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FEC E3A #1001
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Florida East Coast Railway logo FEC's first diesel locomotive, E3A #1001 of 1939, was assigned to the Jacksonville-Miami Henry M. Flagler. Partner #1002, along with 2 identical Atlantic Coast Line E3A's #500 & #501, was assigned to the daily New York-Miami Champion, which had its inaugural run on December 1, 1939. Each unit pulled an identical consist of 7 passenger cars, with 2 sets owned by each railroad.

In January 1941, in response to overwhelming demand, the Champion was doubled in size to 14 cars. The streamliner again received new equipment in the winter of 1949-50, which it operated until Amtrak in 1971.

Original consists, winter 1939-40:
The ChampionHenry M. FlaglerCar Type
New SmyrnaStuart22-seat coach - baggage - dorm
Cocoa-RockledgeHollywood60-seat coach
PompanoHobe Sound60-seat coach
Fort PierceFort Lauderdale48-seat diner
Boca RatonMelbourne60-seat coach
Vero BeachDelray Beach52-seat coach - hostess rm
Bay BiscayneLake WorthTavern observation (round-end)

Henry M. Flagler streamliner of 1939 by Media by McCann

FEC Railway in Miami, Florida State Archives Photographic Collection:

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Original line drawing art by Stan Lytle, enhanced with road colors and other details by Jack Bleiberg. Henry M. Flagler streamliner GIF image by Media by McCann.

About color schemes: The colors on this page show Florida East Coast Railway's red, yellow and silver, used from 1939 to 1962.