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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.

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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.

Roster

 

Road Units 

Road # 

S/N 

Built 

Model 

Builder 

Notes 

4000 

38031 

11/71 

U36B 

GE 

Named “Big Red” 

4001 

38032 

11/71 

U36B 

GE 

Wrecked 5/13/73 at Hortense, GA; Scrapped 

4002 

38033 

11/71 

U36B 

GE 

 

4003 

38034 

11/71 

U36B 

GE 

 

4004 

38035 

11/71 

U36B 

GE 

Wrecked 5/13/73 at Hortense, GA; Scrapped 

4005 

38744 

12/72 

U36B 

GE 

 

4006 

38745 

12/72 

U36B 

GE 

 

4007 

38746 

12/72 

U36B 

GE 

 

4008 

38747 

12/72 

U36B 

GE 

 

4009 

38748 

12/72 

U36B 

GE 

 

4010 

39844 

05/74 

U36B 

GE 

 

4011 

39845 

05/74 

U36B 

GE 

 

4012 

39846 

05/74 

U36B 

GE 

 

 

Switcher Units 

Road # 

S/N 

Built 

Model 

Builder 

Notes 

621 

75674 

05/52 

S12 

Baldwin 

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

622 

70291 

12/44 

VO1000 

Baldwin 

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

623 

71542 

11/45 

VO1000 

Baldwin 

Ex-WP 583; Purchased in 1973 

624 

71528 

10/45 

VO1000 

Baldwin 

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

 

Rolling Stock 

Car # 

Present Car Type 

Former Owner 

Former # 

Former Car Type 

Builder 

Built 

Business 

ATSF 

3217 

Parlor-observation; rblt by SAL to business car Birmingham in 1948; renamed Southland in 1953; to SCL in 1967 

PS 

1914 

Business 

 

Edna II 

 

 

 

3-71 

Auto-carriers 

CN 

730000 Series 

 

