CSX O721-27 Kendall, FL 03.27.2011 "The Little Engine that Could"





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Uploaded on Mar 27, 2011

Fun fact: You can see fragments of this train being put together on Google Earth's overlay from 3.26.2011.

Today my mom's friend from Kendall, FL who lives 0.4 miles of walking from the CSX Homestead Subdivision (HS) invited us over for food and tea, in a roughly annual event which I remembered always fell on the end of March. The March 29, 2009 catch of O721 was also directly involved with that, except this time, I walk to the tracks.

O721-27 the Sterling Switcher was put on duty and left at 16:30 from Hialeah. I thought it would take about anywhere between 55 and 80 minutes to get to Kendall Drive (SXH48.68).

So I walk to the crossing which was a shorter walk than I ever envisioned, there was a shortcut I never utilized, but I did so and that brought me to the HS in minutes. It's just like walking from one end of my high school to another and back, not a lot at all. I left at 5:10 PM, satisfying the 55 minute predicament (ref. January 23, 2011 -- O721 left at 4:30 PM, clocked in 5:25 PM)

I arrive at about 5:20 PM and see nothin'. "Hmm, look over there, if I walk down this patch of grass I will be harder to notice, and would end up with a wide open shot." I hold a 15 minute conversation with Rudy (rufec12). It's funny how he asked me "are you sure it hasn't gone by yet?"... I walk to the spot seen within this video and tell my friends how amazing it is. There's always that worry the train hauled ass in every way that it would.I wait and pick a deadline cutoff of 6:00 PM, because it's known to clockwork that the train can never take over an hour and a half to come by, not even with a slow order -- the speed is already slow in this line, 25mph MAS.
I set up and just keep looking. I give a long pause between stares and when I take a look at about 5:51 PM, there he is! EMD cab, I think SD50 or SD60, plus that K974 could have returned as K973 with its occasional CYDX mtys.
I turn the cam on and start shooting away. I got a little disappointed at the lead unit, which tells me K974 was a FRKX unit rock train and the power has yet to be known; 8790 and 9025 are on Q182 to Charlotte today.

Sunday, March 27, 2011
Kendall Drive Kendall, FL -- SXH 1048.68
CSX O721-27
CSX 4318 (GP39-2 ex. D&H, nee. Reading)
64 cars
17 loads of different cuts of sand
47 empties
Extra board engineer -- she looked like she was the one on O920-04 back last year.

The engine was notching up for the two grades south of me, yes guys, Florida is not all that flat. I dare you to take a look south from Kendall drive and tell me that the area is flat. :P

Also notice the Miami Dade Transit bus FAILING to stop! This is a violation of traffic laws.

(C) 2011 brickbuilder711/Distant to Ojus Productions


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