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Passenger Trains of the South Before Amtrak
A colorful and diverse group of railroads operated passenger trains in the South that ranged from speedy limiteds like the Panama Limited and Silver Meteor to regional and branchline services.
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Photo ID: 234940

The Southern Crescent, Queen of the East and the South. This was America's train just as much as the City of New Orleans, The Super Chief and the Twentieth Century Limited. Also consider the Hiawa... (more)

Railroad: Southern Railway
Locomotive: EMD E8(A)
Location: Alexandria, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: SOU 6912
Train ID: SOU 1
Photo Date: July, 1972


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By: Donald Haskel

Added: May 10, 2008

Views: 5,395
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Photo ID: 232050

Squeezed in between high nose EMD's and seventy six pigs, is a one car, one unit passenger train. Father is teaching son about being a railfan while watching this unusual sight.

Railroad: Southern Railway
Locomotive: EMD FP7(A)
Location: Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: SOU 6141
Train ID: SOU #8
Photo Date: August, 1972


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By: Donald Haskel

Added: Apr 18, 2008

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Photo ID: 227457

The Pelican makes final stop at Bristol after an overnight trip from New York that began on the Penn Central, then ran on a portion of Southern Railway. If this train continued on to New Orleans i... (more)

Railroad: Norfolk & Western
Locomotive: EMD GP9
Location: Bristol, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: NW 518
Train ID: NW 41
Photo Date: August, 1970


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By: Donald Haskel

Added: Mar 14, 2008

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Photo ID: 215691

Train #6 departing Spartanburg. Note the piggybacks on the rear.

Railroad: Southern Railway
Locomotive: Alco RS-3
Location: Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA
Locomotive #: SOU 6238
Train ID: Piedmont Limited
Photo Date: April 18, 1974


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By: TL Scott

Added: Dec 16, 2007

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Photo ID: 207948

Northbound "School Patrol Special" drifts downhill past the station at Magnolia in late afternoon sunlight. Southern Railway protected all special moves, such as this one run for school patrol gau... (more)

Railroad: Southern Railway
Locomotive: EMD E8(A)
Location: Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA
Locomotive #: SOU 2927
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: March 24, 1972


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By: TL Scott

Added: Oct 23, 2007

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Photo ID: 167576

The IC afternoon intercity fleet afternoon departures included the JWRiley 4P, Panama Limited 4:30P (all sleeping cars & seen here), Seminole 4:45P, Land O' Corn 5P, & The Hawkeye 7P. Here's a vi... (more)

Railroad: Illinois Central Railroad
Locomotive: passenger cars
Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Locomotive #: IC 4032
Train ID: #6 Panama Limited
Photo Date: September, 1965


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By: John Dziobko

Added: Dec 05, 2006

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Photo ID: 167571

4:30pm on a late summer afternoon in the Windy City c. '65...the Beatles & Rolling Stones latest hits crackle over the WLS-AM airwaves...and the IC's Panama Limited, with sleeping cars only, depar... (more)

Railroad: Illinois Central Railroad
Locomotive: EMD E8(A)
Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Locomotive #: IC 4032
Train ID: #6 Panama Limited
Photo Date: September, 1965


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By: John Dziobko

Added: Dec 05, 2006

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Photo ID: 152559

Railroad: Norfolk & Western
Locomotive: EMD GP9
Location: Crewe, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: N&W 500
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: August 22, 1965


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By: Warren Calloway

Added: Jul 24, 2006

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Photo ID: 145903

Railroad: Seaboard Air Line
Locomotive: EMD E7(A)
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
Locomotive #: SAL 3044
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: August 24, 1964


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By: Warren Calloway

Added: May 31, 2006

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Photo ID: 129709

One-car train, #7, arrives at Lynchburg's Kemper St. station. THis was something Southern had to run after Amtrak's creation in 1971. SR did not join initially

Railroad: Southern Railway
Locomotive: EMD FP7
Location: Lynchburg, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: SOU 6131
Train ID: 7
Photo Date: August, 1973


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By: G. R. Harper

Added: Jan 07, 2006

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Photo ID: 128885

Cross platform connections between N&W 17 (left) and 3. Amtrak isn't far off, and these trains will both be gone. (Photo note: no tripod? Baggage carts can come in handy!)

Railroad: Norfolk & Western
Locomotive: Coach
Location: Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: NW 1726
Train ID: N&W 3
Photo Date: March 21, 1971


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By: George W. Hamlin

Added: Dec 26, 2005

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Photo ID: 125433

SB Southwind coming off the A Line to the S Line

Railroad: Seaboard Coast Line
Locomotive: EMD E6A
Location: Auburndale, Florida, USA
Locomotive #: SCL 514
Train ID: SCL Southwind
Photo Date: October, 1968


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By: Stan Jackowski

Added: Nov 15, 2005

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Photo ID: 125430

SB Champion departing for St Peteersburg, FL.

Railroad: Seaboard Coast Line
Locomotive: EMD E6A
Location: Tampa, Florida, USA
Locomotive #: SCL 505
Train ID: SCL 91
Photo Date: May, 1969


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By: Stan Jackowski

Added: Nov 15, 2005

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Photo ID: 125429

Southern Piedmont with pigs and racks on the rear at Salisbury Depot

Railroad: Southern Railway
Locomotive: EMD FP-7
Location: Salisbury, North Carolina, USA
Locomotive #: SOU 6141
Train ID: SOU 5
Photo Date: September 16, 1974


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By: Stan Jackowski

Added: Nov 15, 2005

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Photo ID: 111970

In fresh blue paint, N&W Pullman McDowell County is lined up to go east on the rear of the "Pocahontas" later in the evening.

Railroad: Norfolk & Western
Locomotive: Pullman
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Locomotive #: McDowell County
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: August 17, 1966


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By: Ron Flanary

Added: Jul 09, 2005

Views: 4,420
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