CC&F 

1956-58 

130 

Steam Generator 

BN; GN 

Steam generator 

GN 

1929 

131 

Steam Generator 

BN; GN 

Baggage; converted by BN in 1943 

ACF 

1913 

132 

Steam Generator 

BN; GN 

Steam generator 

StL 

1928 

133 

Steam Generator 

BN; GN 

Steam generator 

StL 

1928 

134 

Steam Generator 

BN; GN 

Boxcar; converted by GN in 1951 

GN 

1948 

135 

Steam Generator 

WP 

801 

Baggage 

Budd 

1948 

136 

Steam Generator 

ATSF 

3933 

Baggage 

PS 

1965 

137 

Steam Generator 

ATSF 

3932 

Baggage 

PS 

1965 

138 

Steam Generator 

ATSF 

3926 

Baggage 

PS 

1965 

201 

Sleeper 

ATSF 

Regal Arms 

4-4-2 

ACF 

1950 

202 

Sleeper 

ATSF 

Regal Corps 

4-4-2 

ACF 

1950 

203 

Sleeper 

ATSF 

Regal Court 

4-4-2 

ACF 

1950 

204 

Sleeper 

ATSF 

Regal Elm 

4-4-2 

ACF 

1950 

205 

Sleeper 

ATSF 

Regal Gate 

4-4-2 

ACF 

1950 

206 

Sleeper 

ATSF 

Regal Gulf 

4-4-2 

ACF 

1950 

301 

Sleeper 

UP 

Ocean Sands 

5-2-2 

ACF 

1953 

302 

Sleeper 

UP 

Ocean View 

5-2-2 

ACF 

1953 

303 

Sleeper 

UP 

Ocean Mist 

5-2-2 

PS 

1955 

304 

Sleeper 

UP 

Ocean Scene 

5-2-2 

PS 

1955 

305 

Sleeper 

UP 

Ocean Sunset 

5-2-2 

PS 

1955 

N/A 

Sleeper 

L&N 

Whispering Pine 

6-6-4 

PS 

1953 

N/A 

Sleeper 

L&N 

Short Leaf Pine 

6-6-4 

PS 

1953 

N/A 

Sleeper 

L&N 

Green Pine 

6-6-4 

PS 

1953 

460 

Mini-Dome Coach 

WP 

Silver Dollar 

Dome-coach 

Budd 

1948 

461 

Mini-Dome Coach 

WP 

Silver Feather 

Dome-coach 

Budd 

1948 

462 

Mini-Dome Coach 

WP 

Silver Palace 

Dome-coach 

Budd 

1948 

463 

Mini-Dome Coach 

WP 

Silver Sage 

Dome-coach 

Budd 

1948 

464 

Mini-Dome Coach 

WP 

Silver Thistle 

Dome-coach 

Budd 

1948 

470 

Mini-Dome Coach 

WP 

Silver Schooner 

Dome-coach 

Budd 

1948 

471 

Mini-Dome Coach 

WP 

Silver Scout 

Dome-coach 

Budd 

1948 

510 

Full-Dome Coach-Dorm 

ATSF 

554 

Dome-lounge-dorm 

Budd 

1954 

511 

Full-Dome Coach-Dorm 

ATSF 

555 

Dome-lounge-dorm 

Budd 

1954 

512 

Full-Dome Coach-Dorm 

ATSF 

550 

Dome-lounge-dorm 

Budd 

1954 

513 

Full-Dome Coach-Dorm 

ATSF 

551 

Dome-lounge-dorm 

Budd 

1954 

514 

Full-Dome Coach-Dorm 

ATSF 

552 

Dome-lounge-dorm 

Budd 

1954

515 

Full-Dome Coach-Dorm 

 ATSF 

553 

Dome-lounge-dorm 

Budd 

1954 

520 

Full-Dome Coach 

ATSF 

508 

Dome-lounge 

Budd 

1954 

521 

Full-Dome Coach 

ATSF 

509 

Dome-lounge 

Budd 

1954 

522 

Full-Dome Coach 

ATSF 

510 

Dome-lounge 

Budd 

1954 

523 

Full-Dome Coach 

ATSF 

511 

Dome-lounge 

Budd 

1954 

524 

Full-Dome Coach 

ATSF 

513 

Dome-lounge 

Budd 

1954 

540 

Full-Dome Night Club 

ATSF 

507 

Dome-lounge 

Budd 

1954 

541 

Full-Dome Night Club 

ATSF 

512 

Dome-lounge 

Budd 

1954 

542 

Maxi-Dome Night Club 

UP 

9007 

Dome-buffet-lounge-observation 

ACF 

1955 

543 

Maxi-Dome Night Club 

UP 

9011 

Dome-buffet-lounge-observation 

ACF 

1955 

570 

Buffet 

N&W; Wabash 

1837; 1430 

Coach 

ACF 

1950 

572 

Buffet 

N&W; Wabash 

1835; 1428 

Coach 

ACF 

1950 

574 

Buffet 

N&W; Wabash 

1836; 1429 

Coach 

ACF 

1950 

576 

Buffet 

N&W; Wabash 

1834; 1427 

Coach 

ACF 

1950 

580 

Buffet 

WP 

Silver Palm 

16-section sleeper; coach 

Budd 

1948 

582 

Buffet 

WP 

Silver Poplar 

16-section sleeper; coach 

Budd 

1948 

590 

Movie-Buffet 

SCL 

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

Diner 

Budd 

