at the end of january i flew to palm beach florida, to attend a trains magazine charter on the us sugar corporation owned railroad, featuring their restored # 148, a 4-6-2 restored to steam in 2020. manufactured in 1920 by alco for the fec line in florida it hauled many passenger and freight trains over the flat florida lands. saturday and sunday were the charter days, and it was not warm that weekend in florida, 34 at 7 am saturday at train start, and 36 at 7 am sunday. but i did miss the blizzard conditions in ny on saturday. first up saturday, a runby out on the southeast sugar cane lines, us sugar has a pretty good size diesel fleet and hundreds of old boxcars cut apart and fashioned into sugar cars. the cane has to arrive at the mill within 8-12 hours of cutting or it starts to starch up and becomes useless.