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The Seaboard Air Line Railroad (reporting mark SAL) was an American railroad whose corporate existence extended from April 14, 1900 until July 1, 1967, when it merged with longtime rival Atlantic Coast Line Railroad to form the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad.
At the end of 1925, SAL operated 3,929 miles of road, not including its flock of subsidiaries; at the end of 1960, it reported 4,135 miles. The main line ran from Richmond via Raleigh, North Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina, and Savannah, Georgia to Jacksonville, Florida. From Jacksonville, SAL continued to Tampa, St. Petersburg, West Palm Beach and Miami. In the days before air travel air line was a common term for the shortest distance between two points: a straight line drawn through the air, ignoring natural obstacles. Hence, a number of 19th century railroads used air line in their titles to suggest that their routes were shorter than those of competing roads.SAL never owned an airplane. In 1940 the railroad proposed the creation of Seaboard Airlines, but this idea was struck down by the Interstate Commerce Commission as violating federal anti-trust legislation.