First Coast Railroad

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First Coast Railroad
Reporting mark FCRD
Locale Florida and Georgia, United States
Dates of operation 2005–present
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge

The First Coast Railroad (reporting mark FCRD) is a class III railroad operating in Florida and Georgia, owned by Genesee and Wyoming Inc. The name is derived from its area of operations around the First Coast of Florida.

The FCRD was founded in April 2005 to lease 32 miles of a former Seaboard Air Line Railroad from CSX. It stretches east from Yulee to Fernandina Beach, Florida and north from Yulee to Seals, with a connection at Yulee to CSX.

The north-south line, formerly the SAL main line before it was abandoned by the combined Seaboard Coast Line Railroad in favor of the ex-Atlantic Coast Line Railroad main line to the west, connects to the St. Marys Railroad at Kingsland. The line is abandoned north of Seals.

References[edit]

  • King, Leo (June 2006). "First Coast's First Days". Trains 66 (6): pp 34–39. ISSN 0041-0934.