Lake Monroe to Winter Garden

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Greg Harrison

(Forwarded from the Orange Belt Railway)

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ACL right-of-way facing northeast at Bear Lake Road on the edge of Altamonte Springs. Wood ties still in place. Photo by Mike Palmer, April 2010.

The Lake Monroe to Winter Garden route was originally constructed as the 3-foot gauge Orange Belt Railway. The line was eventually acquired by the Atlantic Coast Line and converted to standard gauge. The line served the citrus growing area north of Orlando, but service was no longer needed after the area was developed. The route traverses several built-up residential neighborhoods.

A segment of line between Toronto and Clarcona is still in service and operated by the Florida Central. Separately, a short segment in an industrial area of Winter Park is still in service, connected to another ACL remnant operated by Florida Central. The right of way was obliterated by Florida State Hwy 429 in west Ocoee; while another segment has been converted to a bike trail.

Thanks to Mike Palmer for contributing information about this route.

The segment from Orange Blossom Trail to about the shopping centers was used to store cars in the early 2000s. It was dismantled circa 2009. Unfortunately, a lot of the track paveovers and ROW have been obliterated with a widened road.

College Station, TX


Part of the ROW displayed in the photos has since been paved over and is now a bi

ACL right-of-way near Bear Lake Road on the edge of Altamonte Springs has since been paved over and is now part of a bike path.

Altamonte Springs, FL


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