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I have been unable to locate any information on the streamliner called the Silver Comet that ran on the SAL from Atlanta to Birmingham. I have been to a train hobby shop and the Southeaster Railroad Museum. What sources should I try? Can anyone help me on this? Thanks, in advance ! Nancy Brown

-- Nancy Brown (, March 18, 2001


Bud is close, but his heritage confuses him anytime he thinks further north than the Mason-Dixon line. The Silver Comet actually originated in Boston and traveled down the New Haven before being handed over to the Pennsylvania. It was one of three "Silver Astronomy" passenger trains operated by the Seaboard. The other two, the Silver Meteor and the Silver Star, also originated in Boston but ended up in Florida. The Silver Comet took the same route they did but split off towards Atlanta at the big SAL junction in Hamlet, N.C.

-- Rob Richardson (, November 23, 2001.

Nancy, the Silver Comet actually originated off the Seaboard on the Pennsylvania R.R..The Pennsy took it as far south as Washington, D.C, the RF&P handled it from D.C. to Richmond, Virginia, and.the Seaboard took it from there to Birmingham. The train was christened by actress Jean Parker and began running in 1947. Its last run was in 1969. For more detailed information, check out the SAL Unofficial site in 'links'.

-- Bud(David L.)Leggett (, June 15, 2001.

Nancy - If you will scroll down the home page of this forum, you will see a heading OTHER MESSAGES. Under that heading you will find PASSENGER TRAINS. Click on that. There are at least two threads regarding the Silver Comet. As Joe says, if you need more information, just ask.

-- Tom Underwood (, March 18, 2001.

You came to the right place.If you can tell us in more detail what you are looking for,we will be happy to help.

-- J Oates (, March 18, 2001.

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