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Streamliners to the Palms Online Museum

A Century of Passenger Train History in Florida

This collection is dedicated to the passenger trains and railroads of Florida. It includes photos, artwork, timetables, consists, history and vintage videos, with special emphasis on the colorful streamliner era.

Click each locomotive below for the full-size image, consists, timetables, color post cards, trip videos and interesting historical facts about Florida's passenger trains.

The exhibit includes the transcontinental Sunset Limited plus trip videos on the Silver Meteor, Silver Star, California Zephyr, Coast Starlight and others.
This collection covers the famous East & West Coast Champions, Florida Special, City of Miami and more including history, routes and consists.
The exhibit includes the fine passenger trains Henry M. Flagler, Havana Special and others, a complete 1957 timetable and a 1967 trip video!
This display presents the history of the Gulf Wind and timetables for the South Wind and other L&N passenger trains in the streamliner era.
This archive features the Silver Meteor and Silver Star heritage era streamliners, the Orange Blossom Special and a rare 1967 trip video!
Southern Railway #2919 SOUTHERN RAILWAY
This collection features passenger trains from the Mid-West to Florida such as New Royal Palm, Ponce de Leon and Kansas City Florida Special.

Jacksonville Terminal in the 1940sJACKSONVILLE TERMINAL
From its opening in 1919, nearly all Florida-bound passenger trains either originated, terminated or passed through this landmark station complex. There occurred a great shuffling of through cars from the Northeast and Midwest bound to various points in Florida. During the land boom of the 1920's it was the busiest station in the world. At its peak in 1944, nearly 10 million passengers passed through Jacksonville Terminal on 40,000 trains. In this view, the headhouse and concourse are clearly visible as well as the vast network of 32 tracks and platforms converging into the station. The last passenger train rolled out in 1974, when Amtrak moved to a much smaller structure 5 miles away.

Westbound A.C.L. E7As

Thanks to our information sources for the Florida Rails Online Museum:

Books: "By Streamliner New York to Florida", Joseph M. Welsh, Andover Junction, 1994 | "Atlantic Coast Line Passenger Service : The Postwar Years", Larry Goolsby, TLC, 1999 | "Night Trains", Peter T. Maiken, Lakme Press, 1989 | "Rails 'Neath The Palms", Robert W. Mann, Darwin, 1983 | "Seaboard Coast Line Railroad", Douglas B. Nuckles, TLC, 1995.

Periodicals: "An Exposition of E's" Parts 1-3, Scott Hartley, Passenger Train Journal, Jun - Sep 1986 | "Powering Amtrak into the 21st Century", David C. Warner, Passenger Train Journal, Jun 1993 | "Silver Meteor", Joe Welsh, Passenger Train Journal, Oct 1989 | "The Champion", Samuel Augustus Jennings, Mike Schafer, Passenger Train Journal, Nov 1987.

About color schemes: The colors on this page show Atlantic Coast Line's purple, yellow and aluminum, used from 1939 to 1957.