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Encyclopedia > Silver Service

The Silver Service and Palmetto are a group of passenger railway lines operated by Amtrak, connecting New York Penn Station to Tampa, Florida and Miami, Florida. The line splits between Selma, North Carolina and Savannah, Georgia and south of Auburndale, Florida. Except for a short section at Savannah (where it uses the S Line), the combined route and east alignment runs along CSX's A Line (former Atlantic Coast Line Railroad mainline) from Richmond, Virginia to Tampa. Except between Selma and Raleigh, North Carolina (where it uses Norfolk Southern's H Line), the west alignment uses CSX's S Line, formerly the Seaboard Air Line Railroad mainline.


The Silver Star runs from New York City to Tampa, and then to Miami, via the west route at the north split and the east route at the south split. The Silver Meteor runs from New York City to Miami, using both east routes and bypassing Tampa. The Palmetto runs from New York City to Savannah, Georgia via the east route. Each train runs once per direction per day.


Until late 2002, the Palmetto was known as the Silver Palm.


Until November 1, 2004, service was slightly different. The Palmetto continued south to Miami with the other trains, but used CSX's S Line between Jacksonville and Plant City. There it turned west to Tampa, turned around, and went to Miami. Both Silver Service trains bypassed Tampa. The Palmetto's old routing is now served by Thruway Motorcoach bus service, with transfers at Jacksonville and Lakeland. The bus also stops at Gainesville, which had not been served by rail.


Other Amtrak lines on these tracks (south of Washington) are:

  • Auto Train - Lorton, Virginia to Sanford, Florida via the west route
  • Carolinian - Washington south to just north of Cary, North Carolina via the west route
  • Regional - Washington south to south of Richmond Staples Mill Road Station
  • Sunset Limited - Jacksonville south to Orlando, Florida via the east route, only three days per week

The Crescent and Cardinal lines only use the route from Washington to Alexandria, Virginia, stopping at both (and north to New York City); no information is provided here about those lines.

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Station listing

For service north of Washington, see Northeast Corridor. Silver Service/Palmetto trains stop only at these stations:

These lines are listed in the table below:

  • Amtrak lines: AT=Auto Train, CL=Carolinian, PL=Palmetto, RG=Regional, SL=Sunset Limited, SM=Silver Meteor, SS=Silver Star (note that not all trains of that designation necessarily stop at those stations)
  • Tri-Rail
  • VRE=Fredericksburg Line (and Manassas Line at and north of Alexandria)
State Milepost City Station Amtrak Other Connections
DC 0 Washington Union Station CL PL RG SM SS VRE MARC Brunswick Line, Camden Line and Penn Line, WMATA Red Line, Amtrak Northeast Corridor continues north
Thruway Motorcoach service (Greyhound Lines) to Dulles Airport, Warrenton and Charlottesville
1.2
QL136.7
CP Virginia
QL137.1 L'Enfant VRE WMATA Blue Line, Green Line, Orange Line and Yellow Line
QL138.5 state line
VA Crystal City VRE WMATA Blue Line and Yellow Line
QL138.9
CFP110.1
RO
CFP104.6 Alexandria CL PL RG SM SS VRE WMATA Blue Line and Yellow Line
VRE Manassas Line splits, along with Amtrak Crescent and Cardinal service
CFP99.6 Franconia/Springfield RG VRE WMATA Blue Line
CFP94.5 Lorton AT VRE
CFP89.4 Woodbridge RG VRE
CFP87.8 Rippon VRE
CFP79.1 Quantico CL RG VRE
CFP66.0 Brooke VRE
CFP63.4 Leeland VRE
CFP58.8 Fredericksburg CL RG VRE
Richmond Staples Mill Road Station CL PL RG SM SS
CFP1.7
ARN3.3
Acca Yard Amtrak Regional service splits
ARN0
A0
A17.4 Petersburg CL PL SM SS
NC A119.0 Rocky Mount CL PL SM SS Thruway Motorcoach service (Greyhound Lines) to Kinston, Jacksonville, Camp LeJeune, Goldsboro, Wallace and Wilmington
A135.7 Wilson CL PL
A161.2 Selma-Smithfield CL PL Amtrak Carolinian and Silver Star service splits along the west route
A209.7 Fayetteville PL SM
SC A262.2 Dillon PL
A292.7 Florence PL SM
A331.8 Kingstree PL SM
A388.0 North Charleston PL SM
A443.0 Yemassee PL SM
GA A490.0
S499.9
Savannah PL SM SS Amtrak Silver Star service joins from the west route
Thruway Motorcoach service (Greyhound Lines) to Augusta
S509.6
A503.1
Burroughs
A548.2 Jesup SM
FL A639.4 Jacksonville SL SM SS Thruway Motorcoach service (Amtrak) to Waldo, Gainesville, Ocala, Wildwood, Dade City and Lakeland
A698.0 Palatka SL SM SS
A750.0 DeLand SL SM SS Thruway Motorcoach service (local taxi companies) to Daytona Beach
Sanford Auto Train Station AT
A766.3 Sanford SL SM SS
A785.6 Winter Park SL SM SS
A790.4 Orlando SL SM SS Thruway Motorcoach service (Martz Tampa Bay) to Lakeland, Tampa, Pinellas Park-St. Petersburg, Bradenton, Sarasota, Port Charlotte and Fort Myers
Thruway Motorcoach service (Coach USA) to area hotels and attractions
A808.0 Kissimmee SM SS
A840.9 Auburndale Crossing Amtrak Silver Meteor service splits along and Silver Star service joins from the Miami route
A851.8 Lakeland SS Thruway Motorcoach service (Martz Tampa Bay) to Orlando, Tampa, Pinellas Park-St. Petersburg, Bradenton, Sarasota, Port Charlotte and Fort Myers
Thruway Motorcoach service (Amtrak) to Dade City, Wildwood, Ocala, Gainesville, Waldo and Jacksonville
A881.7 Tampa SS Thruway Motorcoach service (Martz Tampa Bay) to Lakeland, Orlando, Pinellas Park-St. Petersburg, Bradenton, Sarasota, Port Charlotte and Fort Myers

