Our train to take us to Earlington Heights, the junction with the
I stepped off the train to take this picture. As soon as I pushed
the shutter button, the train left quicker than a New York minute.
Here I was all alone on the
platform after Chris left on the train. He then called to tell
me to meet him at the next station. As I was waiting for the
next train, he arrived on the incoming train. The reason
for his speedy return was that this is a short route that just
runs between the airport and the Earlington Heights; a short
shuttle line. I boarded and we rode to Earlingtron Heights
The rain in Miami.
Out of service.
Miami skyline from the Orange Line.
We rode to the end at South Dadeland station. After a layover we
rode the same train west to the end of the line at Palmetto.
Our train at Palmetto. The lens fogged up as I went from the cold
car to the warm outside air.
Inside our ride.
Another train waiting at the end of line.
The Miami yard in center back.
The Miami Metro shops.
Miami skyline as we leave Palmetto.
View of Hialeah track.
While we were waiting to
leave the Palmetto station, we decided it was time to start
north to Deerfield Beach and we would take this Metrorail train
to Tri-Rail transfer station to catch a northbound train. As we
approached the transfer station, we saw Tri-Rail train
approaching and going under us. The race was on. As we were
racing down the steps to the platform, the train started to
depart. We ended on wrong platform and no time to run up and
down the stairs to get to the correct platform, missed it by
that much. Now we had one hour to wait for the next train.
The private cars in center on the Amtrak siding.
Main line north next to Amtrak yard.
About ten minutes before the arrival of our train we were told to
change to the other side, the platform that is at the bottom of
the stairs that we raced down. We boarded and ran to Cypress Creek
where the conductor had door problems, not being able to get the
doors open and shut. It was so bad that he finally used the rear
seat in our car and opened the window so he could watch the doors,
as well as passengers boarding and detraining. After a long wait,
we left and went two stations to Deerfield Beach.
Deerfield Beach Railroad Museum
Their goal has been to
provide the public with a historical outlook to the reasons
America's railroads played such an important part of the
region's development. and offer model railroading in the form of
two operating layouts.
After arriving at the train
station, we decided to take a look inside this museum located at
After looking around at the
model train layouts, I walked back to the hotel and went to
early diner around 6:00pm so to have time to attend the
convention's seminars which started at 7:00pm. For dinner I had
the Philly Steak/Cheese sandwich in the hotel's Stag Dining
room. After a good diner I walked down the hallway to the
Everglades room for a series of presentations in a standing room
only full venue. I enjoyed all three starting with a) Southeast
Florida Railroading over the years by Walter Zullig:
followed by U.S. Sugar Railroad's Trains Magazine Charter by
Doug Scott and closing with I Cover the Waterfront by
After the meeting broke up, I
returned to my room and ended the day.
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