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



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.