Abandoned Railroad Back to Life Update
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Abandoned Railroad Back to Life Update

August 13, 2019

Hello ladies and gentlemen, RailROL82 here, your railroad archaeologist I’m going to show you guys sorry about that I’m going to show you guys an update here that I filmed a few months ago
they’re restoring this abandoned railroad here and I’m going to show you
guys I think I filmed it around May or June I’m going to include a link in the
description to the old video to the video I shot at that time compared to
how it is now so you guys can see the progress. Okay so basically I’m going to
also include a link to where I’m at a Google Maps link so i’m at windsor
avenue and service street here at near West Palm Beach Florida Windsor and
then this facing South this is facing North right so here we
see they recently did the pavement marking and there you see another northbound tri rail so it’s a quiet zone right you can see the no train horn sign and the rxr okay and then back when I came a few
months ago This, there was no rail here I think they had removed the rail and they
recently installed this one you can see the heavy equipment tracks here
and then this is gonna be the connection for the new crossing gate see the
ballasts over here the concrete ties but you can see when it was
installed the new grade crossing this is facing North West
this is facing South East okay so there’s a wye here, they’re probably
going to remove this old crossing here because I just saw they have a
foundation there for a new one which is right here There’s no wires in there yet then
obviously that’s the old one so let me give you a zoom in here, here where
you saw a trail that’s the CSX and it connects to the FEC over there right,
way down there so there’s a wye, you got this one going that way and then you’re
going to see the other part of the Y where I’m going to show you,
so it’s about two blocks south of where I began filming as I said I’m
gonna include a Google Google Maps link this location and the original video
that I filmed about earlier this year so you guys can see the progress and here see another southbound tri rail look at that okay alrighty guys so us abandoned railroad
fans rarely get to see happy news like this, here you
can see that they’re installing the brand new crossing gates at this
intersection Got a progress signal base, gate mechanism WC Hayes, WC Hayes bracket there’s no no lights or bells or anything yet
same on this side We just got signal base, mechanism and the mast Progress signal base, WC Hayes gate mechanism, WC Hayes bracket we got that up top and then this is the old boss buck, that’s CSX
s line mile post 96 7.85 crossing number and emergency contact info it’s
maintained by the SFRTA so you got the old and the new right there and last but
not least let I show you this one now I don’t know why well okay I get it
they had the original lights here and they want to replace them but they’re gonna
replace them with cross gates so I guess they expect a lot of rail traffic here
and you see the new grade crossing WC Hayes gate mechanism, WC Hayes arm progress signal base
well that should be k and then here you got the old one WC Hayes old-school signal base look at
that, Safe tran lights think those might be incandescent you got no bell here, and
the dot tag sorry emergency contact info, dot tag do
not see a dot dot tag on here but I do see a safe trend bracket as
well and then they got a porta potti relay case in the back there and the
old in the new over here as well that one also has a WC Hayes signal base
emergency contact info that’s old-school white ones safe tran lights and then you
got the & the new all righty guys I hope you enjoyed this
video please comment below give me a like and if you haven’t yet subscribed
to please subscribe so you can see more Railroad archaeology videos like this, take
care guys over and out


  • Reply Railfan Owen January 1, 2018 at 4:07 pm

    Good video but you forgot my shoutout :O!!! Eh get me in your next video

  • Reply Castle Rock RAIL FAN January 1, 2018 at 4:45 pm

    awesome video railrol82 have a awesome new years day

  • Reply Castle Rock RAIL FAN January 1, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    i sure hope that those new tracks have no trains derail like what happen in dupoint,wa 12-18-2017

  • Reply Tim Daugherty January 1, 2018 at 4:49 pm

    First video for 2018! Great job!

  • Reply Kelvin Henderson January 1, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    Great tour…

  • Reply Martha Gutierrez January 1, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    Good job getting that update, shows your devotion. Thank you

  • Reply Evan Bart 410 January 1, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    WOW! A Port-a-potty!
    Can’t wait to see these crossings go back into service!!! I wonder what they’ll use these crossings for (besides a connection to the FEC)? Great video ???
    Merry 2018

  • Reply Jared G451 January 1, 2018 at 5:04 pm

    Amazing Catch! Finally some good news for a change, I guess it's our little Christmas Present from the FEC and CSX!

