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Florida Steam - Tavares, FL
 
« on: Nov 8th, 2011, 12:30am »
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It hasn't really been too big of a deal in the railfan community but for the first time in years, a railroad here in Florida is running a standard gauge steam locomotive.  The Tavares Eustis & Gulf Railroad, better known as the Orange Blossom Cannonball, is offering trips at 12:30 and 3:00 on Saturdays and Sundays out of Tavares, FL.  Tavares is located about an hour North of Disney World.  
 
The operation has been running for over a month now with a 2-6-0 1907 Mogul (Reader Railroad #2) burning oil.  Over this next week, the locomotive will be converted back to burn wood.  Once this is accomplished, it will be (as far as I know), the only wood burner that's standard gauge here in the USA.
 
If you would like more information, check out:
www.Orangeblossomcannonball.com
 
or
 
facebook.com/TEGRR
 
Neat little operation and a big deal for the railfan community in the South...
 
 
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Re: Florida Steam - Tavares, FL
 
« Reply #1 on: Dec 3rd, 2011, 9:05am »
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I am going to look into this operation.  Thank you for sharing this so that people like myself, can enjoy an operation like this.

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Re: Florida Steam - Tavares, FL
 
« Reply #2 on: Dec 30th, 2011, 11:45pm »
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You're welcome!  
 
I'd suggest checking out this video to get a sneak peek of the activity going on:
 
http://youtu.be/xqLF84gInkk
 
The #2 is burning wood now and is steaming great on it.  Currently the railroad is running Saturdays and Sundays but is looking into running 1 Friday trip for tour-buses visiting the area.
 
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Re: Florida Steam - Tavares, FL
 
« Reply #3 on: Dec 31st, 2011, 10:05am »
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Dean,
 
How far is this from Ft. Myers?
 
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Re: Florida Steam - Tavares, FL
 
« Reply #4 on: Jan 30th, 2012, 1:42pm »
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Hi Brian, Tavares is about 3.5 hours away from downtown Fort Myers.  The station is located right downtown Tavares.  
 
Here is a link for directions right to it: http://g.co/maps/f64yz
 
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9:10 to Lake Jem Photo Special
 
« Reply #5 on: Jan 30th, 2012, 1:49pm »
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Hello All,
The Orange Blossom Cannonball will be hosting a railfan/photo special coming up on February 18th.  I encourage anyone who would like to get some really great pictures join us on-board and ride the train that morning.  The trip has been named the "9:10 to Lake Jem" (after the movie 3:10 to Yuma).  
 
It will feature two special photo runbys in inaccessible locations along the right of way on our journey.  This white flag special includes coffee, cocoa, and cookies onboard the train.  Photo opportunities will be provided to only those onboard in these locations.  The light will be perfect earlier in the morning to get these special shots.
 
You can purchase your tickets in advance on the web at:
www.Orangeblossomcannonball.com
 
Or by calling the ticket office at:
(352) 742-7200
 
Seating is limited and tickets are only 40 dollars (plus tax)!
Hope to see a few folks there,
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Re: Florida Steam - Tavares, FL
 
« Reply #6 on: Dec 31st, 2012, 11:03am »
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   Well Dean, that 'sucks'. Its right at the start of the 2013 All Steam Un-Meet at the Buckingham Central. I know that I sure would have liked to have been there. Plus probably a few others that will be visiting here. I just don't think its going to be doable!
 
   But, I'm pretty sure you will have a number of 'live steamers' from near by, that will be compelled to 'instruct' (talk down to) you on how to run that locomotive. Heh,heh,heh.


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« Reply #7 on: Jan 27th, 2013, 9:49pm »
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Erie - not sure, but you do realize this even took place last year?  
 
The posting date was in January of 2012, for February 18 2012.  
 
So, it doesn't interfere with your All Steam Un-Meet, but you still missed it.


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« Reply #8 on: Jan 28th, 2013, 6:59am »
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  Oh, hell, your right. I thought it was for 2013. Does'nt matter anyway. Our dear friend Dean G.(dgmarklin) is leaveing the little wood burner for a job with Amtrak very shortly. I know we will miss him at the Buckingham Central, for sure.

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« Reply #9 on: Jun 25th, 2014, 11:41pm »
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My wife and I are going down to Cape Canaveral in a couple of weeks.  Tavares looks to be be within reasonable driving distance.

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« Reply #10 on: Jul 31st, 2017, 12:44pm »
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We made our way over to Mount Dora a few days ago.  We heard about the situation with the railroad and the equipment being moved south for storage and the FEC steamer for restoration.  Hopefully, U.S. Sugar will finance the restoration to completion.  There will be a new line operator on the Mount Dora to Tavares line this coming fall.  Most likely, from what my wife and I learned, it will be a scenic/ dinner train.  
With that said, we will be back to ride the rails once everything is in place and ready to roll.


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