Seaboard Air Line Railroad

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SAL E4A #3011
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Seaboard Air Line Railroad logo Owing to the phenomenal public enthusiasm for the new Silver Meteor, inaugurated Feb. 2, 1939 as Florida's first streamliner, SAL ordered seven 2,000-hp E4 diesel locomotives (#3007-3013). This allowed expanding the single-trainset every-third-day schedule to daily operation. On Dec. 23, 1939, the Silver Meteor's E4s began hauling 7 cars to Miami every day, plus every third day an additional 3 cars to Wildwood FL, where streamlined steam Pacifics finished the Gulf Coast run to St. Petersburg (see consist below).

Silver Meteor 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 Silver Meteor GIF image by Media by McCann.

About color schemes: The image of SAL #3011 and the colors on this page show Seaboard's original diesel "citrus" green, orange and yellow, used from 1938 to 1954.