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    The United States Sugar Corporation (USSC) operates in a number of counties west, south, and southeast of Lake Okeechobee. Being an in-house railroad, the line concentrates on delivering cut sugar cane to their refinery in Clewiston, transporting molasses syrup to the CSX railhead, and receiving supplies to operate their agricultural enterprise. Their fleet of locomotive power resembles UP. Their locomotive shops are located in Clewiston, in Hendry County. This is a professionally operated shortline. I've taken some photographs following the refurbishing of the locomotive repair and maintenance facility. The panels on the tracks capture oils and grease, and transport this to an oil/water separator for proper disposal. With the high level of precipitation in the area, the management performs their civic duty, and addresses any discharge concerns that might impact the environment.







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    Cool, do you have an more shots of the motive power?
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    Very Nice! More pics appreciated. When I worked at Kodak in Rochester they had a RR for moving coal around to their power plants, plus Tank cars and box cars.. I think the whole plant was seven miles long two at the widest. You can see pic on the web just by searching Kodak rail road
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    Funny you mention KODAK. I lived in Irondequoit, across the Genesee River from KODAK PARK. We would take almost yearly plant tours while in school. I remember the railroad lines (I believe they linked to the B&O). Plus there were coal docks down along the river off of Lake Avenue. We used to cross the Veterans Memorial Bridge on our bicycles and watch the switchers on their line at Ridge Road. My Dad would take me to the B&O yard near the airport, and the NYC under Main Street. As a kid, we'd ride an hour or two just to watch trains. Saw some cool stuff that are now gone forever.

    I'll get some USSC photos the next time I'm over in Clewiston.

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    USSC - Sweet! LOL

    It would be interesting to see more pics of these locos and the facility. I never knew... (Or about Kodak, either.)
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    Very cleaver with the rail troughs. That would be a sweet modeling detail

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    Default Us sugar locomotives

    I was out at the Bryant Mill Yard in Canal Point today. End of harvest season, so multiple trains were being staged for running cut cane to refinery in Clewiston.







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    Default Sugar cane cars

    Sugar Cane Cars at Canal Point Yard. These are three of the general cars used to haul cut cane. They all unload from side.They look a little rough. I must have seen over a hundred today.





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    Default Old crane

    I spotted this old crane in the yard this morning. Probably over fifty years old. Really a relic of the past.







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    SHUTTLEWAGON at Molasses Facility. Looked brand new.





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    TRACKMOBILE at the yard facility.

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    Default Led ditch lights

    One of the locomotives had LED Ditch Lights. Compared to the other units, I could see this engine moving way over a mile away. Super bright. I figured I post a good close-up.



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    Back to USSC-South Central Fruit Express (SCFE) Maintenance Yard/Locomotive Shop in Clewiston on Friday. There early, and locomotives were getting assignments. Not harvest season, but operations continue for Molasses Facility in Canal Point. Raining at Canal Point, so no photos from the Car Yard. Most of the older equipment has been replaced with new locomotives. Sand Tower was moved from west side, to east of the locomotive repair shed.
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    That crane is more like a hundred years old. Many were converted from steam to diesel power after the 50s. Tichy sells a kit for it.

    That railroad could be fun to model. Those cars look a lot like the leftovers that many beginners buy before settling for a theme to their railroad.
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    If I hadn't spent a small (actually moderate) fortune on Alaska Railroad equipment, I had thought about USSC-SCFE Railroad layout. Flat tracks, O scale grass as cane, or just plowed dark soil fields. Facility is a modern two track building long enough for two locomotives end to end. A few cane elevators, and a lot of hoppers (tanks for molasses) and you're set. Colors are almost Union Pacific, but I was told their early units were all used Santa Fe. And saw crane on Friday in yard.

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