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Although most Americans have heard of the Auto Train, many have uncertain ideas regarding what it is and where it operates. The qlongest passenger train in the worldq 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. Images of Rail: Auto-Train presents photographs from the early operations to today, including pictures from the Amtrak era.The last of 19 passenger cars and 17 auto carriers has threaded the track switch at Lorton, Virginia. ... With the throttle still open wide, Hayhurst moves the red train brake handle; hissing air escapes. ... But Auto Train is a hybrid, so the brakes on the passenger equipment assigned to it are adjusted to apply and release gradually, like freight-car brakes. ... Most are former Seaboard Coast Line aquot;hogheadsaquot; who originated Amtraka#39;s seniority list when Auto Train service began in 1983.

Author:Wally Ely
Publisher:Arcadia Publishing - 2009


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