New from Arcadia Publishing’s Images of Rail series is Auto-Train. In over 200 vintage photographs, Wally Ely shares the history of the Auto-Train. Although most Americans have heard of the Auto-Train, many have uncertain ideas regarding what it is and where it operates.
The “longest passenger train in the world” provides a luxury auto-ferry service between Lorton, Virginia, and Sanford, Florida. The original Auto-Train Corporation, founded by Dr. Eugene Garfield, struggled financially in spite of its immense popularity. The company faced numerous crises, including financial setbacks and equipment problems due to damages that occurred during several derailments, which led to the corporation’s demise in 1981.
Although the corporation sold off its corporate assets, the concept was revived when Amtrak added the Auto Train service to its East Coast schedule.
The author hopes Auto-Train will “help spread a positive attitude toward this luxury train service, and help continue its popularity and ultimately its durability.”
Highlights of Auto-Train:
• Presents photographs from the early operations to today, including pictures from the Amtrak era.
• Includes images of the train, its equipment and passengers.
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