Florida steam train rides set to begin service

Steam Train rides are set to begin service at Florida tourist railroad

Orange Blossom CannonballThe City of Tavares has finalized a contract with the Reader Railroad to bring a steam tourist train to the city. The Tavares, Eustis & Gulf LLC, an arm of the Reader, will operate 2-6-0 No. 2 on tourist trains beginning Oct. 8.

Baldwin built the engine in January 1907 as Lufkin Land &Lumber Co. No. 2. It also served on the Shreveport, Houston & Gulf; the Carter-Kelley Lumber Co.; and W.T. Carter and Lumber Co. The engine gained fame when it was featured in the 2007 film, “3:10 to Yuma.”

The Orange Blossom Cannonball trains will depart from Wooton Park in Tavares and make a round trip to Lake Jem. They will operate over Pinsly Railroad Co.’s Florida Central Railroad, which was recently granted a $2.2 million federal grant to improve 68 miles of its track in Lake and Sumter counties.

Some of the 2-6-0’s most recent movie appearances were in “True Grit,” “Appaloosa,”  “There Will Be Blood,” “O Brother, Where Art Thou,” and “Rosewood.”

Staying on track – Daily Commercial

The actual train — consisting of a steam engine, the tender (or coal car) and three to four passenger cars — that will arrive in Tavares is called the Orange Blossom Cannonball. About 130-140 people will be able to ride the

Publish Date: 09/24/2011 1:00


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4 Responses to Florida steam train rides set to begin service

  1. Fred Smith says:

    I live in Tavares and used to work for SCL railroad in Sanford and worked these tracks in the 1970’s. I will try my best to ride on this train one more time. Thanks to Tavares and the great people in this area to make this happen. Fred Smith

    • katie says:

      Fred, I am taking my brother in law to ride the train in June.I am a live in caregiver for him. I was wondering if you can give me some pointers as to where to stay and what else is near by. He’s 80 y/o and gets around well, just not as fast.

  2. Russ Hauser says:

    Just took the Orange Blossom Cannonball train ride today. Well worth it! Would do it again.

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