sponsors the Florida Coalition of Rail Passengers and the National Association of Railroad Passengers. Suddenly there are two trains on the platform, a rarity for Tampa, as Train #91, the SILVER STAR arrives. The whistle sounds as the rear sleeper car backs onto track 2 adjacent to a new train(?), the "BLUE MOON". This video is Part 1 of two.
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The May 9, 2009 National Train Day celebration at Tampa Union Station continues in this second video of two. A look at the station's clock tower reveals history told in its artwork. Shown are the Plant System, the Seaboard Railroad, Atlantic Coast Line, and Tampa Northern, as well as CSX. Then it's on to the Florida East Coast Railway as we find their 1954 Pullman "Florida Sunrise" car which awaits restoration at TUS. Railfans gather around Amtrak's SILVER STAR #91 as it prepares for departure with just one engine. Badly needed and overdue repairs on the station's canopy and platform are allocated in recent stimulus legistation. We take train #91 out of Tampa for a day-trip to Winter Haven and see that station inside and out. We check out nearby Lake Shipp and Harbor Side restaurant, which are both a short walk from the station, as is William G. Roe Park and Avenue X. The horn sounds the arrival of Train #92 so we board for the return trip to Tampa. We glide over rails and water and see railfans gathered at Neve Wye. The station announcer welcomes passengers to Tampa upon our return and we admire the SILVER STAR alongside Special Train #974 backing up to the downtown skyline. Northbound Train #92 pulls away and we watch it roll into Ybor City from the end of Tampa's platform. Inside Union Station, exhibits are packed up as National Train Day 2009 has drawn to a close.
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We leave the Friday evening traffic outside Union Station, Washington, DC, and join the southbound CRESCENT on November 14, 2008. A glimpse of the departure board at the station shows it is time to go. As we depart, we roll past double-decked commuter cars of the VRE, Virginia Railway Express. After rolling through Alexandria, VA, we eventually roll into Lynchburg, VA. Amtrak's three-story Kemper St. Station welcomes Train #19 with some very bright lighting during its late-night stop. We find the station very nicely restored and see an old Southern Line baggage cart. As the CRESCENT rolls away, the metal cars shine with reflections of Lynchburg's lighting. The tail-lights on the last coach car trail off into the dark of night as #19 rolls on towards New Orleans. We are left at the station and joined overhead by a crescent-moon.
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Watch Amtrak's SILVER STAR reverse its way through Tampa's Ybor City Historic District. Trains back into stub-end Tampa Union Station and here we see a conductor at the end of a sleeper car leading the way with a high-pitched whistle. Most footage was shot April 25 & 26, 2009, so this features the new consist which recently became standard on the Silver Service trains as well as the CRESCENT, which places the coach cars near the engines and the sleepers at the tail. Aerial and ground-level video is featured and captures the downtown Tampa skyline, as well as the rooftops of Ybor, Centro Ybor, and Ybor Square. Shots of Tampa Union Station also appear as the southbound #91 and northbound #92 back their respective cars down the Tampa tracks passing railroad crossing gates and "No Trespassing" signs from CSX. Eventually we see the train depart Tampa, "backtracking" the same route it came in on from Lakeland, back through Lakeland again though now with engines first.
The STAR backs across another rail line just outside the Tampa station yard. The track belongs to the TECO Electric Streetcar Line, and we see Birney replica standard car #428 make its way through the rail junction.
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Amtrak trains #97 & #98, The SILVER METEOR, passing through Orlando on two sunny December days in Florida. The film shows the early afternoon stops of both the northbound and southbound trains on 12/04/2008 and 12/24/2008 (Christmas Eve). See the 1926 Spanish Mission-style station (built by Atlantic Coast Line, later branded under Seaboard Coast Line) inside and out
Find out if the trains perform on time. late, or early!
Take a ride on #98 north to the next stop, Winter Park. Ride past Konomac Lake in Volusia County. See the travelers taking to the rails on Christmas Eve as both Meteors make their way to New York and Miami.
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Station announcements detail the arrivals of Trains 97 & 98, Amtrak's SILVER METEOR during their daily passenger service to Orlando, Florida on April 29, 2009. This "sequel" to my earlier "Meteor-lando" video catches the trains from some angles not seen in the original. The announcer welcomes the travelers (and you the viewer) to Orlando and the Walt Disney World area and gives details regarding checked baggage and Thruway Motorcoach bus connections. Get a "bird's eye" view over the #97 as she departs from Orlando southbound to Miami. Catch a glimpse of nearby eatery The Jazzy Dog Cafe as the announcer alerts the public to the arrival of Northbound Train #98. Climb aboard the SILVER METEOR as she pulls out of Orlando Station and ride with her through Downtown Orlando skyscrapers and past the old ACL Depot, Church St. Station.
