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    Railroad Crossing Removed Before and After
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    Railroad Crossing Removed Before and After

    August 15, 2019


    Hello ladies and gentlemen, I’m over here at SW 40th ST which is also Bird Rd in Miami, FL. and this is the site of the former FEC Railway Right of way That went up South. This is looking South. Met up with US 1, with the mainline along US 1. That went to the Florida Keys and eventually become into the Oversea Railway. But yeah, as you can see, this is where I’m at. And this is the railroad bed here. Facing South. This would be looking North. And this would be the foundation where the cantilever once stood. See the big screws that held it in place here. There’s 8 screws. There’s 4 on that side and 4 on this side. And this is where the where the crossing gate stood. And this is where the crossing was. Apparently, they’re going to turn this into a trail. all along the former right of way. It’s going to be Ludlam Trail. Here’s all the bulldozers and heavy equipment. That’s going to undertake the job. In this 2008 picture, you can clearly see the pavement markings in the bottom facing West on Bird Rd. Cantilever up top. And in this 2013 picture we can see that there’s nothing left. No No pavement markings, no cantilevers no crossing. Completely gone. Please Subscribe or like. Thank you for viewing. Over and out.

    Abandoned Railroad Being Restored
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    Abandoned Railroad Being Restored

    August 15, 2019


    Hello ladies and gentlemen, so this is the before as you can see the rails were buried here in this picture. And in this picture, they used this track as a parking lot. You can see all the vehicles that are parked on it. But welcome to 2017! Here we see the first crossing. It has no gate, just lights and a cross buck. Here we see the emergency contact info. And we’re going to see a Safetran signal base here. And this is where the track used to be. You can see off to the right side there that there’s some cross ties they’re going to lay for the new track. This is going to be utilized for the Brightline now. So it can give, it can facilitate rail traffic in this area. This is looking East That’s looking South. This is looking North here. And this is where the spur used to come from the CSX main known as the SFRTA here in South FL. You can see the relay case off to the left there. And You can see this is where the train traffic stopped. And here we can see the crossing number 2. with the emergency contact info here And a Safetran signal base as well, no correction this is Modern Industries. A modern industries signal base. You can see lights are Safetran Cross buck up there. And there you see the where the track traffic stopped. This is where they’re going to lay the new track-age now. There’s the old relay case. Like I said, this is going to be used for Brightline. Please Subscribe or Like! Thank you very much for viewing. Over and out.

    Train & Malfunctioning Railroad Crossing Gates
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    Train & Malfunctioning Railroad Crossing Gates

    August 14, 2019


    Ok guys, this line of cars you see here is due to a huge gate malfunction on the SFRTA where the Tri Rail runs through train horn. You can see the gates are down These cars have been waiting here for a LONG time! So you have an idea, look how backed up it is. train horn. Oh the conductor had to get down, look at that. There’s the conductor with the flag. There’s the Tri Rail passing. Ok so supposedly, you see the train passed the crossing gates should be coming up right? They are still down. On both sides, look at that guys. It’s freeking huge. You can see the Historic CSX Bridge & Bridge tender’s house. And over here we can see the line of traffic the malfunction has caused. Right now I’m walking West on NW 20th ST. That right there by the way is Miami Jai Alai Casino. And these gates are not coming up anytime soon. I called to report it but I don’t know how long they’re going to take to get here. Because this is amazing. There’s nothing that can be done. I mean how do these cars, what get down and lift the crossing gate? But that’s that’s impossible. Because they would have to hold it open for everyone else? Look at this old man. Wow! Wow! Wow! Oh look at that guy lifting it up. I called it. That’s amazing. What ended up happening was that I went to go get a quick drink of water and stopped filming for a few. And as I came back, I saw the signal maintenance crew working on the gates and they fixed it. Everything went back to normal.

    Abandoned Railroad FEC Industrial Spur Commerce Park Miami, Florida
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    Abandoned Railroad FEC Industrial Spur Commerce Park Miami, Florida

    August 13, 2019


    Hello ladies and gentlemen, another sad site over here in Miami, Florida. I’m a few miles away from the Miami International Airport and this is an abandoned FEC industrial spur. This one used to cross here and served some warehouses about a mile or so down. This would be North. and then Here you can still see the concrete ties That were used as sign posts. That said “FEC Railway Company private property no trespassing” You got 1 2 3 4 and there’s more on the other side. And then here you can see where the train used to load They would just pull up the railcars here. You can still see the rocks from the spur. That at one point came through here. Yeah guys, the rails were pulled. There’s no rails or ties anywhere to be seen on here. So you were just looking South, now you’re looking North again. And I’m going to see over there if I can see anything Oh look! Look what I found! Wow! I’m going to play the lottery today! Ha ha ha! So let me give you one last look at the piece of rail that’s still at the road here. Oh and I just saw some more evidence on the other side. That’s where the crossbucks used to be. What a shame. Alright guys Thank you for viewing. Please subscribe, like, or share and I’ll catch you next time. Bye bye.

