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Posted by blue streak 1 on Friday, August 27, 2021 6:52 PM

Full report of construction from Orlando airport to West Palm Beach.  Dated August 2021.  Certainly a lot of construction work.

Brightline Orlando - West Palm Beach Complete Expansion Construction Update - Summer 2021 - YouTube

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Posted by rdamon on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 1:30 PM

Interesting how they built that Micco crossover by joining the two halves together.  I have never seen that before.

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Friday, September 3, 2021 10:34 PM

Construction north of Cocoa to Rockledge.  Construction North of Cocoa is to double track from where Brightline turns toward to Orlando up to a connections of FEC 2 main track north of Cocoa turnout.

Brightline Construction: Cocoa and Rockledge Updates - August 2021 - YouTube

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Posted by CMStPnP on Saturday, September 4, 2021 1:52 PM

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blue streak 1 wrote the following post 15 hours ago: Construction north of Cocoa to Rockledge.  Construction North of Cocoa is to double track from where Brightline turns toward to Orlando up to a connections of FEC 2 main track north of Cocoa turnout. Brightline Construction: Cocoa and Rockledge Updates - August 2021 - YouTube

Understood the trainsets are push pull but wouldn't train turnaround be faster for trains terminating in Orlando and wouldn't it reduce operational costs over a long duration, if they just built a loop track in Orlando and used that to pull into the station for trains that would turn around there to head back to Miami?    Seems they have the real estate space for it, maybe not the money.

Just curious.

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Posted by MidlandMike on Saturday, September 4, 2021 9:49 PM

They are already planing to go beyond Orlando to Disney World and eventually Tampa, so Orlando would only be an intermediate station.  Also Orlando Airport owns the land the depot is built on, and may not want to lose the extra real estate a balloon track would take.

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Posted by charlie hebdo on Saturday, September 4, 2021 10:40 PM

Not many heavy rail trains use balloon tracks for turning.  None that I can recall in Chicago.  Maybe In NYC? 

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Posted by Overmod on Saturday, September 4, 2021 11:02 PM

charlie hebdo
Maybe In NYC?

Do you not consider trains using Grand Central to be heavy rail?

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Posted by charlie hebdo on Sunday, September 5, 2021 2:47 PM

That was what I was thinking. GCT has or had a balloon track.  I believe they were more necessary in the past at stub terminals with loose-car passenger railroading prior to widespread MU and cab car usage. 

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Posted by MidlandMike on Sunday, September 5, 2021 9:27 PM

LAPUT has a major construction project to continue some stub tracks to loop back to the line headed south.

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 11:17 PM

Update of construction in Melbourne FL mid August - September. The Cane creek bridge is really a major piece of construction.  This was the bridge that hit by a ready mix truck several months ago. For alot of our newer readers they can really get an idea of how RRs go about getting new track.  At the end of the video let it continue and you can get view of new FEC business cars at end of the freight train.

Brightline Construction: Melbourne Updates - August/September 2021 - YouTube

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Friday, September 10, 2021 11:04 PM

Updatee Ft. Pierce Indian river county  August 2021

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Friday, September 10, 2021 11:26 PM
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Posted by D.Carleton on Saturday, September 11, 2021 3:52 AM

CMStPnP
Understood the trainsets are push pull but wouldn't train turnaround be faster for trains terminating in Orlando and wouldn't it reduce operational costs over a long duration, if they just built a loop track in Orlando and used that to pull into the station for trains that would turn around there to head back to Miami?    Seems they have the real estate space for it, maybe not the money.

Just curious.

Train stops at terminal. Engineer places automatic brake to handle out and cuts out the brake stand. Engineer walks to the opposite cab, curently six car lengths, and cuts in the brake stand. Engineer takes automatic brake handle to release and pressurizes the brake pipe. Engineer makes a full service application and communicates with the assistant in the first cab to assure continuity. Engineer makes a full release and communicates with the assistant to assure continuity. Engineer initiates route in I-ETMS. Total time: five minutes (give or take a few to refresh coffee).

Also remember, the Premium Class coach is on the south end of the train and they want it in the same place on each trip.

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Monday, September 13, 2021 5:20 PM
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Posted by blue streak 1 on Sunday, September 19, 2021 8:21 PM

Orlando airport east to Cocoa. Aug 29,2021. Note the construction spur to OUC track is almost complete with the turnout just needing to be installed.

Brightline Orlando Line Construction Update - August 29, 2021 - YouTube

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Posted by rdamon on Monday, September 20, 2021 8:19 PM

it seems like they may have more in mind than just using that OUC connection for construction.

 

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Posted by Overmod on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 11:24 AM

rdamon
it seems like they may have more in mind than just using that OUC connection for construction.

I think they're just using common supplies to build it.  That shoo-fly-like bend around the widened pad for the signal equipment indicates 'temporary but heavy construction' to me.  

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Monday, September 27, 2021 6:52 PM
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Posted by rdamon on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 7:19 AM
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Posted by rdamon on Thursday, September 30, 2021 8:38 AM

The Live Railfan Webcam in Cocoa, FL shows them working on the sub-roadbed for the new tracks.

 

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Sunday, October 3, 2021 9:12 PM
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Posted by blue streak 1 on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 12:12 AM

October 3rd, 2021.  First unit train of rail is pulled by CSX loco over OUC line to the Brightline conection.  The rail trai is then pushed onto the brightlile connecting track to the end of the main line approximately 200 feet beyond connecting track.  Rail train is 5 high by 8 (?) wide.  If 8 wide then 40 sticks  x  1600 feet each.   =  64000 feet  of rail or 32000 track feet.  =   ~  6+ miles of new track.

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Posted by D.Carleton on Friday, October 8, 2021 8:19 AM

Another red trainset on it's way:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFpRGPv1XAA

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Posted by rdamon on Friday, October 8, 2021 11:43 AM

Caught in Kansas City

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Saturday, October 9, 2021 8:47 AM

A look at the Siemens factory building Brightline rolling stock.  There are sniptes of other agencies orders.

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Monday, October 11, 2021 10:05 PM

Here is a video of #2 Brightline Red when at Sacremento builders.  The design of interiors makes wonder why Amtrak has not copied these designs ?   Oh wait.  Not invented here.!!!!!

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Thursday, October 14, 2021 10:06 PM
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Posted by blue streak 1 on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 9:45 PM

Brightline update from Frontenac thru Cocoa.  Frontenac is north of Cocoa where FEC double track from some distance on to the north ends.  Brightline and FEC are extending the 2 main tracks on south to the location where the line to Orlando breaks off.  Where it breaks off will be 4 Main tracks , then 3 and eventually the 2 MT on toward the south.  Here is the latest report.  The reports seem to be coming at least once a week.  Congrats to all the effort and great overhead work.

Brightline Construction: Frontenac Improvement Project and Cocoa Updates - September/October 2021 - YouTube

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Posted by rdamon on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 8:22 AM

I look forward to his updates.  Neat shots of the Virtual Railfan cameras at around 10:12.  

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 6:55 PM

Brightline is proposing Nov 8 th restart.  Have to wonder has FEC dotted all the Is and crossed all the Ts for the replacement PTC?

Florida’s Brightline set to restart service Nov. 8 - Trains

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