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The Silver Meteor passes through Odenton Station in 2014.
Amtrak Silver Service (interactive map)

Silver Service is a brand applied by Amtrak to its long-distance trains running along the United States East Coast between New York City and Miami, Florida. It comprises two trains:[1]

The two services follow the same general path between New York City and Miami, but diverge between Rocky Mount, North Carolina, and Savannah, Georgia. The Silver Meteor takes a coastal route through Fayetteville, North Carolina and Florence and Charleston, South Carolina, while the Silver Star turns inland to serve the Carolinas' two state capitals, Raleigh, North Carolina and Columbia, South Carolina. The Silver Star also makes a detour to service Tampa, Florida.

The two trains were inherited from Seaboard Coast Line Railroad when Amtrak took over most intercity rail service in 1971.

Between 1982 and 1985 Amtrak operated a service called Silver Palm between Miami and Tampa.[2]

Until 1985, the Silver Star made its inland turn at Richmond, Virginia. However, with CSX, corporate successor of Seaboard Coast Line, abandoning this track in 1985, the Silver Star was rerouted to pass through Rocky Mount en route to Raleigh.

Between 1996 and 2002 Amtrak operated a third New York–Miami train under this brand named the Silver Palm.[3]

In the 1970s Amtrak used the brand Florida Fleet to include the Silver Meteor, Silver Star, and the now-discontinued Champion.[4]


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  1. ^ "AMTRAK TO HOST CIVIC CONVERSATION IN SAVANNAH ON RAIL DEPOT REDEVELOPMENT AND RESTORATION". US Fed News Service, Including US State News  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). January 27, 2009. Archived from the original on March 24, 2016. Retrieved 2012-12-31.
  2. ^ "Sarasota Herald-Tribune - Google News Archive Search". news.google.com. Retrieved 2018-12-17.
  3. ^ Chapman, Mark David (November 1, 2001). "Kick back and enjoy the ride on Amtrak's Florida-bound trains; Get on track for enjoyable ride to Florida". Boston Herald  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). Archived from the original on February 24, 2016. Retrieved 2012-12-31.
  4. ^ Amtrak (1975). "Florida Fleet". Retrieved 2013-08-10.

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