Kudos to the wikipedia.org page which does a much better job of text descriptions, yet doesn't link to relevant data relations in OSM (via BrowseRelation wiki entries), as many OSM wiki readers have become familiar with. You might choose the text-oriented wikipedia.org page now and that'd be good, however, if you need the OSM data we are building links into tables and that will take some time and effort into the future. An Overpass Turbo link might prove useful, try this for passenger train routes. So, see List of Florida railroads if text descriptions are "good enough for now." We could use something like that for OSM specific data, even if it is simply links in wikipedia.org pages like the one ref'd above.
Like highways, railroad tracks have been imported from TIGER data and they share the same problems like unconnected segments, wrong tagging, missing bridges and railroad crossings and positions that are frequently off quite a lot. So a review is necessary as it is for highways.
Do we need to renew an API license or something? Andy, am I making a slippymap call I'm not allowed to do right now? Thanks for the tiles, I want to do the right thing.
- 1 Introduction
- 2 Editing Railroads starting from TIGER data
- 3 Active lines
- 3.1 CSX Transportation (CSX)
- 3.2 Florida East Coast Railway (FEC)
- 3.3 Norfolk Southern Railway (NS) via its subsidiary Georgia Southern and Florida Railway (GSF)
- 3.4 Short Line Rail
- 3.5 Private freight carriers
- 4 Passenger trains
- 4.1 Amtrak (passenger=national) trains serving Florida (AMTK)
- 4.2 Virgin Trains USA (Florida East Coast Railway) intercity (passenger=regional) trains (FECI)
- 4.3 Commuter (passenger=suburban) trains
- 4.4 Metrorail (Miami-Dade Transit) subway (passenger=urban) trains (MDT)
- 4.5 Tram/Monorail (passenger=local) trains
- 4.6 Historic, heritage, museum, excursion, tourism (passenger=local) trains
- 5 Military Rail
- 6 Disused lines
- 7 Abandoned lines
- 8 Railtrails
- 9 Yards
This is an early stub of Florida/Railroads. Please bear with OSM as it completes. Passenger rail documents up to the present: what needs doing here is to fully grow these relations to v2, as well as finish the tourism/excursion/museum/amusement park passenger rail in their own section(s). The main focus now should be on mainline, branch and freight/industrial rail of the Class I and Class II railways in Florida. There is a significant amount of work required to improve these TIGER rail data already entered while documenting their route=railway relations (even if it means we need to create them) in this wiki as we improve them. The Class III railways can follow after Class I and Class II are complete (at least fully documented in this wiki, not necessarily fully TIGER reviewed).
Editing Railroads starting from TIGER data
Please read WikiProject_United_States_railways#Editing_Railroads_starting_from_TIGER_data. After/during TIGER Review, the segments of a railway line with similar tagging (especially name=* and usage=*) should be collected into a route=railway relation.
Lines that see regular, active rail traffic for freight, industrial, military, etc. Active passenger rail (including commuter, tourism, museum, etc.) have separate sections below. If the railways are active non-passenger rail, they go here. If the railways are not active, they are placed into the Disused or Abandoned sections below. Very much under construction; now only a skeleton of the structure and eventually full tables of relations we aspire to complete as we document our progress improving Florida's railway=rail elements into route=railway relations and completing TIGER Review.
CSX Transportation (CSX)
A Class I (major) railway.
|Jacksonville Terminal Subdivision (A Line)||CSX||Jacksonville||Needs TIGER Review|
|P&A Subdivision||CSX||Pensacola - Milton - Crestview - DeFuniak Springs - Bonifay - Marianna - Grand Ridge - Chattahoochee||Needs TIGER Review|
|PD Subdivision||CSX||Flomaton, Georgia at the Florida line - Century - spurs to serve industrial zones at International Paper and Satsuma Heights - Brent, near Pensacola||Needs TIGER Review||Has a FIXME tag of "verify south end."|
|Clearwater Subdivision||CSX||Saint Petersburg - Clearwater - Tampa||Needs TIGER Review|
Florida East Coast Railway (FEC)
A Class II railway wholly inside of the state of Florida. In 2005 FEC owned and operated 351 miles (565 km) of mainline track between Jacksonville and Miami, 277 miles (446 km) of branch, switching, and other secondary track and 158 miles (254 km) of yard track.
