carajul wrote:Ah, so this was the line that, prior to the 1935 hurricane, ran down to Key West on all those bridges. How interesting!
There seems to be quite a few potential customers along the line which basically paralelled Rt 1. But it seems the mindset of the RRs today is rip up the branchline tracks, forget about trying to get customers, and concentrate on TOFC.
I should probably clearify myself, this line was the belt line around Miami which operates through Hialeah and south from
there. The passenger line once went directly south from the old station in downtown Miami, crossed the Miami River on a
drawbridge and met up with the belt line in the area of Kendall. The line via downtown has been gone for a long, long time.
Although the Key West Extension went before I was even born, probably the freight trains used the line via Hialeah and
the passenger trains used the line south from the Miami passenger station. I will have to dig out an old timetable to see
what the operation was like but not tonight.