In Amtrak's early days, the Floridian was generally short enough to be handled by a single E, like this B&O hand-me-down getting its windshield cleaned. The train would grow for a couple years, t... (more)
Amtrak initiated operations with a fleet of Es and Fs bought or leased from the member roads. Most of them were quite old, while the rest were very old. In spite of the fleet's age, scenes like ... (more)
A trio of SDPs takes the Floridian out of town and toward Birmingham and points north. It was still a big train in those days, but nightmarish problems north of Louisville would eventually kill r... (more)
A coal train cools its heels as the Floridian pulls away from Union Station.
On a hazy, humid Alabama summer afternoon, a quartet of Amtrak's big SDPs slides to a stop in Montgomery with the southbound Floridian. A pair of SDPs was typical, with an occasional trio showing... (more)
In the rag-tag early days of Amtrak, an ex-B&O E8A and SCL E7A team to take the sb Floridian toward Dothan, Waycross and Florida points. They are about to pass below the u/c I85 bridge over the A... (more)
At start-up, Amtrak bought Es from railroads all over the USA, and also leased additional units, such as SCL 549.
The southbound Floridian was often hours late. Bad track north of Louisville caused most of the delays, but on this day the ailing Es aren't helping matters, so an SCL GE helps out. It's late su... (more)
The southbound Floridian passes JN Tower at L&S Junction on its way to Louisville Union Station. Amtrak’s Chicago to Florida train is running over five hours late on this clear but snowy day. ... (more)
The northbound Floridian departs Nashville on a nice May day in 1978. Bad numbers are about to catch up with the train, which will be discontinued the following October.
The Floridian loads a few at Nashville on a nice May day in 1978. Bad numbers are about to catch up with the train, which will be discontinued the following October.
Amtrak is over a year old, but 1446 - which would become Amtrak 202 - still wears its B&O dress. The Floridian would grow to a point where 2 SDP40Fs would be required, but then would be discontin... (more)
E8As of B&O and RF&P heritage team with a B-unit still in UP colors to lead the Floridian out of Montgomery's Union Station for points north.
Ex-B&O 1453 waits to lead the northbound Floridian out of Montgomery's Union Station.
On a hazy summer day in Alabama gray concrete and steel blend with faded, dirty Amtrak 204, resulting in an almost color-free image.