Date: 6/24/1960 Road #:
Location: Miami, FL more... Builder/Model:  

The Florida East Coast depot in Miami is the terminus for trains on the FEC. At one time you could continue south from here. On this Thursday, June 24th 1960 not much seems to be happening.


By: Steve W. on 6/24/2015
I, too, remember this station quite well, and also the Seaboard's. Back then, we usually walked north from the FEC station to the Buena Vista engine yard. There were always plenty of red diesels and even a few ACL purple diesels occasionally, and in the early visits, a few FEC steamers, too, usually 0-8-0's. Those were great times in Miami back then, at least for me. I believe this was also my first intro to segregation being a boy from the 1950's Bronx, NY. We did quite a bit of rail travel back then and when the train went south of Washington, DC, the black passengers always went into "their" section of the coach. I really didn't understand much about this but no one seemed to mind (or so i thought) so i really didn't give it much thought at the time. The same situation existed on the N&W when we went to Roanoke to watch the steamers in their last years. Everything was labelled "white and colored", an unfortunate time for many.

By: Ira Silverman on 4/29/2015
Sometime in the mid-fifties I went with my family to Miami three times on the only double track route to Florida. I remember this station vividly and also remember seeing segregated bathrooms and water fountains for the first time. As a kid from New York I couldn't understand it.

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