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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: 363632

The Tidewater section of the eastbound Sportsman makes the station stop at Gordonsville. The station was unique, sitting in the middle of a wye.

Railroad: Chesapeake & Ohio (C&O)
Locomotive: EMD E8(A)
Location: Gordonsville, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: 4006
Train ID: Sportsman Tidewater
Photo Date: April, 1968


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By: Jeremy plant

Added: May 17, 2011

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Photo ID: 357282

Southbound Southern No. 5, the "Piedmont," was rounding a curve at Rockfish, VA on October 18, 1975, led by FP7 No. 6134. Normally, No. 5 rated four F units, but on this day was getting along wit... (more)

Railroad: Southern Railway
Locomotive: EMD FP7
Location: Rockfish, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: SOU 6134
Train ID: No. 5, the
Photo Date: October 18, 1975


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By: Extra 127 South

Added: Mar 17, 2011

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Photo ID: 356996

Southbound Southern mixed train No. 5, the "Piedmont," passes through Orange, VA on Sept. 1, 1973, led by F7A No. 6714. At this point in time, No. 5 left Washington passenger only. At Alexandria... (more)

Railroad: Southern Railway
Locomotive: EMD F7(A)
Location: Orange, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: SOU 6714
Train ID: No. 5, the
Photo Date: September 01, 1973


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By: Extra 127 South

Added: Mar 15, 2011

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Photo ID: 350221

With plenty of power and extra cars to accomodate holiday travelers, the Silver Meteor is seen passing palm trees on a golf course at Hollywood, New Years Day 1970. Little could anyone envision t... (more)

Railroad: Seaboard Coast Line
Locomotive: EMD E7(A)
Location: Hollywood, Florida, USA
Locomotive #: SCL 550
Train ID: Silver Meteor
Photo Date: January 01, 1970


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By: John Dziobko www.godfatherrails.com

Added: Jan 01, 2011

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Photo ID: 350117

On a visit to warmer climes for New Years Day 1970 the Silver Meteor is captured as the tropical skies open long enough to nicely illuminate the consist at Hollywood. For the head-end view, click... (more)

Railroad: Seaboard Coast Line
Locomotive: obscar
Location: Hollywood, Florida, USA
Locomotive #: SCL 550
Train ID: Silver Meteor
Photo Date: January 01, 1970


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By: John Dziobko www.godfatherrails.com

Added: Dec 31, 2010

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Photo ID: 341926

The long CITY OF NEW ORLEANS accelerates on its southbound run.

Railroad: Illinois Central Railroad
Locomotive: observation car
Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Locomotive #: Unknown
Train ID: IC 1
Photo Date: June 13, 1962


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By: Bob Krone

Added: Oct 18, 2010

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Photo ID: 341924

The last day of my week in Chicago was a beautiful Wednesday. Illinois Central's CITY OF NEW ORLEANS passes the coach yards behind A-B E8 units.

Railroad: Illinois Central Railroad
Locomotive: EMD E8(A)
Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Locomotive #: IC 4024
Train ID: IC 1
Photo Date: June 13, 1962


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By: Bob Krone

Added: Oct 18, 2010

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Photo ID: 339514

Eastbound Birmingham Special departing Roanoke behind an E8/FP7 duo bound for Washington, DC via Lynchburg.

Railroad: Southern Railway
Locomotive: EMD E8(A)
Location: Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: SOU 6914
Train ID: SOU 18
Photo Date: August, 1969


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By: Tom Sink

Added: Sep 30, 2010

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Photo ID: 337296

EMD E8 4029 heads A-A units on the inbound PANAMA LIMITED at 57th St.. This was one of only three all sleeping car trains in the country at the time, the other two being on the Pennsylvania.

Railroad: Illinois Central Railroad
Locomotive: EMD E8(A)
Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Locomotive #: IC 4029
Train ID: IC 6
Photo Date: June 08, 1962


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By: Bob Krone

Added: Sep 09, 2010

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Photo ID: 335721

The Louisville section of C&O’s George Washington (eastbound, train 22) is departing L&N’s Union Station in June 1965. C&O’s trains serving the Derby City called at the riverfront Central Station ... (more)

Railroad: Chesapeake & Ohio (C&O)
Locomotive: EMD E8(A)
Location: Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Locomotive #: CO 4016
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: June, 1965


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By: David W. DeVault

Added: Aug 25, 2010

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Photo ID: 334199

In the spring of 1966, Southern eliminated a portion of its Washington to Memphis “Tennessean” passenger train, nos. 45 and 46. The Chattanooga to Memphis leg was retained for a few more years, an... (more)

Railroad: Southern Railway
Locomotive: EMD FP7
Location: Bristol, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: SOU 6130
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: May, 1966


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By: David W. DeVault

Added: Aug 09, 2010

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Photo ID: 333718

Seaboard Coast Line train #9, the Palmland, is seen here southbound at Raleigh, NC in the spring of 1970.

Railroad: Seaboard Coast Line
Locomotive: EMD E7(A)
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
Locomotive #: SCL 524
Train ID: SCL 9
Photo Date: April, 1970


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By: Tom Sink

Added: Aug 04, 2010

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Photo ID: 328960

Southern Railway train #6 approaching the depot in Greensboro, Dec. 1969.

Railroad: Southern Railway
Locomotive: EMD FP7
Location: Greensboro, North Carolina, USA
Locomotive #: SOU 6130
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: December, 1969


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By: Tom Sink

Added: Jun 21, 2010

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Photo ID: 323124

Piedmont Limited at Greensboro in May 1978.

Railroad: Southern Railway
Locomotive: EMD FP7
Location: Greensboro, North Carolina, USA
Locomotive #: SOU 6147
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: May, 1978


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By: Tom Sink

Added: May 04, 2010

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Photo ID: 321886

Two Southern Railway FP7A's power the southbound "Piedmont" at Salisbury, NC. The late afternoon sun weakly illuminates the little passenger train. It will be after midnight and well after dark ... (more)

Railroad: Southern Railway
Locomotive: EMD FP7
Location: Salisbury, North Carolina, USA
Locomotive #: SR 6147
Train ID: SR 5
Photo Date: August 28, 1976


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By: Don Crimmin

Added: Apr 23, 2010

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