This is the final timetable for the Champion under private ownership. While the service to Montgomery, Naples and Venice would be axed with the turnover to Amtrak on May 1, 1971, the Champion itself would remain for several more years on a New York-Tampa-St. Petersburg routing.

From the pages of the Official Guide, April 1971

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The Champion

Penn Central
Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac RR
Seaboard Coast Line Railroad
December 11, 1970

145 Train Number 144
Daily Miles (Penn Central) Services Daily
3 10P Dp 0.0 New York, NY (Penn Station) (ET) C R Ar 11 20A
R 3 26P 10.0 Newark, NJ C R D11 03A
R 4 13P 58.1 Trenton, NJ C R D10 18A
R 4 42P 85.9 North Philadelphia, PA C X D 9 51A
R 4 51P Philadelphia, PA (30th St. Station) C R D 9 40A
R 5 19P 118.1 Wilmington, DE C D 9 11A
R 6 20P 186.5 Baltimore, MD C D 8 00A
R 7 00P Ar 226.6 Washington, DC C R 7 20A
91 Continuing Train Number (Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac) 92
7 30P Dp 226.6 Washington, DC C R 6 45A
F 7 47P 234.8 Alexandria, VA C X F 6 09A
F 8 12P 261.3 Quantico, VA F 5 42A
F 8 32P 280.7 Fredericksburg, VA C F 5 24A
9 45P Ar 340.1 Richmond, VA (Broad Street) C R Dp 4 30A
(Seaboard Coast Line)
10 00P Dp 340.1 Richmond, VA C R Ar 4 15A
F10 30P 367.1 Petersburg, VA C R 3 26A
11 55P 464.2 Rocky Mount, NC C 1 52A
12 14A 480.3 Wilson, NC C 1 27A
1 20A 554.5 Fayetteville, NC C R 12 27A
3 00A Ar 637.3 Florence, SC C Dp 11 10P
3 10A Dp Ar 11 00P
4 35A 738.7 Charleston, SC C R 9 20P
5 20A 797.8 Yemassee, SC C 8 30P
6 25A 849.2 Savannah, GA C R 7 45P
F 7 17A 905.9 Jesup, GA C R F 6 40P
8 00A Ar 945.1 Waycross, GA (ET) C Dp 6 05P
Montgomery Section
89 Train Number 90
8 35A Dp 945.1 Waycross, GA (ET) C Ar 5 30P
9 08A 971.2 Homerville, GA C 4 31P
9 45A 1005.9 Valdosta, GA C 3 51P
10 05A 1023.0 Quitman, GA C 3 33P
10 55A Ar 1049.3 Thomasville, GA C Dp 3 05P
11 00A Dp Ar 3 00P
11 15A 1063.4 Cairo, GA C 2 35P
11 29A 1077.0 Climax, GA C 2 18P
11 39A 1085.5 Bainbridge, GA C 2 05P
12 02P 1106.3 Donalsonville, GA (ET) C 1 20P
F11 20A 1121.0 Gordon, AL (CT) F11 50A
F11 41A 1129.9 Ashford, AL C F11 31A
12 00P 1140.8 Dothan, AL C 11 20A
12 34P 1168.1 Ozark, AL C 10 44A
1 01P 1191.7 Brundidge, AL C 10 10A
1 22P 1208.4 Troy, AL C 9 48A
F 1 53P 1234.2 Ramer, AL F 9 19A
3 05P Ar 1259.8 Montgomery, AL (CT) C R Dp 8 50A
St. Petersburg Section
91 Continuing Train Number 92
8 00A Dp 945.1 Waycross, GA (Plant Ave.) (ET) C Ar 6 05P
9 45A Ar 1020.3 Jacksonville, FL C R Dp 4 55P
10 05A Dp Ar 4 30P
11 05A 1075.2 Palatka, FL C 3 00P
F11 25A 1096.7 Crescent City, FL C F 2 35P
11 55A 1127.5 De Land, FL C 2 07P
12 20P 1144.6 Sanford, FL C R 1 45P
12 45P 1162.1 Winter Park, FL C R 1 15P
1 00P 1166.9 Orlando, FL C R 1 00P
1 20P 1184.7 Kissimmee, FL C 12 33P
1 45P 1205.7 Haines City, FL C 12 15P
2 30P 1227.3 Lakeland, FL C R 11 45A
F 2 40P 1237.8 Plant City, FL C F11 25A
3 25P 1258.4 Tampa, FL C R 11 05A
4 30P 1296.3 Clearwater, FL C R 9 40A
5 20P Ar 1314.6 St. Petersburg, FL (ET) C R Dp 9 20A
Through Cars New York - Naples
97 Continuing Train Number 98
2 45P Dp 1227 Lakeland, FL C Ar 11 35A
F 3 02P 1229 Bartow, FL C F11 02A
F 3 16P 1240 Fort Meade, FL C F10 50A
F 3 35P 1254 Wauchula, FL C F10 33A
F 4 06P 1278 Arcadia, FL C F10 02A
4 35P 1302 Punta Gorda, FL C R 9 30A
5 20P 1330 Fort Myers, FL C R 8 50A
6 35P Ar 1366 Naples, FL (ET) C R Dp 7 45A
Through Cars New York-Venice
81 Continuing Train Number 82
3 25P Dp 1258 Tampa, FL C R Ar 11 05A
4 45P 1298 Bradenton, FL C R 9 10A
5 10P 1311 Sarasota, FL C R 8 50A
5 45P Ar 1329 Venice, FL (ET) C Dp 8 25A