    Unused Railroad Crossing AFTER Hurricane Irma
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    Unused Railroad Crossing AFTER Hurricane Irma

    August 12, 2019


    hello ladies and gentlemen so I filmed
    this crossing right before Hurricane Irma you’ll remember this was the unused
    crossing over here at Southwest 280th Street and here you can see the damage
    it yanked it right off of the arm and then this one appears to be still
    intact but as you can see uh the track is
    impassable over there you can see off in the distance uh there’s trees covering
    the middle of it so either way it makes no difference because it’s not like a
    train was gonna come here this track has been unused for years this area, its the Friday after this
    area still has no power so they’re probably not gonna fix this anytime soon
    I’m guessing and this is actually one of the older all crossing gates this one’s
    made out of fiberglass you see the fibers there Reco lights poor guy Alright guys, thanks for viewing this video. Please Subscribe or like over and out

    LAST CROSSING in the USA & End of the line (Abandoned Railroad)
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    LAST CROSSING in the USA & End of the line (Abandoned Railroad)

    August 12, 2019


    Hello ladies and gentlemen, you guys are going to witness today the last crossing in the continental United States. As well as the end of the line. The Southernmost railroad in the United States. There’s no more railroads South of this point. In the continental United States this is the CSX S line. As you can see that’s the S line Homestead Subdivision Milepost 66.90 It’s SW 10th Ave and 6th Street. So as you can see, the rails are not linked anymore. This would be an abandoned railroad. and I’m going to take you to the actual end of the railroad. This would be the Southernmost railroad in the United States. There isn’t anymore railroads in the continental US more South than this one. Up until 1984, the FEC went further, but that track was abandoned as well and later on removed. it’s now a busy way. This used to be an old SCL for you guys that don’t know. Actually an old SAL at that. It was built in the 1920’s to promote tourism to Homestead. This is the New Jerusalem Church of God and Christ. And this is where it officially ends. You can see 1926 Escrow Maryland The end of the line. So now I’m walking back North guys. This is facing Miami way. If you guys know the last time a train came to this stretch of track, please comment below. I’d love to know. I’m guessing it was maybe decades ago. So again were going to cross SW 6th Street over here. And here we have the Greater Williams Chapel Free Will Baptist Church. Look at that 2 churches within 1 block of each other. And then these are all the old wooden cross ties over here. Alright guys, please subscribe or like. Thank you for viewing. Take care, over and out.

    Abandoned Railroad Spur
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    Abandoned Railroad Spur

    August 11, 2019


    Hello ladies and gentlemen, we’re looking at a MOW storage over here which is also an abandoned FEC industrial spur. On NE 195th ST and West Dixie Highway Here I just stepped on some old cross ties. And there you can see the MOW storage. This is the end of the actual well the spur. for now, and then this is where it used to lead into. See the old rusted rail? Tie plate right there. cross ties. Here we see a big tree growing right on the rail. And This is Dixie Highway over here. So if you guys ever saw a train here, I’d love to know when was the last time you saw it? I’m guessing it was sometime in the 70’s or 80’s But yeah, where that truck is, that’s the end of the line right there. They just paved over it. So this would be facing South There you see the where the box cars used to load. And I’m going to be walking North again. To where I originally began filming. Hurry up and cross and then here is the FEC mainline which is currently used for freight but in a few months, they’re going to start running the Brightline on it. Alright guys, and then here is where the rail met the road. and back to our starting point. Please Subscribe or Like, guys! Thank you for viewing. Over and out.

