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Train Travel Postcard

Prior to the creation of the Interstate High System and access to affordable flights, train travel was an easy, safe, and relatively inexpensive way to travel to your favorite destinations. This postcard features an Atlantic Coast Line EMD-E7A diesel locomotive passing a filled observation car, part of the Champion line, with the beach in the far background. The Atlantic Coast Line’s Champion line delivered travelers from New York City to Miami, Florida. It often competed with the Seaboard Airline Railways Silver Meteor line, the first train to ever provide service from New York to Florida.  The Champion line ran from 1939-1979, eventually disappearing thanks to the rise in car and air travel. (Collection of the Museum of Florida History)