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As part of our January software rollout for work, we decided to do field tests in Tallahassee, FL. Mostly we picked it because it was as close to warm as we could get with a location that still met our requirements. Needless to say, I took more than a few days on each side of working to explore the shortlines of Florida and Georgia, as well as to take in a little Class I action from CSX.

I made two trips down to CSX's Bone Valley phosphate hauling operations on two Saturdays, one week apart. Having been down there about five years ago, I wanted to go back, both due to the number of relatively slow trains, as well as just to see what had changed with the recent slowdown in mining. The first trip was mostly a bust, since there was very little moving, but the second day was a relative success. Still, the number of trains was significantly less than I remember. That might be a function of being there on a Saturday rather than during the week, or it might reflect the fact that some of the mines have been idled lately.

My main focus, however, was not CSX. I was really after some of the less-photographed shortlines in the area - particularly the Apalachicola Northern, the Georgia & Florida Railroad, and the Georgia Central Railway.

The first small railroad of the trip was the Apalachicola Northern. The road has fallen on hard times, as its primary source of revenue - a paper ... (Continued)

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