The arrival of Henry Flagler's Florida East Coast Railway in the 1880's and 1890's was responsible for the development of most of the cities and towns along Florida's East Coast. The original city centers were built around the F.E.C. passenger stations. Today the mainline passes through every downtown business area.
Passenger services on the busy F.E.C. were disrupted by a strike on January 23, 1963. Abruptly, all through-trains from the North and Midwest were re-routed from Jacksonville through Orlando to Auburndale, near Winter Haven, on the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad. There a connection was made with the Seaboard Air Line Railroad mainline to Miami. F.E.C. was subsequently required to resume local service in 1965, so a nameless coach and observation car mini-streamliner ran until 1968.
Here you can browse the complete Florida East Coast Railway Timetable effective December 12, 1957, before that fateful strike, when streamliners still rumbled down the rails from Jacksonville to Miami!
About color schemes: The colors on this page show Florida East Coast Railway's red, yellow and silver, used from 1939 to 1962.