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Posted by blue streak 1 on Saturday, May 7, 2022 4:12 AM

May 6th airport to CSX/OUC bridge. 

Noticed that some signals are already turned to look along tracks.  do not know if that means they are actually active. The turnout from single to 2 main tracks is a #32 which along with one on Amtrak's NEC are highest number in USA. Over 4000 feet long.  Starts at time 7:45.  Has 5 switch machines,

Brightline Orlando Line Construction: Part 1 - Orlando International Airport to Innovation Way - YouTube

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Posted by Gramp on Friday, May 6, 2022 9:10 PM

Will this new line connect with existing trackage at Orlando?  Will any freight be moved on this line?

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Posted by Electroliner 1935 on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 5:39 PM

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What is a cut and throw subject of this last link?

 

They CUT (sever) the existing track and THROW (reconnect) an end of the active line to the New track. It would be like when a highway lane is blocked and all traffic has to move to an adjacent lane. 

In this case, they have built a new section of track and are rerouting traffic onto it and taking the parallel old track out of service for either rebuilding or reconfiguration.

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 2:38 AM
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Posted by blue streak 1 on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 12:46 AM
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Posted by blue streak 1 on Sunday, May 1, 2022 9:33 PM

There maybe a compromise solution.  At first reading thought it was all settled but not so.  Brightline seems to go with the convention center route?

How does anyone deal with all the parties?  Brightline, Sun rail, CSX,  FL DOT, possible Fl governor and legislature, Orange county, Oscelo county, Polk county, Disney ( who will not get the exclusive service they want ), Universal, Convention center, politicians, FRA, Federal funds dispenser, and who knows what else?

EDIT: Orlando city, Kissimmee city, Amtrak, 

Compromise plan could extend Brightline toward Tampa, SunRail in Orlando (floridapolitics.com)

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Sunday, April 17, 2022 9:04 PM

April 16th well edited video.   The Loxahatchee old bascule bridge removal.  Then the first time placing of temporary bridge which took a lot of time .  Hope the twice daily operation will take less time.  We all know about draw bridges.  Swing bridge, Bascule which was the present bridge and replacement , and lift bridge.  There are a few odd balls especially in PNW.  Maybe we can call this temporary draw bridge a 2 crane lift bridge?

It will be interesting to warch the daily operation of the Temp bridge.

Brightline Construction: The Start of the Loxahatchee River Drawbridge Replacement - YouTube 

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Sunday, April 17, 2022 8:29 PM
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Posted by blue streak 1 on Sunday, April 17, 2022 8:22 PM

Fluff piece about Brightline that just touches on th politics.

ANOTHER TRAIN COMING TO DISNEY! - Brightline/SunRail Spring 2022 Update - YouTube

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Monday, March 14, 2022 11:05 PM
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Posted by rdamon on Monday, February 21, 2022 3:56 PM

First train on new Crane Creek Bridge

 

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Thursday, February 17, 2022 10:30 AM

Brightline Orlando Vehicle Maintenance Facility - February 3, 2022 - YouTube

Sorry for this format. Regular posting kept getting 403 forbidden.

Feb 3rd.

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Posted by rdamon on Wednesday, February 9, 2022 7:32 PM

Great video of the delivery of "Bright Blue" to the Orlando facility

 

 

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Tuesday, February 8, 2022 12:29 AM

Jan 2022 Stuart to Jupiter construction.  The Jupiter draw bridge appears that the bridge will be one of the last portions to be complete.  Reusing that Bascule Bridge and improving it at the same time is going to be a difficult problem.  As well the first track bridge west side has to be completed.  Then the east track bridge will be replaced with the cranes having to reach over the completed bridge to finish the east track.

Brightline Construction: Stuart to Jupiter Progress - December 2021/January 2022 - YouTube

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Tuesday, January 25, 2022 7:11 PM
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Posted by rdamon on Thursday, January 20, 2022 12:48 PM

Brightline test train passed the Cocoa cameras around 12:54 eastern 

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Posted by Gramp on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 11:43 AM
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Posted by blue streak 1 on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 8:33 PM

Rail installation Orlando - Cocoa.  Work is presently just either side of the Orlando Utilitties Commission line to the power plant.  Work going both east and west of the OUC rail line.  The OUC line is supplying rail and Ballast trains brought there by CSX.

Brightline Construction: Work Train on the Orlando Line - January 10, 2022 - YouTube

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Saturday, January 8, 2022 2:04 PM

Cocoa junction progressing rapidly as of Jan 5th

Brightline Construction: Cocoa Junction Update - January 5, 2022 - YouTube

 

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Monday, January 3, 2022 10:45 PM
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Posted by blue streak 1 on Monday, December 27, 2021 9:54 AM

Mid December 2021.

Hear is the work in Brevard County.  It is from Cocoa junction south to Pineada.  Essentially from Cocoa of the post before this on south.

Brightline Construction: Central Brevard County Progress - December 2021 - YouTube

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Thursday, December 23, 2021 7:07 PM

Construction progress of the Frontenac improvement project.  This is the project that will connect a FEC double track about 3-1/2 miles north of the Orlando connection to Cocoa junction. This by constructing a 2nd main track to the Cocoa Junction / Orlando connection.

Brightline Construction: Frontenac Improvement Project & Cocoa Junction - December 2021 - YouTube

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Posted by ORNHOO on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 4:59 PM

Here in the pacific northwest we use "botanical razorwire', otherwise known as blackberry vines.

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 3:33 PM

Here is a link to railway track and structures which is a more detailed of the crossing protection.

Brightline investing millions of dollars in railroad safety and mental health awareness - Railway Track and Structures (rtands.com)

Edit found the bush it definitely is the one.

Elaeagnus pungens (Silverthorn, Thorny Elaeagnus, Thorny Olive) | North Carolina Extension Gardener Plant Toolbox (ncsu.edu)

EDIT:  Best way for Brightline to control is a sidewinder bush hog that can top hedge and vacuum pickup. Body armour defiinitely needed.  Roundup does not work too well either.

Thanks for the common name!

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Posted by Overmod on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 9:41 AM

You mean silverthorn? (Elaeagnus, not something easy to spell!)

Personal armor is desirable working with that stuff.  But good fences of it definitely make good neighbors...

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 7:50 AM

Do not know if they are in Florida.  I have a nuisance thorn bush that grows fast to about 10feet tall,  Cannot spell it but it is called Ilegiagnes.  Many 1-1/2 inch thorns on all shoots that grow up. Trying to cut it back have to wear hard hat, safety goggles, welder's gloves, and very heavy Zero degree coat with hood. 

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Posted by rdamon on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 7:40 AM

"Brightline partnered with the nonprofit Community Greening on a project to plant more than 3,000 native trees and shrubs along the South Florida railway. Combined with fencing, the native plants will cover more than 10 miles along the Brightline/Florida East Coast Railway corridor serving as a deterrent and channelization mechanism for trespassers."


Translation - Thorn Bushes :D

 

 

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 11:07 PM

Bright line going into tech for grade crossing incursions.  How is all this going to work without enforcement and penalties?

Rail News - Brightline steps up grade-crossing safety efforts. For Railroad Career Professionals (progressiverailroading.com)

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Sunday, December 19, 2021 10:59 PM

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