Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Champion Streamliner - Atlantic Coast Line Railroad

The Champion streamliner was a passenger train operated by the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad. It began operating on a 1,314-mile (2,115 km) route between New York City and Florida in 1939. It was inherited by Amtrak in 1971 and was discontinued in 1979.

Southbound trains originated in New York's Pennsylvania Station. They traveled south through Philadelphia, Washington, Richmond, Charleston, and Savannah to Jacksonville, Florida. The trains split in Jacksonville. West Coast trains traveled south then west through DeLand and Sanford to the Tampa Bay-St. Petersburg area, while East Coast trains traveled south and southeast along the east coast of Florida to Miami.

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