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2020

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January 1st, 2020

We 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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January 2nd, 2020

We 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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January 3rd, 2020

We 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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January 4th, 2020

A light train day as we headed south, stopping only briefly to shoot the parked power of the Florida Northern.

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January 5th, 2020

Disney World.

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January 6th, 2020

We 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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January 7th, 2020

Disney World.

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January 8th, 2020

Traveling 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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January 9th, 2020

We explored Miami before boarding the Disney Magic for a five day cruise.

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January 10th, 2020

At sea on the Disney Magic, we passed a fair amount of other shipping.

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January 11th, 2020

Our 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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January 12th, 2020

Our 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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January 13th, 2020

Like 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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January 14th, 2020

Our 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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January 15th, 2020

Working 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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January 16th, 2020

Working 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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January 17th, 2020

We 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.