Tour #20: Jacksonville Railfan Tour - Wednesday
|Wednesday, June 24, 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM||Tour Price: $80|
Jacksonville is served by many railroads including Amtrak, CSX, FEC, Genesee & Wyoming, and Norfolk Southern. Your tour guides will be professional railroaders & knowledgeable railroad historians.
Your first stop will be the large TTX repair facility. An officer from TTX will board the bus and give you an overview of the operation. After a visit to Florida’s Official Steam Locomotive, USRA Pacific ACL 1504, we will go to NS Simpson Yard where you will be able to view switching operations and the locomotive servicing facility from the safety of a public access road.
The Port of Jacksonville is a huge facility with its own railroad. We will get an overview of the operations from Port Management and see the trains serving the docks. Florida East Coast Railway Bowden Yard is the main hub of activity in Jacksonville. We will arrange for a presentation by FEC and you will see their newest Natural Gas power locomotives.
Next, we will enjoy a box lunch on the bus as we travel to Green Cove Springs, FL to the North Florida Railway Museum which preserves, restores, and displays the region’s railroad history. Volunteer guides will explain the significance of the rolling stock, provide insights on the challenges of restoring and maintaining vintage rolling stock, and answer questions. While at Green Cove Springs, we will tour the History Museum while waiting for the Amtrak Silver Meteor photo run by.
We will end our day at the former Orange Park, FL railroad station and the historic business car Georgia 300, pictured above, which has carried several U.S. Presidents. We have made special arrangements with the car owner for you to visit this magnificent piece of railroad history. The station also houses an upscale gift shop with many selections of mementos, gourmet food items, and teas. You will have the chance to photograph the Northbound Auto Train – the longest passenger train in the world at over 40 cars – and then head back to the Hyatt.
TTX Repair Facility
ACL #1504 & NS Simpson Yard
ACL #1504 Light Pacific
ACL #1504 Light Pacific
Norfolk Southern Simpson Yard
Port of Jacksonville & FEC Bowden Yard
Port of Jacksonville
MOL Container Ship
FEC Bowden Yard
North Florida Railway Museum
SR X369 Caboose - BEFORE Restoration
X369 Caboose - AFTER
GE 44 Ton Switcher
Green Cove Springs and Silver Meteor
Green Cove Springs
Vintage Silver Meteor
Amtrak's Silver Meteor
The Georgia 300
One-way Driving time: 20 minutes.
Tour includes: Round-trip motorcoach transportation, water, snacks, box lunch and museum tickets.
Special Wear: None