|Service type||Inter-city rail|
|Locale||Midwestern United States/Southeastern United States|
|First service||September 27, 1925|
|Last service||March 7, 1968|
|Former operator(s)||Louisville and Nashville Railroad, Atlantic Coast Line Railroad|
|Stops||17 Winchester, KY; Knoxville, TN; Cartersville, GA; Marietta, GA; Atlanta, GA; Albany, GA|
Atlanta, Georgia, beginning in 1962
|Distance travelled||886 miles (1,426 km)|
|Average journey time||Southbound: 25 hrs 30 min|
Northbound: 24 hrs 5 min
|Train number(s)||17 (southbound), 18 (northbound)|
|Seating arrangements||Reclining seat coaches|
|Sleeping arrangements||Sections, roomettes, and double bedrooms (1955)|
Inaugurated on September 27, 1925, it operated between Cincinnati and Jacksonville, Florida, with sleeper service between Cincinnati Union Terminal and Atlanta Union Station. South of Atlanta, towards Jacksonville, it was operated in conjunction with the Central of Georgia Railway and the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad. From Albany to Jacksonville the Flamingo ran in tandem with the Illinois Central's Seminole, departing stations with an identical schedule for that final segment. In Jacksonville riders could continue their trips to elsewhere in Florida on various ACL branch lines that served different parts of the state, such as St. Petersburg, Sarasota (via Orlando and Tampa), Ft. Myers and Miami. Travellers to Miami would transfer in Jacksonville to the FEC's Havana Special. The Southland operated on similar route from Cincinnati to Albany portion, however, the Southland ran overnight through Georgia.
An empty oil tanker that had been attached to a north-bound freight train came loose and hit and wrecked the Flamingo near Falmouth, Kentucky in 1957. The injured received care at a local hospital.
Service was truncated to Atlanta in 1962; by September 8, 1965 the name was removed from the train. It was discontinued on March 7, 1968.
The dining car, originally built in 1948, was restored and returned to service by the Kentucky-Indiana Rail Advocates in 1998, serving up food on the dinner train from original recipes like seafood gumbo, lamb, plum pudding, and ham with red eye gravy.
Major stations served
- Cincinnati Union Station
- Covington, Kentucky
- Winchester, Kentucky (with connections for Lexington to the west)
- Corbin, Kentucky
- Knoxville L&N Station
- Cartersville, Georgia
- Marietta, Georgia
- Atlanta Union Station
- Albany Union Station
- Jacksonville Union Station
- "The Flamingo". American Rails. Retrieved August 3, 2017.
- Atlantic Coast Line Timetable, June 12, 1955, Table L
- Atlantic Coast Line Timetable, June 12, 1955, Table I
- Atlantic Coast Line Timetable, June 12, 1955, Tables C, L
- 'Official Guide of the Railways,' June 1961, Florida East Coast section, Table 1
- Penny Tuemler Conrad (2010). Pendleton County. Arcadia Publishing. p. 45. ISBN 978-0-7385-8621-2.
- "Recipes from L&N Revived". November 22, 1998. p. 4. Retrieved August 3, 2017 – via newspapers.com.
- Maury Klein (December 6, 2013). History of the Louisville & Nashville Railroad. University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 978-0-8131-4675-1.
- The Railroad Journal. 1947.
- United States. National Railroad Adjustment Board. Third Division. Awards. Third Division, National Railroad Adjustment Board. p. 364.