The arrival of Henry Flagler's Florida East Coast Railway in the 1880's and 1890's was responsible for the development of most of the cities and towns along Florida's East Coast. The original city centers were built around the FEC passenger stations. Today the mainline passes through every downtown business area.
Passenger services on the busy FEC were disrupted by a strike on January 23, 1963. Abruptly, all through-trains from the North and Midwest were re-routed from Jacksonville through Orlando to Auburndale, near Winter Haven, on the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad. There a connection was made with the Seaboard Air Line Railroad mainline to Miami. FEC was subsequently required to resume local service in 1965, so a nameless coach and observation car mini-streamliner ran until 1968.
When the private railroads handed over control of intercity passenger service to AMTRAK on May 1, 1971, the FEC strike had still not been settled. Otherwise, surely AMTRAK would have selected the FEC route to reach Miami and the ACL route to reach Tampa.
Now you can browse an FEC timetable and speculate how today's passenger rail service in Florida would compare to what existed in 1957, a few years before that fateful strike. With that thought, here is the automated version of the Florida East Coast Railway Timetable of December 12, 1957.
About color schemes: The colors on this page show Florida East Coast Railway's red, yellow and silver, used from 1939 to 1962.