|Florida East Coast Railway||FEC||Jacksonville - Saint Augustine - Daytona Beach - Cocoa - Stuart - Palm Beach - Boca Raton - Pompano Beach - Fort Lauderdale - Miami||Needs TIGER Review|
|Port Branch||FEC||Miami - Port of Miami (Cruise Terminals)||Done||Passenger, freight or both on this line?|
Norfolk Southern Railway (NS) via its subsidiary Georgia Southern and Florida Railway (GSF)
Considered a Class I (major) railway because of the "railroad holding company" relationship of Norfork Southern (NS).
|Valdosta District||CSX||Jacksonville - Georgia line - Valdosta, Georgia||Needs TIGER Review|
|Navair District||GSF||Navair - Lake City - Valdosta, Georgia||Partially TIGER Reviewed||Has a FIXME tag of "verify south end."|
Short Line Rail
Common freight carriers in Florida (without their own wiki sections already established above or below) include AN Railway (AN), Bay Line Railroad (BAYL), First Coast Railroad (FCRD), Florida Central Railroad (FCEN), Florida Midland Railroad (FMID), Florida Northern Railroad (FNOR), Georgia and Florida Railway (GFRR), Jacksonville Port Terminal Railroad (JXPT), Seminole Gulf Railway (SGLR) and South Central Florida Express, Inc. (SCXF). All are Class III (often called "Short Line") railroads. It makes sense to break these into two sub-sections here, Branch and Industrial, however, such characterization of each these railways is unknown until their data from TIGER are investigated (and other sources are consulted).
|Subdivision or Railway||Operator||Relation||Route||TIGER Review||Notes|
|Alabama and Gulf Coast Railway||AGR||Pensacola - industrial zone of International Paper - McKinnon Airpark - Mikes Ag Air Airport - Georgia Line - Demopolis, Georgia - Columbus, Mississippi||About 40% TIGER Reviewed||Tagged usage=branch but it isn't known what kind of traffic|
Private freight carriers
Private freight carriers receive a waiver from the Surface Transportation Board (STB) so they are not considered "common carriers." These include CF Industries (CFIZ), Conrad Yelvington Distributors, Inc. (CNYX), The Mosaic Company (IMCX), Orlando Utilities Commission (OUCX), Perdue Farms (PFMX), Port Manatee Railroad (MAUP), Port of Palm Beach District (PPBD) and Port of Panama City (PPC).
Private carriers (not known how these differ from the above, if at all) receive a waiver from the Surface Transportation Board (STB) so they are not considered "common carriers." These include Clay Springs and Apopka Railroad, Ellaville, West Lake and Jennings Railroad, Florida and Georgia Railway, Peace River Phosphate Company, Pensacola and Andalusia Railroad, Starke and New River Railroad, Union Cypress Company and Winston Lumber Company.
Tracks and stations used for passenger train routes are correctly collected into route=train relations, or route=subway, route=light_rail, route=tram or route=monorail when those are the underlying infrastructure.
Amtrak operates most passenger=regional (medium-distance: often interstate, sometimes intrastate) trains, one highspeed=yes train, and all passenger=national (long distance, interstate, most are overnight) and passenger=international trains in the USA. All Amtrak trains in Florida are believed in this table. Please correct and/or update any errors.
|Auto Train®||52, 53||car||Complete; public_transport v1. 855 miles (1,376 km). Tagged both passenger=national and service=car. Non-stop (automobiles and motorcycles are also transported) between Lorton, Virginia and Sanford, Florida.|
|Silver Meteor®||97, 98||national||Complete; public_transport v1. 1389 miles (2235 km). Part of "Silver Service®." Cities in Florida served: Miami, Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, Deerfield Beach, Delray Beach, West Palm Beach, Sebring, Winter Haven, Kissimmee, Orlando, Winter Park, DeLand, Palatka.|
|Silver Star®||91, 92||national||Complete; public_transport v1. 1522 miles (2449 km). Part of "Silver Service®." Cities in Florida served: Miami, Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, Deerfield Beach, Delray Beach, West Palm Beach, Sebring, Okeechobee, Winter Haven, Lakeland, Tampa, Kissimmee, Orlando, Winter Park, DeLand, Palatka, Jacksonville.|
Formerly called BrightLine, Virgin Trains USA is (non-Amtrak) passenger=regional rail serving Miami - Fort Lauderdale - West Palm Beach which endeavors to be "higher-speed" in the near future. Developed and operated by All Aboard Florida, a wholly owned subsidiary of Florida East Coast Industries, Virgin Trains USA is the only privately owned and operated intercity passenger railroad in the USA. Track is now Class 4, maxspeed=79 mph (127 km/h), upgrades to Class 5 (90 mph (145 km/h)) or Class 6 (110 mph (177 km/h)) are planned. A Class 6 Orlando extension is expected in 2021 for a 390 km total length. More extensions are planned: a Class 7 (125 mph (201 km/h)) extension between West Palm Beach and Cocoa and "it is understood and agreed" to extend to Jacksonville.