  • Reply Shawn Stephens January 1, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    Maybe you can get one of the first trains videos on this line. That would a lot better seeing the last train on the line videos instead. Thanks for the update.

  • Reply GarrettsTrains95 January 1, 2018 at 5:13 pm

    Dang, they're going fast with restoring that railroad!

  • Reply Ferromex fan 4081 January 1, 2018 at 5:17 pm

    Nice! Happy New Year

  • Reply Wojtopkp January 1, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    Nice video Like

  • Reply Colt Connor productions January 1, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    Awesome you're first video of 2018!

  • Reply Karen Anderson January 1, 2018 at 6:08 pm

    Love seeing things like this! I wish many of the lines back where I'm from was like this coming back to live but they were torn out years ago 🙁 I do like the dog tag comment 🙂

  • Reply Terminal Railfaner January 1, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    I can’t wait to see trains go through that crossing

  • Reply piktureit January 1, 2018 at 6:36 pm


  • Reply FEC Railfan SFL January 1, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    I’ve been wondering what the status was on this, thanks for the update!!

  • Reply Mr Mistr Productions January 1, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    Nice to see this abandoned railroad being brought back to life! We have a saying in Czech Republic, it says that what happens to you on the New Year's Day will happen to you for a whole year. Hope this is the case and we'll see many other abandoned railroads being restored! Btw, I've already released the promised video… Many good wishes in 2018!

  • Reply Jan Smith January 1, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    This is coming along like someone else suggested catch the first train. That would be so cool. Have a good New years day! 🙂

  • Reply astrogater January 1, 2018 at 7:25 pm

    Thanks for the tour. Nice video! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • Reply Fire alarm fan number 5 Smoke alarm 2019 January 1, 2018 at 7:41 pm

    Happy new year

  • Reply Phil Pique January 1, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    Rolly, it is 1 degree up here in Bolingbrook, going down to minus 8 tonight. Wish I were down there with you, buddy! Keep up with your adventures, because I love to see where you go. Thanks for posting. I can watch trains without freezing my tuckus off. Take care and watch out for those cars and trucks zooming by!

  • Reply Mel Perry January 1, 2018 at 8:04 pm

    how about a shot of the tail end connector? it's not active, so we get the entire
    perspective?, also why a wye, if it is a straight connection?, is there a speed restriction on tri-rail?,
    not going very fast? thanks

  • Reply CivilGuy January 1, 2018 at 8:09 pm

    I came across a road expansion construction site a few years back and noticed a crossing buck signal in a bin. I wanted to contact the company disposing of it to see if I could purchase it but the next week I drove through the area it was gone

  • Reply pourindiesel January 1, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    Happy New Year!

  • Reply Mel Perry January 1, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    why a connecting track?, much less a wye?, if it is
    for interchamge?, why not
    hialeah yard? what are we
    missing? 🙂

  • Reply 0_RR Crossing Guy January 1, 2018 at 9:45 pm

    Happy new year rolly. I like your vids because they are good quality. It’s nice that abandoned railroads sometimes get reused over there in Florida but over here in California it’s not really the same story but I guess it’s Union Pacific’s fault over here. Anyways I’m happy to see another video

  • Reply Matthew Helgeson January 1, 2018 at 10:54 pm

    He's a j-walker

  • Reply OSCALETRAINCOLLECTOR January 1, 2018 at 11:24 pm

    Get a video of freight crossing to the shipper

  • Reply Erik Max Q Mcc January 1, 2018 at 11:24 pm

    Lmao, first you was playing Frogger. Now your playing Qbert . Sweet just be careful and safe. Happy New year to you and yours mijo?????

  • Reply Jeffrey G January 2, 2018 at 12:36 am

    Happy New Year Rolly!
    In your linked video I requested a follow up and as always you did a great job on this one too! That looks fantastic! Thank you very much!

