The two services follow the same general path between New York City and Miami, but diverge between Rocky Mount, North Carolina, and Savannah, Georgia. The Silver Meteor takes a more direct coastal route through Fayetteville, North Carolina and Florence and Charleston, South Carolina, while the Silver Star detours inland to serve the Carolinas' two state capitals, Raleigh, North Carolina and Columbia, South Carolina. The Silver Star also makes a detour to service Tampa, Florida.
The two trains were inherited from Seaboard Coast Line Railroad when Amtrak took over most intercity rail service in 1971.
Until 1985, the Silver Star made its inland turn at Richmond, Virginia. However, with CSX, corporate successor of Seaboard Coast Line, abandoning this track in 1985, the Silver Star was rerouted to pass through Rocky Mount en route to Raleigh.
Between 1996 and 2002 Amtrak operated a third New York–Miami train under this brand named the Silver Palm.
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