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Top photos from January, 2020

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January 1st, 2020We started the year in Galveston, took the Bolivar Ferry, which is free and state-run in a place where socialism is anathema, and worked our way into Louisiana on the hunt more for crawfish than trains.
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Galveston, TexasGalveston is a significant industrial port, cruise port, and tourist town on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. The island is home to several railways, an enormous single track bridge with its own authority shared by UP and BNSF, and a century-old tram.
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Orange, TexasOrange is on the Texas-Louisiana border along the Union Pacific and I-10.
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January 2nd, 2020We left Lafayette in bad weather hunting more for crawfish than trains, which we found nearby, and set our sights on the streetrunning at Gretna on the New Orleans and Gulf Coast. There was trackwork near the streetrunning and nothing was running over it -- bad luck -- but we did find two working on the line.
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Gretna, LouisianaGretna is across the river from New Orleans and is the site of the New Orleans and Gulf Coast, which makes extensive use of street running.
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New Orleans, LouisianaNew Orleans is famous for many things and needs no introduction. It is also a busy railroad city.
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Pascagoula, MississippiNear the Mississippi-Alabama border along the CSX at the junction of the Mississippi Export.
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Plaquemine, LouisinianaPlaquemine is along the Mississippi river between Baton Rouge and Gretna along the Union Pacific.
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January 3rd, 2020We started the day at Pascagoula, Mississippi, catching a single CSX out the window of the hotel in torrential rain before going off to explore, and quickly find, the Mississippi Export Rail. We were lucky enough to catch it on the causeway near the company's shops in Moss Point before proceeding on to the port city of Mobile Alabama to check out another shortline, the Alabama Export, where we found two G&W units switching and a single pre-G&W painted unit elusively switching in a spot we simply couldn't shoot.
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Mobile, AlabamaMobile is the home of the Alabama Export and a busy set of yards at its large port.
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Moss Point, MississippiHome of the Mississippi Export Rail shops just north of Pascagoula, there is some almost street-running and an easily viewed curved causeway.
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Pascagoula, MississippiNear the Mississippi-Alabama border along the CSX at the junction of the Mississippi Export.
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January 4th, 2020A light train day as we headed south, stopping only briefly to shoot the parked power of the Florida Northern.
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Ocala, FloridaOcala is home to the Florida Northern Railroad.
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January 5th, 2020Disney World.
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Orlando, FloridaThe home of Disney World and so many other attractions -- and an interesting selection of unusual trains...
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January 6th, 2020We traveled out to Port Canaveral to board the Disney Dream for a tour and caught one at Titusville on the return to our hotel.
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Titusville, FloridaTitusville is a bit north of Cocoa near the Kennedy Space Centre along the FEC.
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January 7th, 2020Disney World.
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Orlando, FloridaThe home of Disney World and so many other attractions -- and an interesting selection of unusual trains...
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January 8th, 2020Traveling from Orlando to Miami, we stopped at Port Salerno to see the spot where I started watching trains (unsuccessfully) up close as a kid. This time, we did catch one northbound.
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Port Salerno, FloridaPort Salerno is a smaller community in Martin County and is where it all began for me. As a kid, my grandparents had a condo at Emerald Lakes on SE Cove Road where they wintered. Every Christmas, we would drive down as a family to visit them, and whenever I could I would take the bike down to the crossing and wait, hoping for a train on the FEC tracks. In all my Christmas holidays of doing that, I never once saw a train there, though did once chat with a track foreman who got off to inspect why his truck had triggered the crossing gates. All night long I would hear trains pass and so the next day I would try again...
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Stuart, FloridaStuart is in Martin County on the FEC and home to a peculiar roundabout with the railway through the middle and the Stuart drawbridge on the railway, both of which I have not yet photographed but have seen.
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January 9th, 2020We explored Miami before boarding the Disney Magic for a five day cruise.
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Miami, FloridaMiami has a surprising amount of rail, with FEC, CSX, and a variety of passenger services in a complex network through town.
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January 10th, 2020At sea on the Disney Magic, we passed a fair amount of other shipping.
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The Atlantic OceanShipspotting at sea can also be fun...
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January 11th, 2020Our first port of call was Key West, which is famous for once having been the end of the Florida East Coast's sea route, destroyed by a hurricane in the 1930s. In honour of this history, there are local tourist road trains in large numbers floating around the downtown.
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Key West, FloridaAt the southern tip of Florida, 90 miles off the coast of Cuba, was once the end of the Florida East Coast. The railway has been gone almost a century, but it remains a tourist town with plenty of road trains to entertain.
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January 12th, 2020Our second port of call was Nassau in the Bahamas. Not too many trains, but being an island nation, there is plenty of shipping to go around.
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Nassau, BahamasNassau is the capital of the Bahamas and a frequent cruise destination with plenty of maritime activity to watch.
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January 13th, 2020Like many cruise ship operators, Disney owns a private island in the Bahamas called Disney Castaway Cay, which offers some great views of the ship we are riding if you don't mind not seeing the bow.
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The Atlantic OceanShipspotting at sea can also be fun...
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Castaway Cay, BahamasDisney Cruise Line's private island...
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January 14th, 2020Our trip nearly over, we got off the ship in Miami and wandered north to Jacksonville, stopping only once for a train at West Palm Beach.
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Miami, FloridaMiami has a surprising amount of rail, with FEC, CSX, and a variety of passenger services in a complex network through town.
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West Palm Beach, FloridaWest Palm Beach needs no introduction and is along the Florida East Caost, also served by several passenger services.
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January 15th, 2020Working northward, we stopped for gas and trains in Florence, South Carolina. The Amtrak station agent politely declined our request to shoot from the platform so we made do with looking through the fence.
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Florence, South CarolinaFlorence is a CSX junction a few miles south of the North Carolina border on the I-95.
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January 16th, 2020Working our way up the I-81, we happened upon a slow Winchester & Western northbound approaching Clear Brook, Virginia, right on the border with West Virginia, and caught it at the next exit -- 10 minutes later.
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Clear Brook, VirginiaClear Brook is on the I-81 and Winchester and Western at the West Virginia border.
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January 17th, 2020We completed our 21-state tour of the US and returned to Canada, catching the Delaware-Lackawanna switching at Steamtown in Scranton and a northbound NYSW at Onativia Road near Lafayette, New York.
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Lafayette, New YorkLafayette is just north of Syracuse on the I-81 along the NYSW.
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Scranton, Pennsylvania(map) Home of Steamtown, a large state parks-run museum dedicated to the preservation of steam engines. It is about 45 minutes south of Binghamton.
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