The caption to this photo from David R. Sweetland’s Wabash in Color says this is the KC-Florida Special leaving KC, but I think it’s arriving. At least according to my May 1964 Official Guide and my November 1960 Frisco schedule, the KC-Florida Special left KC at elevenish at night. This photo was taken on Feb. 17, 1963, according to the caption.
At its height the KC-Florida Special carried through sleepers from KC to Miami, although most of the train terminated at Jacksonville. A Frisco lounge and diner ran from KC to Birmingham. The train was never streamlined, although it carried some streamlined cars.
Today’s Amtrak Crescent follows the route of the KC-Florida Special from Birmingham to Atlanta. During the Special’s life, the other important train on Southern’s track between Birmingham and Atlanta was the Southerner. The Crescent at that time used L&N’s route in and out of New Orleans, and used Southern only between Atlanta and Washington, DC.