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Ride along on a day trip aboard Amtrak trains #91 & #92, the SILVER STAR, on February 4, 2009. This is the outbound half of the journey, and Part One of a two-part video.
Come inside Tampa's Union Station as passengers gather, then watch the #91 back into the terminal as the announcer alerts us to its arrival on track 2. After an exchange of horns between the engine and the tail-end car, we are on board and pulling out on time. The attendant warns not to change seats, or else she won't be able to wake you, and you'll "ride till you wake up." We pass through Ybor City on our way out of Tampa, and note the crossing of the old Tampa Northern Main Line, as well as Neve Wye.
Next we pass through downtown Plant City, and see the intersection of the A-Line and S-Line. On to Lakeland with a view looking North as we approach the city's Amtrak Station. By the time we depart, we're looking south right at the station as we roll past. We then check out the rolling rural countryside and cattle country of Polk County, Florida. The runway at the Ridge Heights airport runs parallel to the railbed and is close enough to make you hope they never land a big plane.
Orange groves begin to dominate the landscape as we pass Lake Damon and Little Bonnet Lake on our way to Sebring, where we say our farewell to train #91 as it continues its daily "fall" down Florida on its way to Miami. Fortunately, the train was close enough to its scheduled time that my day-trip didn't turn into an overnighter. Sebring is the farthest point to which one can travel by train from Tampa and still theoretically return same-day.
See Part Two for the journey's conclusion:
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Ride along on a day trip aboard Amtrak trains #91 & #92, the SILVER STAR, (with a bonus appearance by SILVER METEOR #97) on February 4, 2009. Here in Part Two of two, I journey from Sebring, FL back to where I started in Tampa several hours earlier.
With the #92 running behind, it allows me to be at the Sebring station when the southbound #97 breezes through (I debut my new custom-design emblem for the SILVER METEOR in the opening credits). Later we peek around inside the station and outside while the agent announces the northbound STAR's arrival. It surges into the station and next thing you know, we're aboard and "rising" up the state after "falling" on the southbound train earlier.
As we pass the spur into Avon Park, we watch the town as it unfolds in our window. Sighting their old Seaboard passenger station, I throw things into slow-motion so we don't blink and miss it. The station has been turned into a museum and features a dining car from the pre-Amtrak California Zephyr train. (Yes, I misspelled "Exhibit".)
Next we make our return pass through Lakeland, looking at the sides we missed on the way down. Then we cross the bridge over the Tamoa Bypass Canal, where the Hillsborough River's overflow is directed and where Tampa gets much of its drinking water.
Then we see the train curve ahead of us as it makes its northerly turn onto the Neve Wye spur in preparation for it's stop into Tampa. Coming to a halt under an Interstate 4 overpass, you'll hear passengers ask the routine question, "Are we in Tampa?" Technically, yes,, but we still have to back our way into downtown.
We soon reverse direction and back out of the Neve Wye back onto the A-Line. We see Ybor City looking south this time and witness the train cross over the tracks for the TECO Electric Streetcar. Soon after we've backed our way into the terminal and disembark at Tampa Union Station. We view downtown and look back at the "Rising" SILVER STAR #92 as it stretches away from the station. It is running a lengthened compliment today with two (or three?) empty coach cars it is transporting.
Our final sight is back in Ybor City where the SILVER STAR zooms past on its way out of town, bathed in the orange glow of the setting Florida sun.
See Part One of the journey:
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The southbound train #91 greets patrons at the DeLand, Florida station with a good morning horn blast upon three separate arrivals shown here. See the SILVER STAR shine through some dense fog on the third day. Amtrak #91 was filmed arriving at the restored 1918-era station on November 29, December 8, and December 29, 2008. Times of each arrival are shown, as are views of the station and tracks looking to the north and to the south. Trains block the crossing at Old New York Avenue during stops to this station, formerly known as DeLand Junction. The SILVER STAR #91 departs from New York daily on its way to Miami by way of DeLand and other points in between. A custom-designed emblem for the SILVER STAR is featured, inspired from an emblem used currently across all Amtrak trains. This emblem is an homage to Trains P091 & P092.
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All aboard train #92, the Silver Star, as it pulls into Ft. Lauderdale and leaves on its journey through Florida, to Tampa's Union Station, where we disembark before the train continues its Amtrak service bound for New York.
Stations seen on the trip include West Palm Beach, Okeechobee, Sebring, and Lakeland.