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Nope, no Pennsy content here! I've always been a closet Auto Train fan, ever since it was first featured in Model Railroader in December 1972 and January 1973. I had the privilege of riding the train later in 1973.

Auto-Train Corporation (reporting mark AUT) was a privately owned railroad which used its own rolling stock, and traveled on rails leased from major railroads along the route of its trains, serving central Florida from points in the Mid-Atlantic region near Washington, DC, and the Midwest near Louisville, Kentucky, during the 1970s. Despite the popularity of the service on its primary route, which parallels busy Interstate 95 along much of the eastern coast of the United States in five states, the company failed financially after operating for almost 10 years. After a hiatus, a similarly named and operated service (Auto Train) was begun under the government-financed Amtrak in 1983, which became one of the railroad's most popular services.

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by Doug Riddell

Published in 2016 by Doug Riddell with the underwriting of the Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac Railroad Historical Society, auto-train is the definitive work on the auto-train Corp. story to date.

At 218 pages, the book is filled with tales of the auto-train, from its first days to its last -- all lavishly illustrated with hundreds of color photos.

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by George W. Hamlin

Auto-Train In Color includes both the earlier red, white, & purple private-enterprise version commencing in the early 1970s as well as the more recent Amtrak operation. The equipment, facilities, and operations of both are featured, both trackside and onboard as they carry passengers and their automobiles between Virginia and Florida.

 

 

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The December 1974 issue of Model Railroadermagazine kicked off a two-part article on modeling the Auto-Train.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 There is an Auto-Train Modelers group on FaceBook.

Auto Train at Fredericksburg circa 1978

1920px Autotrain Lorton Riding Amtrak ca. 1978 8986219613

  

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Auto-Train in HO Scale

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The HO scale models listed below and marked with an asterisk will require custom painting and lettering.

Road Units

Road # 

S/N 

Built 

Model 

Builder 

Notes 

 HO Model

4000 

38031 

11/71 

U36B

GE

Named “Big Red”. Scrapped circa 1984-85.

Atlas #4000, 4002, 4005, 4006, 4009, 4010, 4012.

Bachmann #4000.

Athearn #4000.

4001 

38032 

Wrecked 5/13/73 at Hortense, GA; scrapped.

4002 

38033 

Scrapped circa 1984-85.

4003 

38034 

Scrapped circa 1984-85. 

4004 

38035 

Wrecked 5/13/73 at Hortense, GA; scrapped. 

4005 

38744 

12/72 

Scrapped circa 1984-85. 

4006 

38745 

Scrapped circa 1984-85. 

4007 

38746 

Scrapped circa 1984-85. 

4008 

38747 

Involved in grade crossing accident and scrapped. 

4009 

38748 

"Smiley Face and Bow Tie" unit. Scrapped circa 1984-85. 

4010 

39844 

05/74 

Scrapped circa 1984-85. 

4011 

39845 

Scrapped circa 1984-85. 

4012 

39846 

Scrapped circa 1984-85. 

 

Switcher Units 

Road # 

S/N 

Built 

Model 

Builder 

Notes 

HO Model

621 

75674 

05/52 

S12 

Baldwin 

Ex-Erie 621; Purchased 1972; Named “Gene”. 

Bowser *

622 

70291 

12/44 

VO1000 

Ex-US Navy 65-00059; Purchased 1973; Named “Pam”.

Bowser *

Broadway Limited *

623 

71542 

11/45 

Ex-WP 583; Purchased in 1973.

624 

71528 

10/45 

Ex-WP 581; Purchased in 1973; Named “Lou”.

625 74661   S12 Ex-SAL #1427. Bowser *

 

Rolling Stock 

Car # 

Present Car Type 

Former Owner 

Former # 

Former Car Type 

Builder 

Built 

HO Model

Business

SCL 

Southland

Built for the Santa Fe as a parlor observation #3217. Purchased by SAL in 1948 and rebuilt as business car Birmingham. Name changed to Southwind in 1953. The only true heavyweight to run on A-T.

PS 

1914 

 

SP 

9012 Edna II 

Converted to a business car by the Pickens Railroad and owned by comedian Jackie Gleason. It's life on A-T was short-lived.

Budd 

1950 

 

3-71 

74'5" Bi-Level Automobile Carriers

CN 

730000 Series 

A-T #3, 6 and 12 were converted into cabooses for the St. Louis route.