West route

State Milepost City Station Amtrak Other Connections
NC A161.2
H109.3
Selma-Smithfield CL PL Amtrak Palmetto and Silver Meteor service splits along the east route
H81.2
S156.0
Raleigh CL SS Amtrak Carolinian splits and Piedmont begins
S225.0 Southern Pines SS
Hamlet SS
S326.5 Camden SS
S359.4 Columbia SS
S410.3 Denmark SS
S497.3 Savannah PL SM SS Amtrak Silver Meteor and Palmetto service joins from the east route
Thruway Motorcoach service (Greyhound Lines) to Augusta

Miami route

State Milepost City Station Amtrak Other Connections
FL SX819.1 Auburndale Auburndale Crossing Amtrak Silver Meteor joins from the east and Silver Star service joins from the west
SX826.2 Winter Haven Winter Haven SM SS
SX867.2 Sebring Sebring SM SS
SX908.7 Okeechobee Okeechobee SS
SX966.6 Mangonia Park Mangonia Park Tri-Rail
SX969.9 West Palm Beach West Palm Beach SM SS Tri-Rail
SX976.5 Lake Worth Lake Worth Tri-Rail
SX983.0 Boynton Beach Boynton Beach Tri-Rail
SX987.5 Delray Beach Delray Beach SM SS Tri-Rail
Boca Raton Boca Raton Tri-Rail
SX998.3 Deerfield Beach Deerfield Beach SM SS Tri-Rail
SX1004.0 Pompano Beach Pompano Beach Tri-Rail
SX1005.3 Fort Lauderdale Cypress Creek Tri-Rail
SX1012.3 Fort Lauderdale SM SS Tri-Rail
Dania Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport at Dania Beach Tri-Rail
Hollywood Sheridan Street Tri-Rail
SX1019.7 Hollywood SM SS Tri-Rail
Golden Glades Tri-Rail
SX1030.0 Opa-locka Opa-locka Tri-Rail
Hialeah Metrorail Transfer Station Tri-Rail Metrorail
Hialeah Market (called Miami by Amtrak) SM SS Tri-Rail Thruway Motorcoach service (Greyhound Lines) to Miami International Airport, Homestead, Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon and Key West Airport
SX1037.5 Miami Miami Airport Tri-Rail

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