Atlantic Coast Line Railroad

Florida Rails: Famous Streamliners to the Palms

ACL E7A #538


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Atlantic Coast Line logoACL #538 was one of a group of 20 E7A's (#524-543) delivered from 1945 to 1948 and assigned to ACL's new streamliners including the Champion. Already in the fleet were 29 earlier E3A's, E6A's and E6B's.

The famous New York-Miami winter-only flagship Florida Special received its streamlined consist in 1949. It was Florida's first all-Pullman all-room streamliner, with each trainset having 12 regularly-assigned Pullman sleeping cars, two dining cars, and two 6-bedroom-bar-lounges. The East Coast Champion was frequently its all-coach companion, running at similar times of day. Beginning in October 1955, both trains operated on a remarkable 24-hour schedule, routinely speeding at 100 mph over the double-track Richmond to Jacksonville main line with its advanced signaling.

Champion streamliner of 1939 by Media by McCann


 

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Original line drawing art by Stan Lytle, enhanced with road colors and other details by Jack Bleiberg. 1939 Champion GIF image by Media by McCann.

About color schemes: The image of ACL #538 and the colors on this page show Atlantic Coast Line's purple, yellow and aluminum, used from 1939 to 1957.