Southerner (U.S. train)

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For the New Zealand train, see Southerner (New Zealand train).
The Southerner Southern Railway System.JPG
Postcard depiction of the train.
First service March 31, 1941
Last service 1970
Former operator(s) Southern Railway
Start New Orleans, Louisiana
End New York City

The Southerner was a streamlined passenger train operated by the Southern Railway in the United States between New York City and New Orleans, Louisiana. It operated from 1941 to 1970.


The Southerner was one of two new streamliners put into operation by the Southern Railway in 1941, the other being the Tennessean. The new train made its first run on March 31, 1941, using new equipment delivered by Pullman-Standard.[1] The Pennsylvania Railroad handled the train between New York and Washington, D.C.

In 1970, the Southern Railway combined the Crescent with the Southerner to form the Southern Crescent.[2] This train became Amtrak's Crescent on February 1, 1979.


Pullman-Standard built three consists in 1941 for the new Southerner streamliner. Each consist included the following: baggage-dormitory-coach (22 seats), 52-seat coach (partitioned because of segregationist policies in the Southern United States), 56-seat coach, a dining car, two more 56-seat coaches, and a tavern-lounge-observation car. The front half of the observation car contained a tavern area with booths and tables. A bar area with a small buffet followed, then a rounded-off observation area. The Pennsylvania Railroad owned three of the 56-seat coaches.[1] Motive power south of Washington, D.C. was provided by an EMD E6 diesel locomotive.[3]


  1. ^ a b Wayner, Robert J., ed. (1972). Car Names, Numbers and Consists. New York: Wayner Publications. p. 86-87. OCLC 8848690. 
  2. ^ Amtrak. "Amtrak Crescent Route Guide". Retrieved 2007-05-15. 
  3. ^ Wegman, Mark (2008). American Passenger Trains and Locomotives Illustrated. Minneapolis, MN: Voyageur Press. p. 100. ISBN 9780760334751. OCLC 192109816. 

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