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10-27-2004, 10:34 PM
What's the difference between Family Lines and Seaboard System? I've mostly an NS/CR guy so I apoligize for the dumb question :oops: :oops:

10-27-2004, 10:54 PM

Some corporate history can be found here. Not a whole lot, other than the fact that the Seaboard System wasn't around long before becoming part of CSX. I've wondered myself why they bothered with the FL/SS name change when they obviously had CSX in mind ahead of time. ???

10-27-2004, 11:34 PM
CSX Co. was created as a holding company in 1980 for Chessie System and Seaboard Coast Line. Seaboard System came into play when SCL and L&N (also a couple other railroads) merged in the early 80's. Then on July 1st, 1986 (CSX considers this their birthday) Seaboard System changed its name to CSX Transportation. CSX's first paint scheme dates back to 1977.

10-27-2004, 11:52 PM
Here's a better explanation:

10-28-2004, 12:08 AM
If I'm not mistaken, the difference between the Family Lines and Seaboard System is the addition of the Clinchfield RR in the latter. The Clinchfield was jointly owned by ACL (and later SCL) and L&N. SCL also owned the majority of L&N's stock, and L&N pretty much lost its identity with the creation of the Family Lines in the 70's. I believe it was in the early 80's when Clinchfield also lost it's identity after being merged into what was called the Seaboard System, and now CSX.