A couple weeks ago I was on my normal drive home from work, minding my own business and rocking out to the radio. As I came over a hill I noticed something unusual stopped on the side of the road. “Is that a Train Engine?” I saw it with enough time to gawk (safely) as I was driving by. As I passed the engine I asked myself “Should I pull over and take a picture? No I want to go home. But when am I ever going to see this again?” It was decided, I needed to go back and take a picture. Not to mention that my husband would be disappointed if I got home without a picture, he LOVES trains. At the next light I flipped a U-turn and then found a good spot to pull over across the street from the train so I could get a full shot.
What is this train engine doing on a trailer? Which train is this? Where is it from? Where is it going? These were all questions I was asking myself as I walked to find the best location to get some pictures. As I snapped photos I zoomed in to see the name of the train and it said the West Orange Special, Church Street Station. That answered some questions; it came from Church Street in Downtown Orlando. The West Orange Special use to be a deluxe passenger car that ran primarily on the Eastern Seaboard. For the last 35 years it was a prominent icon at Downtown Orlando’s Church Street.
When I got home I immediately shared my discovery with my husband and then jumped on the internet to find out where it was going. After some research I learned that this 100 year old engine was going to the Florida Railroad Museum near Tampa for restoration and then excursion trips. I hope made it safely to the Museum because I think it would be fitting to visit this beauty at its new home. Do I hear day trip adventure?!?!