Lines from Ireland columnist James Scannell remains busy on the lecture circuit.Late Januaryfound him presentingthe post-Annual General Meeting talk for the Bray Cualann Historical Society, speaking about The Great Northern Railway (Ireland). Another local history society heard a slightly differentversion of the same talk in early February. Laterin the month a Wicklow Town history society gets to learn about the 1867 Bray Head Derailment.And then he hopes to be selected for the Saturday March 23rdDublin City Library & Archives 15th Annual Local History Society Day, to speak on the Armagh 1888 Railway Accident.He stresses it is coincidence that all three talks are on railroading, just one of his wide-ranging interests.

Renowned Riding the Railsphotographer Robert A. LaMay recently moved to St. Augustine on Florida’s northeast Atlantic coast. His new home is2 miles from the Florida East Coast mainline between Jacksonville and Miami.When the wind is from the right direction, he can hear the trains which aremostly TOFC (Trailers on Flat Cars)in single and double stacks like out west. FEC is currently performing major upgrades, replacing certain track panels and numerous concrete ties.

Passenger trains are scarce, with the closest being Amtrak’s Silver Star and Silver Meteor that stop at Palatka,about 30 miles southwest. Trackage is shared with CSX. Other “nearby” passenger railroads are Sun Rail, a new commuter service around Orlando, about 100 miles southwest, and Brightline operating out of Miami. Bob plans to check these out and to send a report and some photos. Stay tuned!



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