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    FEC Rebuilding the Overseas Railroad
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    FEC Rebuilding the Overseas Railroad

    August 15, 2019

    Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always wondered
    what the Overseas Railroad would look like and today I’m going to rebuild it for you
    guys. Let’s start by adding rock. Good! It’s looking just like the one that ran parallel
    to US 1 in Miami. Now, we add some rails… Exactly as how I remember it! There is, however, a slight modification:
    because as you guys know, where those cars are currently running on used to be the actual
    railroad. In this example, the Metrorail never got installed
    in 1984 so it allowed the track to continue running parallel to US1 and eventually they
    built it back into the Keys. Let’s see that train! Now that’s what I’m talking about, we have
    a full fledged Overseas Railroad with a train and everything! How beautiful does this look, guys? Okay so now we have the full visual impact
    of what this would look like nowadays. Let’s get the audio version of this example. What would this sexy beast sound like? There it is my friends! Now we got to fully experience what this would
    look like nowadays. Not even the Mona Lisa is that pretty, right
    guys? Truly a beautiful sight guys. I’ll let you takeit in for a second… Who knows, maybe in our lifetimes we’ll get
    to experience this phenomenon again? Ok guys, please remember to subscribe, like,
    or share and thank you for viewing!

    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.

    Where’s the Railroad Crossing ?
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    Where’s the Railroad Crossing ?

    August 14, 2019

    Hello ladies and gentlemen. I’m over here today about a block north of Highway 878 This is South West 80th street. This is a facing East this here is facing North and This here is facing west. I’m sorry the sun is setting right now So the back light is probably horrible at that Angle, but yeah, this is what I want to show you guys here is where there used to be a former FEC Railway track Here we can see the concrete cross ties There’s a wooden cross tie right there And you can see the ballast right there funny thing though that highway 878 was built sometime around 1985 1984 and Just about three blocks down was where this track merged with a mainline on us 1 so prior to the metro rail being built and prior to that Highway being built being built there was actually a wye here so the track went this was that this branch line went straight and then right where the Highway is the wye used to go that way, I’m going to include a picture of what what it looked like, so Yeah, that’s it right there And as I said this is facing south Let me give you there’s still evidence of a former Relay case over here. See there’s no cars coming so I can cross. see some ballast over here to Concrete cross ties, and here it is Yeah, a train hasn’t been around here since 1984 so that’s ample time for this tree. Which is about I’m six feet And this is how much the tree overshadows me. So yeah, okay, so it’s a pretty big tree This is track view North. My FEC engineer friend, ECH, tells me that back in the day when he ran this It was dark territory this section of track was not controlled by signals The County is going to build a trail here. The Ludlam trail as you can see and as as this sign says This used to be property of the FEC, Florida East Coast Railway And it is now going to be Converted into a trail The Ludlam trail. So yeah. That’s your northbound view there And once again, I’m going to leave you with the southbound view. I thank you very much for viewing guys please subscribe or like over and out

    Unused Railroad Crossing Tour
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    Unused Railroad Crossing Tour

    August 14, 2019

    Guys, this is the Homestead Subdivision, the last part of the CSX S line in Homestead Florida
    this track is for all intents and purposes abandoned. Here we have some
    some Mexicans harvesting, picking strawberries and now I am going to show
    you the crossing at Southwest 304th ST is Kings Highway okay guys so there we have the fruit pickers and here we have the railroad by the way *clears throat* Southwest 10th Ave and Southwest 304th Street this is the crossing this is a a safe tran signal base with safe
    tran lights cross buck, there’s an e dinger on that side, there we see the relay
    case yeah these all have safe tran
    signal bases track view North towards
    Miami and track view south towards Homestead. You can see the wooden
    crossing on the street there that is a very ancient crossing and then again we
    have the safe tran base over here, safe Tran lights e dinger up top and the
    cross buck so yeah guys and then this is facing West and this is facing
    East and it’s starting to come down really hard so I’m gonna catch you guys
    later please subscribe like or share

    Exploring Abandoned Railroad & Crossing
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    Exploring Abandoned Railroad & Crossing

