bernard auto train 4002 and train 1972 03 25 ashland va 01 1000x

The original Auto-Train was a very long train, for a passenger train. You can't model it lightly. With the prototype running around 30 cars in 1973, I figure you'll need two locomotives and 15 cars, with half being auto carriers. Here is my recommendation for a 1973-era Auto-Train:

Place in Consist Road Number Description Model Notes
    U36B Diesel Locomotive  
    U36B Diesel Locomotive  
1   75' Auto Carrier Walthers 
2   75' Auto Carrier Walthers
3   75' Auto Carrier Walthers 
4   75' Auto Carrier Walthers 
5   75' Auto Carrier Walthers 
6   75' Auto Carrier Walthers 
7   75' Auto Carrier Walthers 
8 135 Steam Generator Broadway Limited #1492 Zephyr WP Baggage Car #802 SILVER STAG. 
9 510-series  Full-Dome Coach-Dorm

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

10 520-series  Full-Dome Coach   Walthers #9462 85' Budd Big Dome Bar Lounge - Standard - 1954 El Capitan -- Santa Fe #506-513. 
11 540 or 541  Full-Dome Night Club    Walthers #9462 85' Budd Big Dome Bar Lounge - Standard - 1954 El Capitan -- Santa Fe #506-513.
     OR
Bachmann #541. 
12 590-series Kitchen-Dorm  <scratch build>
13 590-series  Movie-Buffet   <scratch build> 
14 400-series
OR
540-series 

Mini-Dome Coach
OR
Maxi-Dome Night Club  

Broadway Limited #538 SILVER SCOUT, #1496 SILVER THISTLE.​
     OR
Walthers #9600 Union Pacific(R) City Streamliner Car -- Observation-Dome-Lounge #9000-9014.
15 200-series
OR
300-series 
 Sleeper Walthers #9015 85' P-S REGAL Series 4-4-2 Sleeper -- Santa Fe.
     OR
Walthers #9510 Union Pacific City Streamliner Car -- 5-5-2 Ocean Series Sleeper.
15 cars