FLORIDA RAILS: Passenger Trains to the Palms

Welcome to a collection of hopefully-interesting facts and fables dedicated to the past, present and future of passenger trains in Florida.

FEC to the Palms Florida has a complex passenger train history. Enjoy a fun and informative lesson by visiting the colorful Florida Rails Online Museum, featuring "Famous Streamliners to the Palms".

During the heritage years (before Amtrak), the three great Florida railroads were the Atlantic Coast Line, Seaboard Air Line and Florida East Coast. Intense competition among them kept passengers moving to and from the Northeast and Midwest, and contributed greatly to Florida's growth and fortunes. Museum exhibits are also included for Amtrak and Southern Railway. Find authentic locomotive graphics, timetable scans, advertising, train consists and other artifacts.

See an automated FEC Timetable effective Dec. 12, 1957 featuring through schedules and consists to New York & the East, Chicago & the Midwest, and the complete mainline timetable.

The Tri-Rail Overview includes the history, operations and equipment of South Florida's commuter rail system. You can also buy railroad travel guides and Florida titles at the Florida Rails Bookstore. Take a look at the A-TRAIN Simulations available for free download!

Nowadays, Amtrak runs the daily Silver Meteor, Silver Star and Auto-Train. Brightline higher speed intercity trains and Tri-Rail commuter trains connect Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. Miami has its own 21-mile Metrorail elevated rapid transit system and Metromover people-mover. Orlando has the SunRail commuter rail system. Numerous private and non-profit organizations operate historic and excursion trains in the state.

Page colors herein approximate those used on authentic passenger trains that have served the Sunshine State. Look for the "about color schemes" footnotes!

About color schemes: The colors on this page show Seaboard's original diesel "citrus" green, orange and yellow, used from 1938 to 1954.