    August 13, 2019

    Hello ladies and gentlemen so an
    update on an abandoned railroad crossing over here at Southwest 8th St. and SW 69th Ave so over here a few months ago I filmed this crossing where you can
    see the cantilevers are missing the light and gates, crossbucks. I came to see
    what else had been removed and at first glance it appears that they
    haven’t touched anything else this is walking westward and SW 8th ST Where that Walmart is, that was the sight of Everglades Lumber, until 2008 when it closed. So on that side, opposite side
    which would be the North side of the crossing you had the relay case and then here it
    this would be track view South. And here you have the cantilever and where the
    crossing gate once was. Notice the cut wires there and the four screws that held it
    up this was all a Harmon Cantilever yeah you can see the brackets for the lights there. Nothing else. Track view South This line actually ends four blocks
    South of here home at Southwest 12th ST have a video where I filmed the end of the line. It’s fenced off. yeah you can see this beyond that you
    can see the remnants of the rail bed but nothing else give you a quick
    glance here that there is Voodooo.
    There’s a dead chicken in there. Whoever dropped that off thought that this track
    will still active and that the train was going to take away the bad spirits but
    there’s no train or bad spirits so jokes on them right ha ha ha. Track view South. Give you a walk here… see concrete cross ties one and two
    among all the wooden cross ties. that house has probably been there as
    long as the railroad it’s about the late 1920s or maybe earlier than that. Wow!
    look at that building it’s totally covered in vines oh crap that’s amazing. Oh! Again I got all these guys sticking
    along with me. This here is a mango tree. Been picked clean. okay Mobile home park there. damn I hate when these go inside your shoe, pinch you all over the place makes it uncomfortable to walk Can you see a date on there? hey guys this is all the end of the line
    is about a hundred feet that way getting kind of cloudy and windy so I don’t want
    those oh well you just walk a few hundred feet here and show you the There’s a spur here. Man! Look at this. This is freaking torture. Cheese 2 so this is the FEC track that
    connected to the main along US one in Southwest 88th ST and then led into the
    Oversea Railway but look at this. It’s a Wheel stop by Hayes, old school. so yeah the end of the track is just like I said about a hundred or so feet over there
    where I have a video on so I’m going to head back before the rain guys- feel it
    in the wind now walking northbound and this way it
    went about maybe five or so miles then it went were the Miami International
    Airport is went around the airport into the Hialeah yard which still exists.
    Currently the Hialeah yard is the southernmost point for the FEC Railway now. Oh God! Another one. Those things are ruthless. I don’t know why I find this to be such a beautiful sight you think so? If you agree with me, comment below. I
    don’t know it’s just maybe the history and it’s the potential
    that that there is here or that there was here Or that nature is reclaiming what once belonged to man. take that in for a second look at how
    old that is all in all, this track isn’t in bad shape for something years old right? and here we go SW 8th ST. Our original filming spot. So now, we were facing West. Now we’re going to be facing East. Alright guys, I thank for your accompanying me on that tour. Please Subscribe or Like! Take care, over and out.

    Unused Railroad Crossing
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    Unused Railroad Crossing

    August 13, 2019

    Hello ladies and gentlemen we have another unused railroad crossing here today in Southwest 200 Street This here as you can see this track isn’t in very good condition. It looks like a third-world country around here Right? This place is an agricultural area it’s all full of nursuries, fruits agriculture whatever have you? Those branches there are debris from Hurricane Irma So this here is a Southwest view of the track right. This is the CSX homestead subdivision which was built in 1927 and then here We have a safe tran signal base a safe tran gate mechanism safe tran lights all around, we got one hanging reco light there from Hurricane Irma And lets try to cross the line So this relay case as you can see has power. There’s a light up top And then further down the line you can see that it’s obstructed which makes no difference because it’s an unused line so See what we got on this side so Im going to include a Google maps link so you guys can see for yourself where im at This side it’s same same deal. We got a safe tran signal base safe tran gate mechanism Reco crossing lights the crossing gate We got safe tran Lights all around here too and an E dinger up top See the Emergency contact info here CSX S line homestead subdivision mile post 57.87 And then once again, that’s the South sorry North East view obstructed by the tree there wood SCL crossties and the Southwest view Which looks like a third world country Alright guys, Please subscribe or like Thank you very much for viewing Follow me on instagram at railrol82 over and out

    Abandoned Railroad Switch & Spur FEC Miami, Florida
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    Abandoned Railroad Switch & Spur FEC Miami, Florida

    August 13, 2019

    Hello ladies and gentlemen, you guys are looking at an abandoned FEC spur and switch over here, just North of SW 8th ST There is the switch right there. And here is where the spur began. This actually used to go into a lumber yard. That was between SW 4th ST and SW 8th ST. It was just South of SW 4th ST and just North of SW 8th ST It is now replaced with a Wal-Mart And the spur used to go into here. To the side of the lumber yard. It’s truly a sad site. The FEC used to be a pretty abundant around here. It used to go all the way to US 1 Southbound over there and it met up with the mainline that ran parallel to US 1 all the way to Homestead Southward which was also the Overseas Railroad In 2004, it ran all the way to Bird Rd. And then as of 2004 this way the rails barely been used. Because there’s no more customers on the line. So yeah guys as you can see there you go. one last look at the spur. So that’s Southbound, SW 8th ST which the crossing gates and cantilevers are currently being removed I have a video on it if you guys want to check it out. And then SW 4th ST over there. facing North. Alright guys, please subscribe, like, or share. Thank you for viewing. Bye bye

