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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.

 

 

Video

 Dave Edwards video, below, includes footage of vintage Auto Train equipment.

Roster

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” 

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

Bachmann #4000.

Athearn #4000.

4001 

38032 

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

4002 

38033 

4003 

38034 

4004 

38035 

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

4005 

38744 

12/72 

4006 

38745 

4007 

38746 

4008 

38747 

4009 

38748 

4010 

39844 

05/74 

4011 

39845 

4012 

39846 

 

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” 

 

Rolling Stock 

Car # 

Present Car Type 

Former Owner 

Former # 

Former Car Type 

Builder 

Built 

HO Model

Business

ATSF 

3217 

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

PS 

1914 

 

Edna II 

 

3-71 

Auto-carriers 

CN 

730000 Series 

CC&F 

1956-58 

Bachmann (un-numbered).

Walthers (three numbers) #33.

130 

Steam Generator 

BN; GN

Steam generator 

GN 

1929 

 

131 

Baggage; converted by BN in 1943 

ACF 

1913 

 

132 

Steam generator 

StL 

1928 

 

133 

Steam generator 

StL 

1928 

 

134 

Boxcar; converted by GN in 1951 

GN 

1948 

 

135 

WP 

801 SILVER BEAVER 

 

Baggage 

Budd 

1948 

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

136 

ATSF

3933 

Baggage 

PS 

1965

 

137 

3932 

 

138 

3926 

 

201 

Sleeper

ATSF

Regal Arms 

4-4-2

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 

301 

UP

Ocean Sands 

5-2-2

ACF

1953

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

302 

Ocean View 

303 

Ocean Mist 

PS

1955

304 

Ocean Scene 

305 

Ocean Sunset 

N/A 

L&N 

Whispering Pine 

6-6-4 

PS

1953

   

N/A 

Short Leaf Pine 

N/A 

Green Pine 

460 

Mini-Dome Coach

WP

Silver Dollar 

Dome-coach 

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 

Full-Dome Coach-Dorm

ATSF

554 

Dome-lounge-dorm 

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 

Full-Dome Coach 

ATSF 

508 

Dome-lounge 

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 

Full-Dome Night Club 

ATSF

507 

Dome-lounge 

Budd 

1954 

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

Bachmann #541.

541 

512 

542 

Maxi-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; Wabash 

1837; 1430 

Coach 

ACF 

1950 

    

572 

1835; 1428 

574 

1836; 1429 

576 

1834; 1427 

580 

WP 

Silver Palm 

16-section sleeper; coach

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 

598 

Movie-Buffet 

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

Diner 

599 

Kitchen-Dorm 

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

Kitchen-dorm 

602 

Sleeper 

SCL; SAL

Bay Pines 

4-4-5-1

Budd 

1955

   

604 

Cedartown 

606 

Pinehurst 

700 

Maxi-Dome Night Club

UP

7000 

Dome-coach 

ACF 

1955

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

701 

7001 

702 

7002 

703 

7003 

704 

7005 

705 

7007 

706 

7009 

707 

7011 

PS 

1958 

708 

7012 

709 

7015 

800 

8000 

Dome-diner 

ACF 

1955

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 

9000 

Dome-buffet-lounge-observation 

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 

 

Auto Train at Fredericksburg circa 1978

1920px Autotrain Lorton Riding Amtrak ca. 1978 8986219613

 

Consists

Train #3, southbound, April 4, 1974

U36B diesel locomotive (2)

4006, 4007

75' auto carriers (21)

 

85' full dome coach-dorm

511

85' full dome coach

522

85' full dome coach-dorm

512

buffet-movie

596

kitchen-dormintory

595

buffet-movie

598

full dome nightclub

541

85' full dome coach

520

maxi dome (short) coach

706

maxi dome (short) coach

700

mini dome (short) coach

470

mini dome (short) coach

462

smooth side 5-2-2 sleeper

304

smooth side 4-4-2 sleeper

201

smooth side 4-4-2 sleeper

202

corrug 4-4-2 sleeper

206

steam generator car

137

steam generator car

132

caboose (extended vision)