Crossing the St Johns


This is the portrait of the Atlantic Coast Line’s brilliant E-3 locomotive #501 leading the elegant West Coast Champion as it approaches Palatka, Florida over the St. Johns River.

The ACL’s Champion was led by the stylized Electro-Motive Corporation (EMC) E3 diesel built by the Budd Company in late 1939. It was adorned in a stunning paint scheme of colorful purple and silver with yellow trim. The interior look of the train featured nautical and tropical themes in bright colors.  Interestingly, the train operated over four different railroads with its segment across the ACL roughly the mid-point of the train’s journey.

From north to south, the railroad worked in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Railroad to ferry passengers from New York City’s Pennsylvania Station to Washington, D.C. (under its electrically-powered, streamlined GG1 locomotives) where it was handed off to the Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac as it continued its journey southward. Once in Richmond, Virginia the train was handed over to the Atlantic Coast Line. From this point, it remained under ACL control until reaching Jacksonville, Florida. There it was divided into two sections with the Florida East Coast Railway picking up its half to Miami and the ACL taking its half to Tampa.

The two railroads sported an amazing rainbow of colors with the EMD E3 locomotives leading the way: The West Coast Champion wearing its purple/silver and the East Coast Champion sporting an attractive bright yellow and red livery.

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Lithograph image size 22″ w x 14.5″ h on heavy stock paper dimensions 24.5″ w x 17.5″ h

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Giclee on Canvas $500, Giclee on Watercolor Paper $250, Lithograph on Heavy Stock $75


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