CC&F 

1956-58 

Bachmann (un-numbered).

Walthers (three numbers) #33.
90 Caboose FEC 801 40' box car converted to a caboose by the FEC.        
91 804
92 808
93 810
94 811
100-140 Tri-Level Automobile Carriers       SEICO 1974-77  

130 

Steam Generator 

BN

H-01 

Rebuilt from NP Class A 4-8-4 Northern tender H1.

GN 

1929 

 

131 

H-02 

Rebuilt from NP Class A 4-8-4 Northern tender H2.

ACF 

1913 

 

132 

H-03 

Baggage car.

StL 

1928 

 

133 

H-04 

Rebuilt from NP Class A 4-8-4 Northern tender H4.

StL 

1928 

 

134 

H-09 

Box Express car.

GN 

1948 

 

135 

WP 

801 SILVER BEAVER 

 

Baggage 

Budd 

1948 

Broadway Limited #1492 Zephyr WP Baggage Car #802 SILVER STAG. *

136 

ATSF

3933 

Converted to steam generator cars by the Santa Fe in 1970.

PS 

1965

   

137 

3932 

138 

3926 

139 Amtrak 458 Ex-UP #956B EMD E9B. EMD    
140 460 Ex-UP #958B EMD E9B.    
190-196 Single-Level Automobile Carriers RF&P     ACF 1937  

201 

Sleeper

ATSF

Regal Arms 

4-4-2

At least some of these cars retained their ATSF livery until January 1974 - MSB p. 47.

ACF

1950

Walthers #9015 85' P-S REGAL Series 4-4-2 Sleeper -- Santa Fe.*  

202 

Regal Corps 

203 

Regal Court 

204 

Regal Elm 

205 

Regal Gate 

206 

Regal Gulf 

240 NH Monument Beach

6-6-4

May have been used as a crew dormitory - MSB, p. 21.

     
248 RF&P King and Queen 10-6      
Unknown B&O Alleghany MSB p. 23.      
250 Amtrak 2240; ex-SCL Monticello; ex-C&O

11DB

Riddell p. 199.

PS 1950   
251

Amtrak

2803 Valusia County; ex-SCL 6657 Valusia County; ex-ACL Volusia County; ex-C&O 2618 City of Anerson

10-6

Riddell p. 199.

PS 1950  
252

Amtrak

2301 Honey Bird; ex-SCL 6201 Honey Bird; ex-ACL Ashley RIver

14-2 rebuilt by ACL in 1961 to a 7-2 configuration. ACF    
253 Amtrak 2241; ex-SCL Natural Bridge; ex-C&O

11DB

Riddell p. 199.

     

301 

UP

Ocean Sands 

5-2-2

At least some of these cars retained their UP livery until January 1974 - MSB p. 47.

ACF

1953-54

Walthers #9510 Union Pacific City Streamliner Car -- 5-5-2 Ocean Series Sleeper.*

302 

Ocean View 

303 

Ocean Mist 

PS

1955-56

304 

Ocean Scene 

305 

Ocean Sunset 

N/A 

L&N 

Whispering Pine 

6-6-4 

These cars were never painted into A-T livery and were used as rider cars for deadheading crews.

PS

1953

   

N/A 

Short Leaf Pine 

N/A 

Green Pine 

460 

Dome Coach

WP

Silver Dollar 

46 seat [short] dome coach reconfigured to have 12 non-revenue rotating lounge seats in place of the 24 forward-facing paired dome seats while lower level coach seats were reduced to 36.

Budd

1948 

Broadway Limited #538 SILVER SCOUT, #1496 SILVER THISTLE.​ *

461 

Silver Feather 

462 

Silver Palace 

463 

Silver Sage 

464 

Silver Thistle 

470 

Silver Schooner 

471 

Silver Scout 

510 

"Big Dome" Coach-Dorm

ATSF

554 

51 seats. 12 beths lower level - crew dormitory and small lounge.

Budd

1954

Walthers #9324 85' Budd Big Dome Bar Lounge Dorm - Standard - San Francisco Chief -- Santa Fe #550-555.*

511 

555 

512 

550 

513 

551 

514 

552 

515 

553 

520 

"Big Dome" Coach 

ATSF 

508 

51 seats. 12 beths lower level - lounge and nurse's room.

