Silver Star (Amtrak)


Silver Star (Amtrak)

Infobox Amtrak



image_size = 300
image_caption = Southbound Silver Star in downtown Orlando, Florida
name = Silver Star
map_filename = Silverstarmap.pngMap_caption = Silver Star route map
map_size = 300px
numbers = 91-92
route = New York, NY to Miami, FL via Columbia, SC
distance = 1522-mile (2449 km)
start = May 1, 1971
end = present
owners = Amtrak, CSX, Norfolk Southern
{| Railway line headerThe "Silver Star" is a 1522-mile (2449 km) passenger train route in the "Silver Service" brand operated by Amtrak, running from New York City south to Miami, Florida via the Northeast Corridor to Washington, DC, then via: Richmond, Virginia; Raleigh, North Carolina; Columbia, South Carolina; Savannah, Georgia; Jacksonville, Florida; Orlando, Florida; and Tampa, Florida. The "Silver Star" shares much of its track with the "Silver Meteor", which runs further east through North Carolina and South Carolina and bypasses Tampa.

History

The "Silver Star" was originally a service of the Seaboard Air Line Railroad, running from New York to Miami and later also St. Petersburg (beyond Tampa). It was inaugurated December 12, 1947 to replace the "Advance Silver Meteor".

Until November 1, 2004 the "Silver Star" bypassed Tampa, which was served by the "Palmetto". The "Palmetto" was truncated to Savannah, Georgia at that time, and the "Silver Star" was rerouted to serve Tampa. The former segment of "Palmetto" between Jacksonville and Lakeland is now served by a Thruway Motorcoach bus connection to the "Silver Star".

Consist details

Today's "Silver Star" consist is as such:
* HHP-8 or AEM-7 engine (New York-Washington D.C.)
* 2 P42s (Washington D.C.-Miami)
* Baggage car
* 2 or 3 Viewliner sleepers
* Heritage Fleet diner
* Amfleet II café
* 3-6 Amfleet II coaches [ [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mn8bi58y8ak] "Video showing Silver Star consist" ] [ [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_59vnY4OMRY] "Video showing Silver Star consist" ] [ [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaPQz2Tateo] "Video showing Silver Star consist" ]

Route details

The "Silver Star" operates over Amtrak, CSX Transportation, and Norfolk Southern Railway trackage:
*Amtrak Northeast Corridor, New York to Washington
*CSX Landover Subdivision, RF&P Subdivision, Richmond Terminal Subdivision, North End Subdivision, and South End Subdivision, Washington to Selma
*NS , Selma to Raleigh
*CSX Aberdeen Subdivision, Hamlet Terminal Subdivision, Hamlet Subdivision, Columbia Subdivision, Savannah Subdivision, Nahunta Subdivision, Jacksonville Terminal Subdivision, Sanford Subdivision, Lakeland Subdivision, and Tampa Terminal Subdivision, Raleigh to Tampa
*CSX Auburndale Subdivision and Miami Subdivision, Auburndale to Miami

South from Jacksonville to Palatka, the train travels along St. Johns River.

tation stops

The "Silver Star" operates as train numbers 91 southbound and 92 northbound, making the following station stops:
*New York
*Newark
*Trenton
*Philadelphia
*Wilmington
*Baltimore
*Washington
*Alexandria
*Richmond Staples Mill Road
*Petersburg
*Rocky Mount
*Raleigh
*Cary
*Southern Pines
*Hamlet
*Camden
*Columbia
*Denmark
*Savannah
*Jacksonville
*Palatka
*DeLand
*Winter Park
*Orlando
*Kissimmee
*Lakeland (to/from the north only)
*Tampa
*Lakeland (to/from the south only)
*Winter Haven
*Sebring
*Okeechobee
*West Palm Beach
*Delray Beach
*Deerfield Beach
*Fort Lauderdale
*Hollywood
*Miami

References

External links

* [http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=Amtrak/am2Route/Vertical_Route_Page&c=am2Route&cid=1081442674074&ssid=136 Amtrak - "Silver Service / Palmetto"]


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