  • Reply TrainsHunter47 January 2, 2018 at 1:10 am

    Buen vídeo 🙂

  • Reply Mike P January 2, 2018 at 1:36 am

    Good stuff, nothing like seeing new equipment being installed! Wonder if you called the number on the crossing gate and asked for mechanical bells, if they’d think about it? Glad you took some time off to enjoy the holidays, gladder to see new video in my notifications!

  • Reply Muriel Fan January 2, 2018 at 2:06 am

    Thanks for the interesting video! It’s good to see that the track is being restored.

  • Reply Atlantic Coast Line January 2, 2018 at 2:23 am

    Does Tri-rail still have their Bombardier Bi-Level cars?

  • Reply KCS Tex - Mex Railfan January 2, 2018 at 2:30 am

    Happy New Year!?

  • Reply Espee Productions January 2, 2018 at 3:42 am

    So when exactly is brightline gonna start revenue service

  • Reply MFXdump January 2, 2018 at 4:54 am

    Railroad crossing locator info says CSX
    1.B. Total Night Thru Trains
    (6 PM to 6 AM)
    1.C. Total Switching Trains
    1.D. Total Transit Trains

    1.E. Check if Less Than
    One Movement Per Day
    How many trains per week? ____

    3. Speed of Train at Crossing
    3.A. Maximum Timetable Speed (mph) ________
    3.B. Typical Speed Range Over Crossing (mph) From ________ to ________ at all crossings on this line.

  • Reply Ameridas 45 January 2, 2018 at 11:09 am

    LOVING the updates bro!! Awesome video!!

  • Reply Mel Perry January 2, 2018 at 12:56 pm

    i thought brightline was via fec? so why connection from csx to fec? doesn't
    compute? has brightline
    chamged routing?

  • Reply Jerry Sinclair January 3, 2018 at 2:05 am

    Did you notice if there was any construction or cement base for new approach signals?

  • Reply Jeffrey G January 3, 2018 at 3:44 am

    Hi Rolly
    I took a couple looks at old Google Maps of the area prior to the reconstruction. There are a couple spurs unused further past the wye along 26th and 27th streets. The entire track roadbed needed complete rebuilding. Wow looks great now! Check out the old google map photos if you have not already done so.

  • Reply Musicman The FAM January 3, 2018 at 6:21 am

    6:24 interesting how that crossing gate is facing towards that direction.

  • Reply Balerio 2357 January 3, 2018 at 8:45 pm

    Nice coverage, are there new industries being serviced here?
    You're right nice to see expanding rail transportation, instead of dead lines .
    Thanks for posting;
    – Larry

  • Reply Kevin Woodard January 3, 2018 at 10:38 pm

    I had never seen an abandoned railroad being revived in person, until April 2013, that is. In Lakewood, Colorado, an old railroad track closed permanently in late 1997. More than a decade later, the old track was replaced by a new light rail track. RTD worked on it from November 2009 until April 2013.

  • Reply Keystone Tuscanred January 4, 2018 at 1:54 am

    RailROL82: You have done an excellent job with this video. This is better than a conversion to a bike trail which is often the case in the "Peach State", primarily around the greater "ATL" (Atlanta, Georgia) area. Bike trails often lack benefits to those with the following: Autism, Asperger syndrome , the Epileptics, The Blind, the Developmentally Challenged, those with Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia, The Hearing impaired, the severely physically challenged, etc. Rail passenger trains benefit all the mentioned above. It is possible these new rail connections in addition to the new one further south to Florida East Coast Railway's "Little River Branch" is possibly involved with their (Tri-Rail's) "Downtown Miami and Future Coastal Link" service. Amtrak may even show interest with this connection as well. Only time will tell.

  • Reply Michael Myers January 5, 2018 at 9:29 pm

    I am new to railfanning and I appreciate seeing abandoned railroads being restored on Youtube. Thank you sir.

  • Reply Stephane Descoteaux January 6, 2018 at 9:19 pm

    always nice to see old railroad back into service ! !