Budd 

1954

Walthers #9462 85' Budd Big Dome Bar Lounge - Standard - 1954 El Capitan -- Santa Fe #506-513.*

521 

509 

522 

510 

523 

511 

524 

513 

540 

"Big Dome" Night Club 

ATSF

507 

44 seat night club. 28 seat lower level bar lounge and nurse's room.

Budd 

1954 

Walthers #9462 85' Budd Big Dome Bar Lounge - Standard - 1954 El Capitan -- Santa Fe #506-513.*

Bachmann #541.

541

512

542 

Astra-Dome Night Club

UP 

9007 

Dome-buffet-lounge-observation 

ACF 

1955 

Walthers #9600 Union Pacific(R) City Streamliner Car -- Observation-Dome-Lounge #9000-9014.*

543 

9011 

570 

Buffet 

N&W

1837; ex-Wabash1430 

Coach 

Riddell indicates there is no evidence that 572, 574 and 576 were ever actually used in A-T service.

ACF 

1950 

    

572 

1835; ex-Wabash1428 

574 

1836; ex-Wabash1429 

576 

1834; ex-Wabash 1427 

580 

WP 

Silver Palm 

16-section sleepers converted to 48 seat coaches in 1963-64 - Riddell p. 193.

Budd 

1948

Broadway Limited #152 #872 SILVER POPLAR.*

582 

Silver Poplar 

590 

Movie-Buffet 

SCL 

5990; ex-ACL St. Petersburg; ex-C&O 1971 

Diner 

Budd

1948

          

591 

Kitchen-Dorm 

5991; ex-ACL 127; ex-C&O 1941 

Kitchen-dorm 

592 

Movie-Buffet 

5992; ex-ACL Winter Haven; ex-C&O 1970 

Diner 

593 

Kitchen-Dorm 

5993; ex-ACL 128; ex-C&O 1940 

Kitchen-dorm 

594 

Movie-Buffet 

5994; ex-ACL Fort Myers; ex-C&O 1972 

Diner 

595 

Kitchen-Dorm 

5995; ex-ACL 129; ex-C&O 1942 

Kitchen-dorm 

596 

Movie-Buffet 

5996; ex-ACL Port Tampa; ex-C&O Swan Tavern 

Diner 

PS 

1950 

 

597 

Kitchen-Dorm 

5997; ex-ACL 125; ex-C&O Swan Kitchen 

Kitchen-dorm 

Walthers #9407 et al --  85' P-S Kitchen-Dormitory.*

598 

Movie-Buffet 

5998; ex-ACL Winter Park; ex-C&O Postlethwait’s Tavern 

Diner 

Walthers #9416 et al --  85' P-S 56-Seat Full Dining Car.*

599 

Kitchen-Dorm 

5999; ex-ACL 126; ex-C&O Postlethwait’s Kitchen 

Kitchen-dorm 

 

602 

Rider Car 

SCL

Bay Pines; ex-SAL

5-1-4-4 rebuilt by A-T into a 7-3-1 configuration.

Budd 

1955

Rapido -- Budd Manor Sleeper.*

604 

Cedartown; ex-SAL

606 

Pinehurst; ex-SAL

630 Crew Dormitory RF&P 403 Spotsylvania County   PS 1949  
631 404 Stratford County
632 406 King William
633 409 King & Queen
634 Byrd Island

700 

Astra-Dome Coaches

UP

7001

Seats for 20 in the dome and 36 on the main level.

ACF 

1954-55

Walthers #9580 Union Pacific City Streamliner Car -- Dome-Coach #7000-7009.*

701

7002

702

7003

703 

7004

704 

7005 

705 

7007 

706 

7009 

707 

7011 

PS 

1958 

 

708 

7012 

709 

7015 

800 

Astra-Dome Dining Cars

8000 

 

ACF 

1954-55

Walthers #9590 Union Pacific City Streamliner Car -- Dome-Diner #8000-8009.*

801 

8001 

802 

8002 

803 

8004 

804 

8005 

805 

8006 

806 

8007 

807 

8008 

808 

8009 

900 

Astra-Dome Lounge Observation

9000 

Seats for 20 in the dome and 24 on the main level. ACF 1954-55 Walthers #9600 Union Pacific City Streamliner Car -- Observation-Dome-Lounge #9000-9014.*

901 

9001 

902 

9002 

903 

9003 

904 

9005 

905 

9006 

907 

9008 

908 

9009 

909 

9010 

911 

9012 

912 

9013 

913 

9014