1948 

591 

Kitchen-Dorm 

SCL 

5991; ex-ACL 127; ex-C&O 1941 

Kitchen-dorm 

Budd 

1948 

592 

Movie-Buffet 

SCL 

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

Diner 

Budd 

1948 

593 

Kitchen-Dorm 

SCL 

5993; ex-ACL 128; ex-C&O 1940 

Kitchen-dorm 

Budd 

1948 

594 

Movie-Buffet 

SCL 

5994; ex-ACL Fort Myers; ex-C&O 1972 

Diner 

Budd 

1948 

595 

Kitchen-Dorm 

SCL 

5995; ex-ACL 129; ex-C&O 1942 

Kitchen-dorm 

Budd 

1948 

596 

Movie-Buffet 

SCL 

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

Diner 

PS 

1950 

597 

Kitchen-Dorm 

SCL 

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

Kitchen-dorm 

PS 

1950 

598 

Movie-Buffet 

SCL 

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

Diner 

PS 

1950 

599 

Kitchen-Dorm 

SCL 

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

Kitchen-dorm 

PS 

1950 

602 

Sleeper 

SCL; SAL 

Bay Pines 

4-4-5-1 

Budd 

1955 

604 

Sleeper 

SCL; SAL 

Cedartown 

4-4-5-1 

Budd 

1955 

606 

Sleeper 

SCL; SAL 

Pinehurst 

4-4-5-1 

Budd 

1955 

700 

Maxi-Dome Night Club 

UP 

7000 

Dome-coach 

ACF 

1955 

701 

Maxi-Dome Night Club 

UP 

7001 

Dome-coach 

ACF 

1955 

702 

Maxi-Dome Night Club 

UP 

7002 

Dome-coach 

ACF 

1955 

703 

Maxi-Dome Night Club 

UP 

7003 

Dome-coach 

ACF 

1955 

704 

Maxi-Dome Night Club 

UP 

7005 

Dome-coach 

ACF 

1955 

705 

Maxi-Dome Night Club 

UP 

7007 

Dome-coach 

ACF 

1955 

706 

Maxi-Dome Night Club 

UP 

7009 

Dome-coach 

ACF 

1955 

707 

Maxi-Dome Night Club 

UP 

7011 

Dome-coach 

PS 

1958 

708 

Maxi-Dome Night Club 

UP 

7012 

Dome-coach 

PS 

1958 

709 

Maxi-Dome Night Club 

UP 

7015 

Dome-coach 

PS 

1958 

800 

Maxi-Dome Night Club 

UP 

8000 

Dome-diner 

ACF 

1955 

801 

Maxi-Dome Night Club 

UP 

8001 

Dome-diner 

ACF 

1955 

802 

Maxi-Dome Night Club 

UP 

8002 

Dome-diner 

ACF 

1955 

803 

Maxi-Dome Night Club 

UP 

8004 

Dome-diner 

ACF 

1955 

804 

Maxi-Dome Night Club 

UP 

8005 

Dome-diner 

ACF 

1955 

805 

Maxi-Dome Night Club 

UP 

8006 

Dome-diner 

ACF 

1955 

806 

Maxi-Dome Night Club 

UP 

8007 

Dome-diner 

ACF 

1955 

807 

Maxi-Dome Night Club 

UP 

8008 

Dome-diner 

ACF 

1955 

808 

Maxi-Dome Night Club 

UP 

8009 

Dome-diner 

ACF 

1955 

900 

Maxi-Dome Night Club 

UP 

9000 

Dome-buffet-lounge-observation 

ACF 

1955 

901 

Maxi-Dome Night Club 

UP 

9001 

Dome-buffet-lounge-observation 

ACF 

1955 

902 

Maxi-Dome Night Club 

UP 

9002 

Dome-buffet-lounge-observation 

ACF 

1955 

903 

Maxi-Dome Night Club 

UP 

9003 

Dome-buffet-lounge-observation 

ACF 

1955 

904 

Maxi-Dome Night Club 

UP 

9005 

Dome-buffet-lounge-observation 

ACF 

1955 

905 

Maxi-Dome Night Club 

UP 

9006 

Dome-buffet-lounge-observation 

ACF 

1955 

907 

Maxi-Dome Night Club 

UP 

9008 

Dome-buffet-lounge-observation 

ACF 

1955 

908 

Maxi-Dome Night Club 

UP 

9009 

Dome-buffet-lounge-observation 

ACF 

1955 

909 

Maxi-Dome Night Club 

UP 

9010 

Dome-buffet-lounge-observation 

ACF 

1955 

911 

Maxi-Dome Night Club 

UP 

9012 

Dome-buffet-lounge-observation 

ACF 

1955 

912 

Maxi-Dome Night Club 

UP 

9013 

Dome-buffet-lounge-observation 

ACF 

1955 

913 

Maxi-Dome Night Club 

UP 

9014 

Dome-buffet-lounge-observation 

ACF 

1955 

 

Available Models

Road #

Role

Prototype

Model

4000-4016

Locomotive

GE U36B

Atlas #4000, 4006, 4010, 4012.

