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Silver Meteor near Hollywood, Florida, early 1970s.

Black and white photograph of the southbound Silver Meteor (New York-Miami), framed by palmetto leaves; dates to the early 1970s.

<i>Silver Meteor</i> near Hollywood, Florida, early 1970s.

The Silver Meteor, whose name suggests luxury and speed, has a long and rich history that goes back more than seven decades. It originally went into service in 1939 under the Seaboard Airline Railroad, which later merged with the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad in 1967 to form the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad (SCL). The Silver Meteor and Silver Star continued to operate under Amtrak after it took over the nation’s intercity passenger rail services on May 1, 1971.

The streamlined E8A locomotive leading the train in this image was originally manufactured by General Motors' Electro-Motive Division between 1949 and 1954. Inherited from the SCL, it wears the Amtrak Phase I livery introduced in 1972.

Photographer: Ira H. Wexler for Amtrak.