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Route Proposal: The Auto Train

Discussion in 'Route Suggestions & Proposals' started by Blacknred81, Nov 2, 2019.

  1. Blacknred81

    Blacknred81 Well-Known Member

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    So, one of the more unique passenger trains on the east coast is the Auto Train, running from Lorton, Virginia to Sanford, Florida, with a short lived service between Louisville Kentucky and Sanford. However the Auto-Train Corporation went bankrupt and the service was cut in April 1981.

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    However, Amtrak has since restored the service in October 1983, and is still in service to this day.
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    The route for this unique train could be situated around either station, and could involved scenarios arriving/departing either station, as well as assembling the train for departure. The Sanford Station would be a little different than the Lorton Station, as its platforms are too short to fit the full Amtrak consist, and the passenger cars are split to 2 platforms. A railroad crossing also complicates Sanford's operations.

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    Sanford Station
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    Rolling Stock

    Auto Train rolling stock
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    Baldwin's S-12, VO-1000 or ALCO's S-2
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    Autorack
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    Steam Generator cars
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    Various Passenger Equipment (Baggage,Food Service,Sleeper,Dome)
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    Amtrak Rolling Stock
    GE P40s or P42s & Superliner's
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    Auto rack
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    GE B32-8WH, or SW1000R
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  2. Average_Joe57

    Average_Joe57 Member

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    This would be a nice addition to Train Sim! Would give us a route to run the various Northeast Regionals that run in Virginia if the route were to be set around Lorton.
     
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  3. TommyPicklesfan1992

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    Yeah. After Watching Coasterfan2105's Video of The Auto Train, This will be prefect addon for Train Simulator.
     
  4. Random Railfan

    Random Railfan Well-Known Member

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    This would be excellent to see. I'd much rather have the route based out of Lorton instead of Sanford since Florida is very flat and boring, and I wouldn't want this to be boring like Miami-WPB.
     
  5. jpmackay

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    I think that there was a repaint of Amtrak Autoracks at Facebook but now can't find and am sure there was one there before. Found one at Railworks America to download. I do have mine through RWA.

    John
     
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  6. jedi247

    jedi247 Well-Known Member

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    I'd definitely like either the original Auto Train or the Amtrak version.
     
  7. 777Gaming

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    I would love this, Amtrak or original AutoTrain Corp. I think AutoTrain Corp would be cooler though, as we would get a use out of the SCL U36B in the game, as ATC owned some (as you stated). Also a new Florida or Virginia route would be nice.
     
  8. TommyPicklesfan1992

    TommyPicklesfan1992 Member

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    Why Not Both?
     
  9. Blacknred81

    Blacknred81 Well-Known Member

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    I say both could work if one was included in the route, and the other was added as a loco pack, or make 2 routes around each station with one dedicated to the Auto Train and one to Amtrak.
     

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