Taft to McCoy Air Force Base

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McCoy Air Force Base had a small railroad yard, some of which still exists today. This view is looking west, towards the wye with the active CSX A-Line. Photo by Chuck Hanus, November 2005.

The former McCoy Air Force Base, in Orlando, FL, was used by the military from the 1940s until the mid-1970s; afterward, it was redeveloped into today's Orlando International Airport. As is typical of most military bases at the time, it was served by a nearby railroad mainline (in this case, the CSX A-Line, formerly the Seaboard Coast Line) by way of a branch/spur that is now abandoned today. Its routing is hard to determine, as the area's redevelopment into Orlando International Airport has all but obliterated any evidence of it.

Chuck Hanus shares some photos of the little remaining vestiges of this small branch line, and adds: The wye joins the CSX A-Line and is just south of SR-528 Beachline Expressway and now is a circumferential route for the CSX Intermodal Facility in Taft. The line into the closed base disconnects for a few hundred feet and is not evident how the route previously ran (except looking at maps), but it picks up again in trees running between a road and a neighborhood. It continues east onto the former AFB property and later Navy property.

I was at Mccoy 1963-1967. I remember those tracks. All of the fuel for the planes came from Rail Tanker Cars. There were always some Tanker Cars parked on base.

John Blalock
Debary, FL
9/22/2010

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Can you still visit these locations? Also, is any of the base still left?

Gavin Winnett
Boca Raton, FL
10/16/2011

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Absolutely! Very few buildings remain from the base, mostly foundations. The tracks are still there and end on the west side by a subdivision (crossing on Barber Drive), and run to the east side toward Tradeport. The wye is completely overgrown by bushes and trees, but the switch near "Ave C" provides the view in the photos above. It's definitely worth a drive around the area, albeit a small area left to see.

Chuck
Orlando, FL
1/24/2012

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The railroad that originally served McCoy was the Atlantic Coast Line (ACL).

Harvey Henkelmann
Brandon
8/25/2012

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Who would you contact to purchase this line?

Zack
New York , NY
10/18/2014

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