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I am very interested in Knowing the routes fo the Seaborad Air Line RR in Florida during the 1914 - 1920 era. My g-grandfather worked the railroad and I'm interested in the routes from Jacksonville to the Keys and the Indian River Area. Also is there any way you can get a list of the people who worked on the railroad during this era and their jobs? Would love to know.
-- Carolyn Scoggins (firstname.lastname@example.org), August 05, 1999
The only Railroad that went to the keys (Key West) was The F.E.C. It was destroyed by a hurricane in 1935 and was not rebuilt. Wouldn't that be an incredible weekend rail excursion if it still existed ?
-- bob levasseur (email@example.com), October 15, 2002.
Carolyn, You may be refering to the SAL when it went to Cedar Keys, SW of Gainsville. State Hwy 24 follows the RoW from Waldo to Cedar Key. Actually, it was started before the Civil War and was one of the first RR's in the state.
-- Arthur Raynolds (ARdiver@citcom.net), October 11, 2002.
The Seaboard Air Line did not complete its line into Miami until the mid 1920's - 1925 unless I'm mistaken - and never operated into the Keys. You may be thinking of the Florida East Coast Railway which did, indeed, operate into Miami from 1895 on and to Key West from 1912 until 1935.
Hope this helps.
-- Robert H. Hanson (RHanson669@aol.com), August 06, 1999.