  • Reply Patrick Carter January 7, 2018 at 2:59 am

    Will you do another update on this when it's done and check out the other end of the wye

  • Reply Sultan_Train January 7, 2018 at 7:52 am

    It is always good news to know that the train tracks again work..like friend

  • Reply Richard Gerlach January 8, 2018 at 4:09 am

    Aren't those Tri-Rail trains headed Southbound?

  • Reply Fridge January 14, 2018 at 2:43 am

    What FEC trains will crossover here?  In the video is that just Phase 1 or have they started Phase 2 for the Northwood Connection?

  • Reply Louis Joseph January 17, 2018 at 4:32 am

    Great Video. That is going to be the New Nortwood connection. Google it. A lot of info. This is for potential future Tri Rail service on the FEC tracks up to Jupiter, and also FEC connection to the Winter Haven ILC via the CSX tracks. Read a lot about this. A lot of studies and planning were involved. This is part of 3 connection tracks planned between CSX and FEC Iris (which is completed), Northwood, and Pompano.

  • Reply Luke Christensen January 20, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    Never seen a tri-rail before, like the look

  • Reply Dawn Crawford January 21, 2018 at 3:42 am

    Found this:


  • Reply Angelo Russo January 28, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    This is for brightline service

  • Reply John Ritcher February 2, 2018 at 12:12 am

    Good video! I like seeing abandoned lines coming back to life!

  • Reply xtremepyrotech February 3, 2018 at 5:36 am

    Great Video Rol, I remember when you first covered this crossing and said it was going to resurrected. Keep up the awesome work!!

  • Reply Rodney McGiveron February 3, 2018 at 10:16 pm

    I'm jealous. In our area in Tasmania ,Australia they de- commissioned our branch line in the mid 1980's after 100 years of service. Has never returned and now bridges etc are gone , it will never again . they have to spend millions on roadworks to fix the damage the coal trucks and timber trucks do to the highway when cheaper rail upkeep would have saved heaps over that 30+ years.

  • Reply g bridgman February 4, 2018 at 12:05 am

    It's always nice to see a railroad brought back to life.

  • Reply Duane Hawk February 5, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    Thanks for informational updates. Live in Northwood. This is about 4 blocks north and 6 blocks west of me. Sometime in future Tri-rail service is to move east onto Brightline tracks, 3-6 years per news reports.

  • Reply Freedomtower Studios February 6, 2018 at 3:18 pm

    Awesome Video!

    When these crossings are finished, you going to come back out to film this? I followed this line on maps, there are a good set of crossings that need to be upgraded, plus lots of track work

  • Reply Jeffrey G February 14, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    Watching this video for the second time. They did a really nice job on the crossings!

  • Reply nothing here February 24, 2018 at 4:20 am

    Im WAIT A Update? But The Rail Not Abandoned? Are You Sure You Want Added A Gate?

  • Reply nothing here February 24, 2018 at 4:23 am

    OH MY GOD?

  • Reply siwik robert February 28, 2018 at 10:01 pm

    I wish this crossing was back to life??

  • Reply Brenden DeWitt March 1, 2018 at 12:28 am

    Happy New Year.

  • Reply Jeffrey G March 11, 2018 at 10:07 am

    Ok…. 3rd time watching this video. My only comment is I believe railroads are making a strategic blunder by not maintaining tracks continuously. Turning them to “bike paths” is just plain dumb.

  • Reply redmancsxt March 18, 2018 at 12:56 am

    As of 3/17/18, Google Earth still show it before the new rails were put in.

  • Reply TheRobdock April 1, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    Wow it’s so so nice to see a crossing and a line going back into good use! So so many abandoned crossings everywhere, the more freight and passenger service, the less amount of trucks and cars on the road.

  • Reply Rodney Morgan Brown April 2, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    So where is the new FEC rebuild going to run too?

  • Reply Marion Tia April 10, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    just subscribed, caught you by accident. but wow, great coverage, great videos, hooked

  • Reply Weeky Day April 29, 2018 at 1:12 am

    Can you please do part 2?