Train 145-91: 34 stops, 26:10, 50.2 MPHTrain 145-91-89: 36 stops, 24:55, 50.6 MPH

Train 145-91-97: 37 stops, 27:25, 49.8 MPHTrain 145-91-81: 35 stops, 26:35, 50.0 MPH

Train 92-144: 34 stops, 26:00, 50.6 MPHTrain 90-92-144: 36 stops, 25:30, 49.4 MPH

Train 98-92-144: 37 stops, 27:35, 49.5 MPHTrain 82-92-144: 35 stops, 26:55, 49.4 MPH

(Penn Central Notes—None)

(R.F. & P. Notes)

CAR SERVICE INFORMATION—Sleeping, Parlor Car and Through Coach runs.
Coach service on all trains unless otherwise indicated.

Nos. 91 and 92 (Champion)—Sleeping Cars New York and Venice; Naples; St. Petersburg. Reclining-Seat Coaches (seats reserved) New York and Montgomery; Venice; Naples; St. Petersburg. Reclining-Seat Coach Washington and St. Petersburg (seats reserved) - (Operates Friday, Saturday and Sunday only). Budget Room Coach New York and St. Petersburg. Sleeper Bar-Lounge and Tavern-Lounge Cars New York and St. Petersburg. Dining Car New York and St. Petersburg.

(Seaboard Coast Line Notes)

EQUIPMENT—Southbound.

Baggage-Dormitory...New York to St. Petersburg.

Baggage...Waycross to Montgomery.

Lakeland to Naples.

Tampa to Venice.

Budget Room Coach...[BC-11] New York to St. Petersburg—16-Single Budget Rooms. 4-Double Budget Rooms.

Sleepers...[A-180] New York to St. Petersburg—10-Roomettes, 6-Double Bedrooms.

[A-185] New York to Naples—10-Roomettes, 6-Double Bedrooms.

[A-186] New York to St. Petersburg—6-Double Bedrooms, Bar-Lounge.

[A-188] New York to Venice—10-Roomettes, 6-Double Bedrooms.

Coach...[CW-30] New York to St. Petersburg (Reclining, Reserved Seats).

Diner...New York to St. Petersburg.

Tavern-Lounge...New York to St. Petersburg.

Coaches...[CW-31] New York to Venice (Reclining, Reserved Seats).

[CW-32] New York to Naples (Reclining, Reserved Seats).

[CW-41] New York to Jacksonville (Reclining, Reserved Seats). (Operates from New York Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.)

[CW-42] Washington to St. Petersburg (Reclining, Reserved Seats). (Operates from Washington Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.)

[CW-48] New York to Montgomery (Reclining, Reserved Seats).

[Car-E] Waycross to Montgomery (Reclining, Reserved Seats).


EQUIPMENT—Northbound.
Baggage-Dormitory...St. Petersburg to New York.

Baggage...Venice to Tampa.

Naples to Lakeland.

Montgomery to Waycross.

Budget Room Coach...[BC-11] St. Petersburg to New York—16-Single Budget Rooms. 4-Double Budget Rooms.

Sleepers...[A-180] Naples to New York—10-Roomettes, 6-Double Bedrooms.

[A-185] St. Petersburg to New York—10-Roomettes, 6-Double Bedrooms.

[A-186] St. Petersburg to New York—6-Double Bedrooms, Bar-Lounge.

[A-188] Venice to New York—10-Roomettes, 6-Double Bedrooms.

Coach...[CW-30] Venice to New York (Reclining, Reserved Seats).

Diner...St. Petersburg to New York.

Tavern-Lounge...St. Petersburg to New York.

Coaches...[CW-31] St. Petersburg to New York (Reclining, Reserved Seats).

[CW-40] St. Petersburg to Washington (Reclining, Reserved Seats). (Operates from St. Petersburg Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.)

[CW-41] Naples to New York (Reclining, Reserved Seats).

[CW-48] Montgomery to New York (Reclining, Reserved Seats).

[Car-E] Montgomery to Waycross (Reclining, Reserved Seats).


Registered Nurse - Passenger Service Agent - Coach Attendants.

Note—Special service charge of $2.50 is assessed for each seat assigned from and to points north of Washington, to and from points south of Washington. The charge for each seat assigned between other points 50 and $1.00 according to distance travelled.  EXCEPTION - Charge not applicable on intrastate traffic in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.