    Old Railroad Crossing Under Highway
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    Old Railroad Crossing Under Highway

    August 11, 2019


    Hello ladies and gentlemen, I’m over here underneath Highway 874 At the SW 87th AVE crossing in Miami Florida. I’m going to show you guys a very old SCL railroad crossing here. Okay, there we can see the cantilever very old style and then in the middle we can see, in the median crossing you got the crossing gate separate from the lights and cross buck with the pinnacle up top. First, I’m going to show you this one over here. And this is going to be a on the CSX S Line mile post 46.67 we have a Harmon signal base. These lights, I believe are going to be Safe Tran. Yeah, Safe Tran lights. Safe Tran light bracket and the cantilever up top. And here we have a WRRS signal base. That’s pretty old. An old WC Hayes mechanical bell. This is a yeah, WRRS gate mechanism also. And then this is what I really want to show you guys. Now I’m going East. And then here we got the crossing gate separate from the lights and cross buck. These are also Safe Tran. The signal base will be Safe Tran as well. Oh US&S actually! Oh wow! Alright. And a WRRS gate mechanism. WRRS signal base. WRRS mechanical bell, nice This is track view SW Track view NE On this side you got the old WRRS signal base as well. WRRS gate mechanism WRRS mechanical bell. US&S Signal base and Safe Tran lights. Oh look we got the really case over there. I actually got a train a few weeks ago at this crossing. I’ll include a link to it so you guys could see it. And now I’m going to show you guys the cantilever for the North bound. Okay I think I can make a run for it after this guy. yeah Yeah, Harmon Industries signal base S line Homestead Subdivision Mile post 46.67 And let me give you a look at the cantilever on this side. See it shows you instead of having 2 lights it has a sign here that says clearance 17 6 I don’t know if you guys can make it out; back light is kind of bad on that angle. And then yeah, Safe Tran lights WRRS gate mechanism WRRS signal base WRRS mechanical bell And look! We even got a fiberglass crossing gate. You don’t see many of those. Now they’re all aluminum. See the fibers on it. And let me leave you guys with the track view here. So again, track view NE and track view SW Please Subscribe or Like! Thank you for viewing! Over and out.

    Abandoned Railroad Crossing Covered by Trees
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    Abandoned Railroad Crossing Covered by Trees

    August 11, 2019


    Hello ladies and gentlemen, I’m over here at SW 272nd ST. in Homestead, FL on a rainy day. I’m using an umbrella. And I’m going to show you an abandoned railroad crossing today. First of all, here we have the pavement marking or what’s left of the pavement marking. You can see a little bit of white here on the X, from the RX R. This is facing West. You couldn’t tell there was a crossing there because its all consumed by shrubs and trees. right? And then I’m going to give you the East bound look. So again, now were looking West. And We’re making our way to the crossing. Okay, so now that we’re getting a little bit closer here You can actually notice the crossing gate on the Western side of the crossing. There’s a car coming up behind me. One second… So this is the crossing and this would be Track view South here toward Homestead This, there’s agriculture down here so there’s probably strawberries avocado mangoes A lot of good stuff down here So let’s look at the actual crossing here crossing gate We have a Safetran signal base A safetran gate mechanism Safetran lights and the cross buck. Oh! We have a this is a track view North now. and we actually have a mechanical bell here! Let’s see WC Hayes yes. Safetran lights, Safetran gate mechanism Safetran signal base It’s a fiberglass crossing gate Not like the aluminum ones you see nowadays. Track view North toward Miami I’m going to be walking back guys. I thank you very much for viewing. Please Subscribe or Like. Thank you over and out.

    Closed Railroad Crossing & Kids/Mother Walking on Track
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    Closed Railroad Crossing & Kids/Mother Walking on Track

    August 11, 2019


    Hello ladies and gentlemen, today I’m going to show you guys a closed railroad crossing. I’m over here in NW 12th ST and NW 137th Ave in Miami, FL. We are right underneath Highway 836 and here’s a look at the crossing This was a private crossing. And there you could see the emergency contact info. Funny because they don’t even put a location or a crossing number. and then this would be the actual crossing this is the 836 and this would be facing East bound This would be facing West. That right there was the North side of the crossing. This is the South side of the crossing. And here is where they closed it off. Recently I’m going to have to look back on historical images, but I know that this road here. NW 12th ST was built maybe like less than a decade ago. So there was actually a passage through here. came out through there. But yeah, once they built this road The NW 12th ST and then they built the overpass they pretty much shut this up. the passage her down. So that’s what it is now, all shrubs and trees. Oh, let me give you a look at the contact info on this side. CSX Transporrtation well then we got no crossing and no milepost number. This here is almost the end of the… This here is the like I said this is facing East. Facing West. We got that little kid in the middle of the track over there. This is track view West and then this is the Lehigh spur. Right over there the track ends. I believe they come to get rocks there’s a rock quarry down that way. So yeah guys That’s what we got here today As I’m here let me show you a quick look at the there’s a wooden trestle bridge here. Yeah. Alright guys, please subscribe, like, or share. And I thank you very much for viewing. Over and out.