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Todd's Railfan Guide to
JACKSONVILLE FL
In General
Getting Here
Map
Sights
Pictures
Signals
Fire & Police
Floobydust
USGS Maps

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In General

Location / Name:
    Jacksonville FL

What's Here:
      Major terminals for the Florida East Coast, CSX, and Norfolk Southern railroads
      Amtrak
      Jacksonville Transit Authority's Skyway Monorail

Access by train/transit:
     Amtrak to Union Station

The Scoop:

Between the three railroads and Amtrak, there is more than plenty to keep a railfan busy for many days in order to take advantage of all of the good railfan spots.

Railroads that used to service Jacksonville in the early 1900's:
     Atlantic Coast Line
     Florida East Coast
     Georgia, Southern, and Florida
     Seaboard Air Line

In the 1960's:
     Atlantic Coast Line
     Florida East Coast
     Seaboard Air Line
     Southern Rwy

In the 1970-80's:
     Florida East Coast
     Seaboard System (SAL + ACL), then the Chessie System
     Southern Rwy


Railroads that now provide service into Jacksonville:
     Amtrak
     CSX
     FEC - Florida East Coast
     NS - Norfolk Southern

So far, we have the Jacksonville Railfan Guide is divided into these sections:
     the Homepage (you're on it)
     Union Station and the CSX Business Train
     CSX and the southwest side of Jacksonville
     the FEC and the southeast side of Jacksonville
     the Monorail

Acknowledgements:

A big thanks goes to Robert Mann for taking the time to write the southeast and southwest guides!
Thanks to Denver Todd for his help with my railfan guides and suggesting welcome changes to help all ya'll.

Websites and other additional information sources of interest for the area:

Aerial shots were taken from either Google Maps or www.bing.com/maps as noted.  Screen captures are made with Snagit, a Techsmith product... a great tool if you have never used it! 


Getting Here

I-95 brings you in from the north and the south of Jacksonville, and I-10 comes in from the west.  Jacksonville is the east terminus for I-10.

About 100mi south on I-95, you have I-4 which crosses the state to the west side, taking in Orlando, Tampa, and St Pete.

About 80mi west on I-10, and you hit I-75, which will take you to northwest to Atlanta and beyond, like Birmingham AL via I-20, and Chattanooga TN via I-75. 


Map





Pictures


Random pictures from around the internet, but many found via Google and Bing Images.



 



 



Floobydust




Historical USGS Maps


Courtesy of the University of Texas Library, click here for their index page.




Disclaimers:

I love trains, and I love signals.  I am not an expert.  My webpages reflect what I find on the topic of the page.  This is something I have fun with while trying to help others.  My webpages are an attempt at putting everything I can find of the subject in one convenient place.  There are plenty of other good websites to help me in this effort, and they are listed in the links section on my indexa page, or as needed on individual pages.  Please do not write to me about something that may be incorrect, and then hound the heck out of me if I do not respond to you in the manner you would like.  I operate on the "Golden Rule Principle", and if you are not familiar with it, please acquaint yourself with how to treat people by reading Mathew 7:12 (among others, the principle exists in almost every religion).  If you contact me (like some do, hi Paul) and try to make it a "non-fun" thing and start with the name calling, your name will go into my spambox list! :-)

Please Note: Since the main focus of my two websites is railroad signals, the railfan guides are oriented towards the signal fan being able to locate them.  For those of you into the modeling aspect of our hobby, my indexa page has a list of almost everything railroad oriented I can think of to provide you with at least a few pictures to help you detail your pike.

If this is a railfan page, every effort has been made to make sure that the information contained on this map and in this railfan guide is correct.  Once in a while, an error may creep in, especially if restaurants or gas stations open, close, or change names.  Most of my maps are a result of personal observation after visiting these locations.  I have always felt that a picture is worth a thousand words", and I feel annotated maps such as the ones I work up do the same justice for the railfan over a simple text description of the area.  Since the main focus of my website is railroad signals, the railfan guides are oriented towards the signal fan being able to locate them.  Since most of us railheads don't have just trains as a hobby, I have also tried to point out where other interesting sites of the area are.... things like fire stations, neat bridges, or other significant historical or geographical feature.  While some may feel they shouldn't be included, these other things tend to make MY trips a lot more interesting.... stuff like where the C&O Canal has a bridge going over a river (the Monocacy Aqueduct) between Point of Rocks and Gaithersburg MD, it's way cool to realize this bridge to support a water "road" over a river was built in the 1830's!!!

My philosophy: Pictures and maps are worth a thousand words, especially for railfanning.  Text descriptions only get you so far, especially if you get lost or disoriented.  Take along good maps.... a GPS is OK to get somewhere, but maps are still better if you get lost!  I belong to AAA, which allows you to get local maps for free when you visit the local branches.  ADC puts out a nice series of county maps for the Washington DC area, but their state maps do not have the railroads on them.  If you can find em, I like the National Geographic map book of the U.S..... good, clear, and concise graphics, and they do a really good job of showing you where tourist type attractions are, although they too lack the railroads.  Other notes about specific areas will show up on that page if known.

Aerial shots were taken from www.bing.com/maps. The screen captures from Bing are made with Snagit, a Techsmith product... a great tool if you have never used it!

Pictures and additional information is always needed if anyone feels inclined to take 'em, send 'em, and share 'em, or if you have something to add or correct.... credit is always given! Contact info is here

Beware: If used as a source, ANYTHING from Wikipedia must be treated as being possibly being inaccurate, wrong, or not true.


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