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Date: 03/29/21 23:35
Florida: SunRail question
Author: wpamtk

I'll be in the Kissimmee area next week, and it looks like I'll have a brief opportunity to do a bit of railfanning. I would like to photograph a few SunRail trains and was hoping to get some suggestions for good photo spots on the south end of the line (south of downtown Orlando). I have the addresses of the stations, but I'd appreciate some local insight. Also, which end of the trains is the power on?
TIA



Date: 03/30/21 05:17
Re: Florida: SunRail question
Author: ldstephey

Power is on the north end.  I’ve never looked for photo spots, so I can’t help there.
 
Spend a couple of hours and do an end-to-end ride.  When traveling southbound, you can sit up front and get a driver’s eye view.  You can even read the switches.
 
If you go to YouTube and search “Sunrail” there are a number of good videos and they will tell you where they got their shots.


Larry



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Date: 03/30/21 05:47
Re: Florida: SunRail question
Author: RevRandy

I like to film/watch trains at Mary Jess Road, just off of S. Orange Avenue - there are good views both north and south without having to trespass on FDOT land. Here you will get the trains (both SunRail and Amtrak) moving at speed.   coordinates: 28.480150, -81.372210.  

Here's a sample video from that location

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Date: 03/30/21 08:46
Re: Florida: SunRail question
Author: RRBaron

At the northern end near Sanford(?) there is a gravel dealer along the ROW that uses a GP30 for a yard switcher. Tricky to find the road though, it is a once way street in a residential area. 



Date: 03/30/21 09:01
Re: Florida: SunRail question
Author: ldstephey

RRBaron Wrote:
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> At the northern end near Sanford(?) there is a
> gravel dealer along the ROW that uses a GP30 for a
> yard switcher. Tricky to find the road though, it
> is a once way street in a residential area. 

I believe that would be Conrad Yelvington at 2490 Jewett Lane in Sanford.  They are a bit south of and the other side of the tracks from the Amtrak Auto Train station.

Oh,btw, I should remind you that Sunrail still does not run on weekends.
 



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Date: 03/30/21 10:58
Re: Florida: SunRail question
Author: retcsxcfm

If you will be in "Kiss-a-me".Stay around there.
Amtrak and Sun Rail pass almost daily.
SR is M-F only..

Nice locations just south of the Amtrak station
which is across from the SR station.

Look at Google Maps satalite view to give you
an idea.what the place looks like.

Uncle Joe
Seffner,Fl.



Date: 03/30/21 17:25
Re: Florida: SunRail question
Author: rgzfan

So a guy drives to Florida and he hears about Gatorland Zoo, so he heads to Kissimee. Upon arriving, he and his wife argue about how to pronounce the town. So they pull off the road and ask someone in a parking lot - "Excuse me, sir, would you please tell me how to say the name of this place?" The guy in the parking lot replies, "Burger King."

Anyhow, don't miss the little park train at Gatorland Zoo. Here's a film. Wait for it (or skip ahead), it's near the end. My parents took me here two weeks before my 5th birthday. I returned twice, once in 1994 (twenty five years after my first visit) and once in 2019 (fifty years after my first visit). I guess I'll be there in 2044, for the 75th anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch.



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Date: 03/30/21 21:48
Re: Florida: SunRail question
Author: IC_2024

WpAmtk, just to see rgzfan's awesome "Gator Land" production was worth your post, alone.  Have fun in "Kissimee" no matter how it's pronounced!
(EFFIN Disney foamer, you!-- bahhaha-- "we're open-- come on , all you Walt fans!).   Never got that bug, somehow...  haha
When I went to Disneyland in 2019 and told this Docent guy that I hadn't been back there in over 50 years when I visited when I was 6, he nearly fainted...  HAHAHA--  Oh well, Wally world isn't for everyone...  Fun, but not a fanatic... I'll leave that to you and your long-standing Disney friends and animators... Enjoy!



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Date: 03/30/21 23:53
Re: Florida: SunRail question
Author: wpamtk

Thanks everyone (except for being outed by IC_2024)! I've ridden the train at Gatorland, and shot the Conrad Yelvington unit at Sanford as well as the ones in downtown Orlando (when they were Alcos), but I haven't been to FL in ten years so SunRail is the new thing. Their power looks weird, but like Mount Everest it's "because it's there." 



Date: 03/31/21 17:49
Re: Florida: SunRail question
Author: wpamtk

Just thought of another question: where is the SunRail maintenance facility located?



Date: 04/01/21 05:09
Re: Florida: SunRail question
Author: ldstephey

Just a bit north of the Auto Train yard on the west side of the tracks.
 



Date: 04/01/21 06:28
Re: Florida: SunRail question
Author: Lackawanna484

ldstephey Wrote:
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> Just a bit north of the Auto Train yard on the
> west side of the tracks.
>  
Yes, by the SunRail station.

For a while Amtrak was handling some of the SunRail locomotive servicing at Sanford.

Don't know if that is still the case.

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