Amtrak Route - South

Amtrak South

Amtrak Route - South

This listing included current and discontinued routes operated by Amtrak since May 1, 1971. Some intercity trains were also operated after 1971 by the Alaska Railroad, Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad, Chicago South Shore and South Bend Railroad, Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad, Georgia Railroad, Reading Company, and Southern Railway. The Southern Railway and D&RGW routes were taken over by Amtrak in 1979 and 1983 respectively.
 
Name Indicates Amtrak's name for the train, or in some cases the pre-Amtrak name for trains operating prior to November 14, 1971
Route The endpoints and major intermediate stops for the train. Changes to terminal stations within the same city, as well as route changes that did not modify the endpoint cities, are not shown.
Service
Began
The date Amtrak began operating the train
Service
Ended
The date Amtrak ceased operating the train
Notes Additional information concerning name changes and prior operators
Trains conveyed to Amtrak either on May 1, 1971, or afterward
Trains that are currently operating
†‡ Trains conveyed to Amtrak that are currently operating

Current Amtrak Route - South
 
Name Route Service
Began
Service
Ended
Notes
Auto Train Lorton - Sanford October 30, 1983 (1983-10-30) present  
Carolina Coast
(train)
New York City - Savannah June 11, 1972 (1972-06-11) September 10, 1972 (1972-09-10)  
Carolina Special
(train)
New York City - Jacksonville June 15, 1973 (1973-06-15) September 3, 1973 (1973-09-03)  
Carolinian
(train) †
New York City - Charlotte October 28, 1984 (1984-10-28) September 1, 1985 (1985-09-01) Section of Palmetto, split in Richmond
May 12, 1990 (1990-05-12) present Section of Palmetto splitting in Rocky Mount until 1991
Champion
(train) ‡
New York City - St. Petersburg May 1, 1971 (1971-05-01) October 1, 1979 (1979-10-01) Inherited from the Penn Central/RF&P/Seaboard Coast Line Railroad Champion. Consolidated with the Silver Meteor
Crescent
(train) †‡
New York City - New Orleans February 1, 1979 (1979-02-01) present Conveyed from the Southern Railway's (US) Southern Crescent.
Florida Special
(train) ‡
New York City - Miami December 17, 1971 (1971-12-17) April 14, 1972 (1972-04-14) Replaced by the Vacationer for the 1972-1973 season.
Floridian
(train)
Chicago - Miami/St. Petersburg November 14, 1971 (1971-11-14) October 7, 1979 (1979-10-07) Replaced the South Wind
Gulf Breeze
(train)
New York City - Mobile October 27, 1989 (1989-10-27) April 1, 1995 (1995-04-01) Through operation with the Crescent.
Gulf Coast Limited
(train)
New Orleans - Mobile April 29, 1984 (1984-04-29) January 6, 1985 (1985-01-06)  
June 28, 1996 (1996-06-28) March 31, 1997 (1997-03-31)  
Meteor (train)
(Amtrak Champion train)
Boston - Miami/St. Petersburg June 11, 1972 (1972-06-11) September 10, 1972 (1972-09-10) Champion.
Miamian (train)
(Vacationer train)
New York City - Miami December 15, 1974 (1974-12-15) January 10, 1975 (1975-01-10) Replaced the Vacationer.
Palmetto
(train) †
New York City - Savannah June 15, 1976 (1976-06-15) December 1988 (1988-12)  
New York City - Jacksonville December 1988 (1988-12) October 1994 (1994-10)  
New York City - Tampa October 1994 (1994-10) February 1, 1995 (1995-02-01) Replaced the Silver Meteor's Tampa Section
New York City - Miami May 1, 2002 (2002-05-01) November 1, 2004 (2004-11-01) Renamed from the Silver Palm (train)
New York City - Savannah November 1, 2004 (2004-11-01) present  
Piedmont
(train) †
Raleigh - Charlotte May 25, 1995 (1995-05-25) present  
Silver Meteor
(train) †‡
New York City - Miami May 1, 1971 (1971-05-01) June 11, 1972 (1972-06-11) Inherited from the Penn Central / RF&P / Seaboard Coast Line Railroad Silver Meteor. Renamed Meteor.
September 10, 1972 (1972-09-10) present Renamed from the Meteor.
Silver Palm
(train)
Miami - Tampa November 21, 1982 (1982-11-21) April 30, 1985 (1985-04-30)  
Silver Palm
(Palmetto train)
New York City - Miami November 10, 1996 (1996-11-10) May 1, 2002 (2002-05-01) Renamed the Palmetto
Silver Star
(Amtrak train) †‡
New York City - Miami May 1, 1971 (1971-05-01) present Inherited from the Penn Central/RF&P/Seaboard Coast Line Railroad Silver Star.
South Wind
(train)
Chicago - Miami/St. Petersburg May 1, 1971 (1971-05-01) November 14, 1971 (1971-11-14) Inherited from the Penn Central/Louisville and Nashville Railroad/Seaboard Coast Line Railroad South Wind. Replaced by the Floridian
Vacationer
(train)
New York City - Miami December 15, 1972 (1972-12-15) April 27, 1974 (1974-04-27) Seasonal train operation. Replaced the Florida Special. Replaced by the Miamian for the 1974 - 1975 season.
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