Bachmann #4000.

Athearn #4000.

135

Heater Car

Budd in 1948 as Western Pacific baggage-express 801 SILVER BEAVER 

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

201-206

Sleeper

ACF in 1950 as ATSF REGAL ARMS / CORPS / COURT / ELM / GATE / GULF, a 4-4-2 sleeper. 

Walthers #9015 85' P-S REGAL Series 4-4-2 Sleeper - Lighted - Ready To Run -- Santa Fe.

301-305

Sleeper

ACF in 1954 as UP 1301 OCEAN SANDS / VIEW / MIST / SCENE / SUNSET, a 5-2-2 sleeper

Walthers #9510 Union Pacific(R) City Streamliner Cars Ready to Run -- 5-5-2 Ocean Series Sleeper P-S Plan #4200.

460-464, 470-471

Dome Coach

Budd in 1948 as WP 811 SILVER DOLLAR / FEATHER / PALACE / SAGE / THISTLE / SCHOONER / SCOUT.

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

510-515

Full Dome Coach Dorm

Budd in 1954 as ATSF 554 / 555 / 550 / 551 / 552 / 553.

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

520-524

Full Dome Lounge

Budd in 1954 as ATSF 508 / 509 / 510 / 511 / 513.

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

540-541

Full Dome Night Club

Budd in 1954 as ATSF 507 / 512.

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

Bachmann #541.

542-543

Dome Night Club

ACF in 1955 as UP 9007 / 9011.

Walthers #9600 Union Pacific(R) City Streamliner Cars Ready to Run -- Observation-Dome-Lounge #9000-9014 ACF Lot #4096.

580, 582

Buffet Dining

Budd in October 1948 as Western Pacific 871 SILVER PALM / 872 POPLAR, a 16 section sleeper later converted to a coach.

Broadway Limited #152 #872 SILVER POPLAR.

590-598 even

Movie Buffet

Budd in 1948 as C&O 1971 / 1970 / 1972 / 1977 / 1978.

 

591-599 odd

Kitchen Dorm

Budd in 1948 as C&O 1941 / 1940 / 1942 / 1954 / 1955.

 

700-709

Dome Coach

ACF in 1955 as UP 7000 / 7001 / 7002 / 7003 / 7005 / 7009 / 7011 / 7012 / 7015.

Walthers #9580 Union Pacific(R) City Streamliner Cars Ready to Run -- Dome-Coach #7000-7009 ACF Lot #4097.

800

Dome Coach

ACF in 1955 as UP 8000.

Walthers #9590 Union Pacific(R) City Streamliner Cars Ready to Run -- Dome-Diner #8000-8009 ACF Lot #4098.

801-808

Dome Diner

ACF in 1955 as UP 8001 / 8002 / 8005 / 8006 / 8007 / 8008  /8009.

Walthers #9590 Union Pacific(R) City Streamliner Cars Ready to Run -- Dome-Diner #8000-8009 ACF Lot #4098.

900-913

Dome Coach

ACF in 1955 as UP 9000 / 9001 / 9002 / 9003 / 9005 / 9006 / 9007 / 9008 / 9009 / 9010 / 9011 / 9012 / 9013 / 9014.

Walthers #9600 Union Pacific(R) City Streamliner Cars Ready to Run -- Observation-Dome-Lounge #9000-9014 ACF Lot #4096.

1-71

Auto Carrier

Bi-level auto rack car. Ex CN 7300xx.

Bachmann #none.

Walthers (three numbers) #33.