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It seems like in May I'm on the road the whole month, and this year was no exception. The month started out with a two week trip down to Tampa, Florida, for work. Knowing little to nothing about Florida railroading, I had no idea that I was being dropped in the middle of CSXT's Florida Business Unit and the phosphate unit trains of the Bone Valley. As it turns out, I stumbled into one of the easiest places to railfan in Florida if you like a rat's nest of trackwork, everything from old to modern EMD power, and endless drags full of phosphate rock headed for the Port of Tampa. Also included is a quick trip down to the Seminole Gulf's Fort Myers yard and a look at what's left of Flagler's Folly - the overseas railway between mainland Florida and Key West.

From Florida, I was home for a week before my wife and I left for Alaska. It's been nearly 13 years since the last time I was there, and I'd had the itching to go back for some time - especially since I saw the ARR's new SD70Ms crossing Iowa several years back. So, for our yearly "big" vacation, I convinced my wife we should head north for our first anniversary. So on the sixteenth of May, we headed back to Iowa for her brother's college graduation, and then flew north to Anchorage for a little over a week in the 49th state. In this trip report, I'll cover the ARR from end to end, with everything from the daily routine passenger trains to oil tankers between Anchorage and North Pole to a freight o... (Continued)

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