Auto-Rack Car Carriers first appeared on the railroads
in the late 1950's. They proved to be an economical way to transport new automobiles from the factories to the dealerships.
The early "open platform" design proved to be a problem
with vandals throwing rocks at the cars as they passed by, in additional they had to deal with mother nature and hail storms.
So by the late 1960's all the cars had been encased in
sheet metal, to protect the new cars from damage during transit, the same design you see today.. 40 years later.
Auto-racks are one of the most common type of car
you will see today on the railroads as they take the new vehicles to all four corners of the USA and Canada, and returning empty
to the factories for the next load.
These cars were rarely seen alone, almost
always a group of at least 4 to 6 cars would be seen on a train.
The "Original" Auto-Train from the 1970's took
the cars of the Florida "Sun birds" down to Florida so they could have their vehicles with them while they spent the winter
months in Florida. When Amtrak took over the Auto-Train services in 1983 they applied Amtrak/Auto-Train paint schemes to the
cars. Over the years several other Amtrak Schemes have appears on the Cars, and we offer a variety of 3 different Amtrak/Auto-
Train schemes for you to choose from.
While the makeup of an Auto Train changes with the season,
a typical consist looks like this today:
2 P42's or similar variation of diesel
1 Transition sleeper
1 First class lounge
1 full diner
2 "Table" Diners (Dining Cars without full kitches)
CARS COME WITH EXTREMELY FREE ROLLING METAL WHEELSETS !!
--compare our prices to others that give you plastic wheelsets ! Metal wheelsets alone are worth $6.00 a car !