Posts Tagged ‘Jacksonville Florida’

Silver Meteor Motive Power in late 1979

December 18, 2020

Amtrak SDP40F Nos. 633 and 641 have brought the Silver Meteor into Jacksonville, Florida, from Washington in December 1979. No. 633 will pull ahead and back onto the Miami section, of which I am a passenger. The Washington-Florida run would be the last bastion for the SDP40F in scheduled service.

This is Somewhat an Amtrak Train

January 17, 2020

Amtrak was not the only scheduled rail passenger carrier to operate dome cars in the 1970s. The Denver & Rio Grande Zephyr had dome cars as did the Auto-Train.

For a short time in 1976-1977 Amtrak and Auto-Train operated a joint train between Louisville, Kentucky, and Sanford, Florida.

The Amtrak contribution was the Floridian, which operated between Chicago and Miami/St. Petersburg.

The Floridian would combine with the Auto-Train in Louisville and use A-T locomotives as far as Sanford.

At Jacksonville, the Miami section of the Floridian was separated and continued on its way behind an Amtrak SDP40F locomotive.

Interestingly, Amtrak put a dome car onto the Miami section in Jacksonville.

Shown is one of the Auto-Train dome cars on what is now the St. Petersburg section of the Floridian.

The combined Floridian and Auto-Train operation ended with the last joint train departing Louisville on Sept. 3, 1977.

With that Auto-Train gave up on serving the Midwest. Losses that Auto-Train incurred in serving the Midwest played a major role in bankrupting the company and leading to its demise.

Rehabilitation Finished at Jacksonville Station

June 6, 2019

Amtrak has finished refurbishments of its station in Jacksonville, Florida, that cost $1.1 million.

The work made the station located on Clifford Lane compatible with standards of the Americans With Disabilities Act.

The work included new curb ramps and landings, a path-to-transit drop off area; bollard mounted parking signage, and establishment of a customer drop-off area.

Jacksonville is served by Amtrak’s New York-Miami Silver Meteor and Silver Star.