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Florida Train Postcards

A photo column by Ken Murdock features railroad scenes of the past, a look back into railroading’s history.

Named trains were popular on color postcards. This one shows ACL’s

Champion E3A 500 with the train’s name lettered on the locomotive.

This practice was soon dropped to allow for more flexibility in locomotive

assignments. This new Budd built, 7-car, New York to Miami

streamliner was inaugurated on December 1, 1939 to compete with

SAL’s Budd built Silver Meteor placed in service 10-months earlier. This

Florida scene would have been somewhere on the FEC main line. -

CFRHS collection

This color postcard shows the Illinois Central Railroad’s City of Miami

streamliner in Florida on the FEC, en route to America’s Vacationland,

Miami. Inaugurated on December 18, 1940, this all-coach train was

operated jointly by the IC, C of G, ACL and the FEC. It operated over

the IC from Chicago to Birmingham, the C of G to Albany, the ACL to

Jax and the FEC to Miami. The IC power ran thru to Jax where FEC

power took over. This paint scheme wasn’t as attractive as IC’s later

orange and chocolate brown. - CFRHS collection

This color postcard shows a pair of SAL Orange Blossom Special, EMD

streamlined diesels in the famous citrus paint scheme, racing down

their Florida mainline side by side. Inaugurated on November 21, 1925,

this winter-only, New York to Miami, all-Pullman, heavyweight train

received diesel power for the 1938 season but never received lightweight

cars. It’s doubtful that this scene actually happened. Even if the

OBS ran in two sections, they wouldn’t have run side by side very long

since SAL’s Florida mainline was almost entirely single track. - CFRHS


This article originally appeared in the June, 2020 Flatwheel Newsletter

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