    Overseas Railroad Abandoned FEC Bridge 1
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    Overseas Railroad Abandoned FEC Bridge 1

    August 12, 2019

    Hello ladies and gentlemen, RailROL82 here, your railroad archaeologist. Today I’m gonna start a
    series walk with me we’re gonna start exploring the
    abandoned or the remnants of the FEC overseas railway bridges and this is
    what we have left them is gonna be the first one this is over here by Anne’s
    Beach. I’m going to include the Google Maps link in the description. You can see The current here is crazy It’s about like a 20 foot drop here and let me show you the other side so
    this is channel number two right off this is Islamorada yeah
    just south of Islamorada or Southwest of Islamorada. So that’s US 1 that’s the
    new bridge, I apologize for the wind it’s a very windy day as you can see then so
    here we have the old and the new, old off to my left and the new off to my right 1935 Labor Day hurricane which then the FEC just decided to leave and sell the land to the state & made a highway
    so since 1935 a train hasn’t been here and I’m walking on the historical FEC
    Oversea Railway bridge here. That’s where I originally began filming like then you can see the drop off there and I’m gonna walk a little further into the
    bridge, some of these bridges have dates, I haven’t been able to find one on this one,
    mostly its used for fishing So off in the distance, that there is Islamorada. Craig Key is Just South of Islamorada that sign is still twisted from Hurricane Irma Today is a pretty windy day You can see somebody parasailing off in the distance over there. or kite surfing all right you guys, this is the first
    one of many to come so thank you, Please subscribe or like take care
    over and out

    Signals Removed @ Abandoned Railroad Crossing
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    Signals Removed @ Abandoned Railroad Crossing

    August 12, 2019

    Hello ladies and gentlemen this is an update videos few months ago, I was at this crossing while they were removing the gates, lights and I wanted to come back here a few months after and see what had
    taken place since then so it’s pretty much the same as I left it on the
    cantilevers are still there obviously – the lights and gates and cross bucks but I
    don’t think they’ve removed anything else yes, the concrete foundation for
    the cantilever which is still here. I guess at some point they had a larger
    cantilever or another one. You see the 4 screws over there. this is a track view North. This is Flagler Street in Miami Florida I’ll include the Google Maps link to it
    to this location and then there we see the relay case off to the left this is facing West on Flagler Street
    and I’m going to give you a shot at the cantilever right now, the sun’s in the way. this
    would be the South side of the crossing. You can see the cantilever they’re still
    there but the lights, gates, and cross bucks removed. You can see there’s a whistle
    post and a mile post right there. Let me see if I can give you track view South here. It’s a pretty busy street so bare with me guys. yeah that would have been track view South there. there used to be a signal right like a
    few feet South of that cantilever there, but not anymore This is the FEC track that went to US 1 and met up with the main and then went to the Oversea Railway. That was pre 1984
    when they installed the metro rail Up until 2008 this line was in use it
    serviced Everglades Lumber which was just near Southwest 8th ST and then
    when that closed, this line was pretty much isolated because it was nobody left
    on the line to service and looking North is over there where that overpass is the
    link was, the line was cut so this line here is just isolated. See the wooden
    cross ties. all righty guys please subscribe or like
    thank you very much for viewing over and out

    Railroad Crossing Former Site FEC
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    Railroad Crossing Former Site FEC

    August 12, 2019

    Hello ladies and gentlemen, I’m over here at a former FEC Railway crossing site. This is SW 64th ST in South Miami, FL. Here we can still see the RXR. It’s still pretty evident. Pavement marking. And There’s still some remnants of the old crossing. This old crossing, I’m going to include a picture of this is what it used to look like when it was active. I took this picture in 2004. And this is what it looks like nowadays. Track view, what would’ve been Track view South. And here we see an FEC Railway crossing sign. Some old crossing gates here. One buried there underneath all the pine needles. See if I can find again this crossing had no crossing gates, it was it was just lights, cross bucks, and bells. Here it is. This is this used to be here were the cables. And where they sawed it off right there. OK so what would’ve been track view South. There you have where the relay case used to be. See the cut of wires there also. And now I’m going to cross the street and give you what would have been track view North. Track view North. Wow! Look at, these at rails! Holy Molly! These are old wow! 1925! You guys can’t see it, but yeah. See uh… 1925 gees. That is amazing. Oh yeah here you can see something Maryland. Yeah. I’m going to have to, you guys can comment below if you’ve ever heard of Maryland manufacturing or Maryland Steel… Track view North I’m going to see if I can see where this crossing was Oh here it is. This is where it was cut off. And these were the wires that were cut right here. Here’s another crossing gate. cross ties. Please subscribe, like, or share guys. I thank you very much for viewing. Bye. Bye. Over and out.