  • Reply Tim Coyle May 1, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    Please next time don't keep the camera pointed so low.

  • Reply Ken Steele May 15, 2018 at 11:39 pm

    I worked @ U & Me for almost 10 years from 1979 thru 1988. I remember seeing a lot of trains use that spur. Then in the 1990's they stopped using it.

  • Reply Albert Cyphers May 19, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    No train horn… That's like planting a lawn over the mine field

  • Reply Lance Reagan May 23, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    FYI, possible Brightline from Charlotte to Atlanta. https://www.wcnc.com/video/news/local/new-talks-of-lightning-fast-train-from-charlotte-to-atlanta/275-8136902

  • Reply tina johnson June 7, 2018 at 12:55 am

    You need a lot of practice in keeping your camera steady or in a smooth, pleasant flow.Stand still, concentrate on what you're saying, and drop the ah's, um, er's and speak with a calm voice.

  • Reply AmCalJojo459 June 30, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    6:24 I think it is important to not drink alcohol and getting turnt before putting crossing gates lol

  • Reply multi gamer channel August 21, 2018 at 10:22 am

    Cool vid

  • Reply MICHAEL ROCKER November 10, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    are they keeping the old signals?

  • Reply Dakota Ng December 2, 2018 at 6:41 pm


  • Reply John Rogger January 22, 2019 at 5:20 am

    Without knowing much am I right to assume they restored both the Wye and the connector to FEC?

  • Reply Freedomtower Studios February 12, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    Any Updates to this line/crossing?

  • Reply Boyd W February 16, 2019 at 6:52 am

    Is there a video that is a follow up on this revived RR line and crossing?

  • Reply Shawn Powell February 22, 2019 at 4:47 am

    That is great to see some old rails get a new life, wish we could see more stories like this.

  • Reply Big CHUNGUS Da gamer March 4, 2019 at 12:28 am

    That single track is a crossrailroad switch

  • Reply Ken Steele March 11, 2019 at 12:50 am

    So are they going to divert the freight trains from 25th St in WPB over on the CSX tracks to go on into or from Miami? I live near the Tri-rail station in Lake Worth. There are many trains on those tracks too during the day.

  • Reply JAMES MARK March 14, 2019 at 3:20 am

    Hope the rea tivation trend co ti ues. What is the sour e of the nes traffic, freight or pzsse ger trains?

  • Reply Louis Joseph March 22, 2019 at 4:35 pm

    Hey Railrol,
    When are you going to do an update? I was there yesterday and it's totally cool. The south leg on 25th Street is about done. The signals are not activated yet.

  • Reply black PewDiePie March 29, 2019 at 5:43 am

    Who else thought that car almost got hit 0:01

  • Reply HAGAN 67890productions May 1, 2019 at 6:49 pm

    i fing hate quiet zones

  • Reply Robert Reid June 10, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    I live near a abandoned train line but i doubt they will reactivate it

  • Reply CA Peninsula Railfan Productions June 14, 2019 at 7:55 pm

    i found this abandoned railroad crossing nearby…hmm.

    AND this one!

    oh looky its the one being restored. (the 4th crossing track) https://www.google.com/maps/@26.7363495,-80.0583349,3a,75y,330.93h,87.04t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sB6X4SZtrWHLBt3k1JJgaHg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656?hl=en

  • Reply Dennis R. Belanger July 4, 2019 at 7:55 pm

    Did you leave a deposit in the porta potty?

  • Reply Yamoto Ken July 8, 2019 at 12:01 pm

    When will you make an update 2?

  • Reply tinman1332 July 26, 2019 at 5:17 am

    I used to live on 33rd St, two houses east off Windsor. Saw a lot of 1st Generation Diesels and some (even then) rare steam on that line. Moved away to Central FL in 1957.

  • Reply LA Railfan July 29, 2019 at 2:14 pm

    What E-bell was on that old crossing?

  • Reply Metro Rail In Los Angeles Production August 12, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    Nice And Rare Catch Here In California Abandoned Railroad Are Left For History Never Seen A Abandoned Railroad Come To Life In California. So Much History In California

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