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Updated 2024.02.26

Bote's Railfan Pages

A Random Collection of Stuff of Interest to Railfans

With an emphasis on the areas around our Nation's Crapital where I grew up and south Florida where I now reside.

Florida East Coast Railway

F.E.C. Ry Railfan Guide
Home-made track chart showing the Florida East Coast Railway main line from Jacksonville to Miami. Mostly up to date.
F.E.C. Fort Lauderdale Train Watching Sites
Descriptions, directions, and maps to good train watching sites in and around Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.A.
F.E.C. Fort Lauderdale Train Schedule
APPROXIMATE times of trains through Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.A.

Train Chasing Guides

SCFE and U.S. Sugar railroading guide — covering what little can be known about the operations of South Central Florida Express and U.S. Sugar Corporation railroads. They are not the same!

Sand Patch maps — DeLorme Street Atlas maps of the Sand Patch area of the CSX Keystone subdivision, Pennsylvania.

National Capital Train Chasing Guide — [obsolete] covering only CSX (and partially at that) around the lesser D.C. area with three lousy maps, needs updating.

Jeff Hawkins' Virginia Railfan Guides as printable PDFs for NS, CSX railroads; EXCELLENT resource.

FrograilTony Hill's Bruce Harper's site with extensive guided tours of many popular rail lines, mainly in the eastern half of the United States.

Waycross, Georgia — Brief description and links to maps of Waycross for train watching possibilities.

South Florida Guide — covering CSX and a little F.E.C. action in Broward and Palm Beach counties.

ATCSmon — When installing ATCSmon on Windows 7 64-bit, save yourself a ton of trouble by just installing it to a directory where plain old peon users have permission to write, NOT to C:\Program Files (x86)\ATCS or the like. Once I uninstalled it and re-installed it to c:\users\bote\atcs it worked perfectly. I discovered this the hard way and since the ATCS Wiki seems to have gone belly-up I'm posting this here for folks who are searching for an answer.


All Aboard Days at the B&O Railroad Museum, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A. (before the roof caved in)

Caboose photos - for the benefit of Roger Kirkpatrick

Family archives - pre-historic stuff from my father's collection

Folkston, Georgia, U.S.A. - Rail Watch video festival 2003

Book: Essential Witness: Sixty Years of Railroad Photography by Jim Shaughnessy


Sounds page - Reference to sounds, F.E.C., and CSX sounds

Amtrak and Passenger Stuff

Amtrak Funding article
Allen Sloan, Newsweek's Wall Street editor, expounds on airlines making all their profits from government bailouts, while Amtrak must grovel for the mere scraps left over.
South Florida's commuter railroad.
Book: America's Great Railroad Stations
by Roger Straus; An evocative and stunning photographic tribute to America's railroad stations.

Book Store

Yeah, I get a cut from Amazon if you click, same as all these other Amazon links. It pays for hosting this little web site. Eh, it's a livink.

Book: The Railroads of U.S. Sugar: History Through the Miles
Bart Jennings wrote a book — THE book — about SCFE (South Central Florida Express) and the private U. S. Sugar railroads. This man is a wealth of information about railroading. SCFE interchanges with F.E.C. at Fort Pierce yard via the K-branch.
Book: The Greatest Railroad Story Ever Told
“The Greatest Railroad Story Ever Told: Henry Flagler & the Florida East Coast Railway's Key West Extension” by Seth Bramson, noted F.E.C. Ry historian and artifact collector
Book: Images of Rail: F.E.C.
“Images of Rail: F.E.C.” by Seth Bramson — a pictorial history of the Florida East Coast Railway
Book: Florida's Great Ocean Railway
“Florida's Great Ocean Railway” by Dan Gallagher — details the construction and operation of the Key West Extension of the Florida East Coast Railway
Book: Last Train to Paradise
“Last Train to Paradise” by Les Standiford — Henry Flagler and the Spectacular Rise and Fall of the Railroad that Crossed an Ocean“, the life and death of the F.E.C. Ry Key West Extension

General Railroading Books

Book: The Great Railroad Revolution: The History of Trains in America
“The Great Railroad Revolution: The History of Trains in America” by Christian Wolmar — The opening of the Baltimore & Ohio line — the first American commercial railroad — in the 1830s sparked a national revolution in the way that people lived thanks to the speed and convenience of train travel.
Book: Branch Line Empires: The Pennsylvania and the New York Central Railroads
“Branch Line Empires: The Pennsylvania and the New York Central Railroads” by Michael Bezilla — The Pennsylvania and the New York Central railroads helped to develop central Pennsylvania as the largest source of bituminous coal for the nation. By the late 19th century, the two lines were among America's largest businesses and would soon become legendary archrivals.
Book: North American Railroads: The Illustrated Encyclopedia
“North American Railroads: The Illustrated Encyclopedia” by Brian Solomon — An overview of many of the legacy railroads and how they merged or fell to history


AAR channel/frequency table
Railroad frequencies and channels cross-referenced in a compact table.
CSX dispatcher code table
my page cross-referencing CSX dispatcher codes to areas covered and AAR channel numbers used; check it for accuracy in your area and report back to me, please. The host site where this was intended to be displayed, CSX Timetables, has been taken down due to the legal sabre-rattling by CSX; national security and so forth, dontchaknow. Sheeeeee.
F.R.A. Interactive Rail Map
works best (only?) with MS Internet Explorer; shows main, branch, and abandoned rail lines, mileposts, station names, lots of detail; sluggish and intermittent, but worth the wait
International Container Code Registrar
Bureau International des Containers et du Transport Intermodal (B.I.C.)
North American Shortlines
Google docs spreadsheet of shortline railroads in the U.S. and its neighbors
Rail Signal Tutorial
Long, detailed tutorial on how railroad signals work. Uses frames so you won't see a menu until you mangle the uri to go to their home page.
Railroad Glossary
Railroad lingo from Railroad Avenue, by Freeman H. Hubbard, 1945
Reporting Marks (PWRC)
database of railroad reporting marks by the Peidmont & Western RR Club
Links to other railfan sites
my page of links to other sites of interest to railfans
Private collection.

Miscellaneous Pages

Jump to Bote's Roadgeek Pages
road signs, other highway neatness.
Jump to Bote's Radio Pages
streaming railroad and fire radio; ancient two-way radio information; frequency lists.

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