Although “Diamonds” are a girls’ best friend, I’m not going to talk about that kind of diamond today. Instead I’m putting on my railfan hat and will talk briefly on railroad “Diamonds”. These diamonds are properly known as crossings, where one track crosses another at the same grade. Crossings are generally 90o but can be constructed at varying safe angles to accomplish the needed result. It gets its nickname from the shape of the space in the center of the crossing.
One of these crossings can be found in Plant City. The Union Station Depot was built in 1908-1909 by both the Atlantic Coast Line (east-west line) and the Seaboard Airline Railroads (north-south line).1 Across from the Robert W Willaford Railroad Museum at the old Plant City Union Station Depot is a train watching platform and tower built in 2013. The tower is a super vantage point to watch railroad activity with rail traffic northbound toward Wildwood, Jacksonville and Atlanta; westbound to Tampa and Bradenton; and eastbound to Lakeland, Miami and Orlando.1 Some information was obtained from the Plant City Government website.