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Sunday, May 15, 2011

National Train Day post HSR

Saturday, May 7th was the 4th Annual National Train Day event at Tampa Union Station, so I ventured out for the first time.  The station was abuzz with young kids and older train enthusiasts(both model and regular sized), and also May 21st Doomsdayers!?

Falling somewhere in middle of the 15-65 category, and not toting around one of the former, I admit I felt a little out of place so I strolled through as quickly and quietly as possible.  I went with camera in tow hoping to capture some amazing train architecture and infrastructure (accomplished - see pictures below).  I also was hoping to catch someone with some information on the future of the state's high speed rail plans (nothing).  As if the current news of Florida's HSR dollars finally being offered to other projects around the country wasn't enough (see here and here), it seems that FLHSR has given up fully as their website is currently down.

I had never been in the platform area before and these track markers and planters were my favorite element.  There was a 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7, but no 1 or 2.  The font is consistent with the font used throughout the Plant system.

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