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Southern Railway

Streamliners to the Palms

Southern E7A #2919

Southern Railway train & logo 1949 An order for twelve E7A's was delivered to Southern in 1949, including #2919 (shown above). At that time SR ran a varied fleet of passenger trains into Jacksonville including the Royal Palm, Ponce de Leon and the seasonal streamliner New Royal Palm by way of Valdosta GA. The Kansas City - Florida Special and Skyland Special entered Florida via Jesup GA on trackage rights with Atlantic Coast Line.

1952 The New Royal Palm, December 1952
Via New York Central, Southern Railway (Cincinnati - Jacksonville) & Florida East Coast Ry.

SB #9NB #10Car RouteCar Type
RP-1RP-1Cincinnati - Miami22 reserved seat coach
RP-2RP-2Cincinnati - Miami54 reserved seat coach
RP-3RP-3Detroit - Miami54 reserved seat coach
  Cincinnati - MiamiDiner - Lounge
709F709Buffalo - Miami14 roomette - 4 dbl bdrm
708F708Cleveland - Miami10 roomette - 6 dbl bdrm
707F707Cleveland - Miami10 roomette - 6 dbl bdrm
  Cincinnati - MiamiDining Car
706F706Cincinnati - Miami10 roomette - 6 dbl bdrm
705F705Detroit - Miami13 dbl bedroom
704F704Detroit - Miami10 roomette - 6 dbl bdrm
702F702Detroit - Miami4 compartment - 2 drawing rm - 4 dbl bdrm
700F700Detroit - Miami5 dbl bdrm - Buffet - Observation

1953 Southern promoted its Florida passenger train fleet with the requisite bathing beauties and palm trees. Through sleeping cars from the Midwest finished the dash to the Miami sunshine over the Florida East Coast Railway.

Original line drawing art by Stan Lytle, enhanced with road colors and other details by Jack Bleiberg.

About color schemes: The image of Southern #2919 and the colors on this page show Southern Railway's green, white and gold.