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The Auto Train - A Unique Way to Travel to Florida

Old-Style of Travel Gains New Appreciation

By Karen Rubin

From Long Island Eclectic Traveler Examiner, February 14, 2010

The double-decker Auto Train cars are awesome, forming the largest passenger train in the world.


The idea of long-distance train travel invariably evokes a sense of romance and nostalgia for the golden years when trains were the high-tech way to travel.

That spirit is still alive here in the United States in perhaps the most unexpected of places: Amtrak's AutoTrain, which travels nearly 900 miles between Lorton, Virginia (about 45 minutes outside of Washington D.C.), and Sanford, Florida (near Orlando)...