P2303 July 31, 6:00 AM – 12:00 AM Price: $60 Limited to 24 people
P2305 July 31, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM Price: $60 Limited to 24 people
Auto-Train Corporation's service began operations on December 6, 1971. The Auto-Train was immediately popular with the traveling public and at first enjoyed financial success as well. In FY 1974 the company earned a profit of $1.6 million on revenues of $20 million.
In May 1974 service began over a second route between Florida and Louisville, Kentucky, and the company was mulling additional service between Chicago and Denver. The Louisville extension proved to be the company's undoing. The decaying Louisville and Nashville Railroad track between Louisville and Florida (which also hampered Amtrak's Floridian) hindered operations, and a pair of derailments stretched the company's finances to the breaking point. Service ceased in April 1981. It would be 22 months before Amtrak would revive the service.
The current Auto Train operated by Amtrak operates on the same routes using the same stations. It is scheduled train service for passengers and their automobiles between Lorton, Virginia (near Washington, D.C.), and Sanford, Florida (near Orlando). The Auto Train is the only north–south Amtrak train in the east that uses Superliner cars. The Auto Train service allows its passengers to avoid driving Interstate 95 in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, while bringing their own vehicle with them. The Auto Train has the highest revenue of any long-distance train in the Amtrak system.
Come and get a sneak peek at the longest passenger train in the world, Amtrak's AutoTrain. On this tour, you'll discover how Amtrak's AutoTrain moves people and their vehicles, every day of the year between Lorton, VA and Sanford, FL. You get a private tour of the train yard and station facilities, see the auto ramps where they load & unload passenger’s vehicles and discover why this train is an important part of Amtrak’s fleet.