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Old 05-22-2017, 03:12 AM   #3
troy12n
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I live here and can give you some advice.

I can tell you that Orlando is absolutely dead as far as freight goes. You won't see much, if any during the day, everything runs at night, even the Florida Central interchange, which used to happen mid-day.

The only freight that even still runs on the line is a unit coal train to OUC Stanton power plant, and Q455/456 Waycross-Taft, which set off at Palatka and Sanford. The coal trains run at random times, 4-5 times per week, the Q455/456 is daily, but at night.

Your best bet is to try to catch Sunrail at a couple places during the morning rush, then head to Plant City.

Admittedly, I have not been railfanning since CSX has re-opened Winston and jumbled around the schedules, but either Plant City or Vitis Junction (North of Plant City, before Dade City) would be the busiest place within an hour and a half...
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