|Virgin Trains USA||Train||Train #||v1 now.|
SunRail (Florida Department of Transportation) commuter trains (FDOT)
State-owned, SunRail has 17 stops over 75 km of passenger=suburban rail along CSX's former "A" Line, serving greater Orlando between Poinciana and DeBary. The agreement FDOT has with CSX allows CSX to run a limited number of freight trains along the line at night, although the majority of the freight traffic has been rerouted west to CSX's "S" Line.
|SunRail||Train||Northbound: P302 to P340; Southbound: P301 to P339||v1 now. Needs platforms added.|
Tri-Rail (South Florida Regional Transportation Authority) commuter trains (TRCX)
|Tri-Rail||Train||Train #||v1 now.|
|Green Line||Subway||Subway #||Claims to be v2, but isn't fully. Needs named public_transport=stop_position tag added to track nodes as well as platforms added to both child relations.|
|Orange Line||Subway||Subway #||Claims to be v2, but isn't fully. Needs named public_transport=stop_position tag added to track nodes as well as platforms added to both child relations.|
Hillsborough Area Regional Transit trams (HART)
|TECO Line Streetcar System||Tram||Tram #||v1 now.|
Two lines operating cost-free to passengers in Jacksonville.
|JTA Skyway||Monorail||Tram #||v1 now.|
|Jacksonville Skyway||Monorail||Tram #||v1 now.|
|Brickell Loop||Monorail||903||v1 now.|
|Downtown Loop||Monorail||909||v1 now.|
|Omni Loop||Monorail||908||v1 now.|
Add rail at Metrozoo to this section?
Under construction. Passenger rail in Florida yet to be documented with relation links in tables here includes: Florida Gulf Coast Railroad Museum (FGCX), Seminole Gulf Railway (SGLR), which is part short-line freight and part passenger excursion rail, Serengeti Railway (Busch Gardens Tampa), Walt Disney World Monorail and Walt Disney World Railroad.
It is often the case that statewide rail wiki break into two tables wiki-documenting such rail: one table for the route=railway relations (usually each railway=rail element is also tagged usage=tourism), another table for the route=train (or monorail, etc.) relations describing passenger service (stations, headways...). Additionally, amusement park rail (Florida has a substantial amount) are often sub-categorized in this section and it seems to be emerging to tag these with tourism=theme_park. California/Railroads has an early/prototypical example which may be helpful.
There is a bit of "US Government Railroad" in Florida, though it is disused / abandoned (or isn't in OSM in the first place). Try this OT query, which currently returns very limited results of rail tagged usage=military in Florida: in Fort Pickens Park, south of Pensacola.
|Empty||?||Relation not defined yet|
Former railroad lines, whether still visible on the ground or not. A formal abandonment process with FRA has completed. Ways are tagged railway=abandoned or sometimes railway=razed if they have become completely built over in urban areas or are now, for example, farmland which has reverted to a more natural state with no evidence of tracks having been there. These should be historically determined or able to be so, but sometimes this is difficult because of lost history.
|Florida East Coast Railway (abandoned)||FEC||Miami - Homestead - Key West||Unknown||See the (barely updated since 2011) wiki at Florida_East_Coast_Railway.|
A railtrail uses a former railroad right-of-way for example bike or hiking paths, preserving the ROW for possible future re-use as a railway while providing a useful service in the meantime.
It would be very kind for more OSM volunteers to build a statewide "Yards" table (stub) with status on every single Florida rail yard. It is yet to be entered/incomplete as there are dozens of rail yards in Florida. Here is an OT query to help get started.