Hot spots in Florida

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A Railfan in Brazil
I am planning a trip to Miami and Orlando next July and I would like to have some hints about good places for train watching around those cities. Can you help me?

Rails in Florida

As far as train watching goes in Florida (Orlando and South), there is only 2 main Railroads. The Florida East Coast, and CSX. I live in Orlando, and there are a few nice places to watch trains. However, there is under 20 trains through Orlando in a day. Florida is really mostly a destination for freight and doesn't have a lot of factories.

In downtown Orlando, CSX interchanges with Central Florida Railroad (shortline). Down south of downtown there is also a small yard near an Amtrack station. I believe the station was an Atlantic Coast Line Station. Also further south of downtown following Orange Ave., there is a yard near Taft Vineland Road. There is an intermodal site that is barely visible on the east and a small yard on the West side of Orange Ave. shows a bit of where I mean.

Best of luck.

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