The Auto Train, which travels between Lorton, Virginia, and Sanford, Florida, is the longest passenger train in the world, with two engines and 40-plus passenger rail cars and vehicle carriers.
by Heather Stevenson
We were faced with a bit of a challenge for our May 2008 Disney trip. One in our group hated to fly, and one couldn't manage the drive. After a bit of searching, we found the Auto Train, and we'll never go back to driving.
The train was awesome, the service perfect, just amazing. From the second we checked-in, we couldn't have been treated better. The check-in agent Tiffany moved our Roomettes around so we were across the hall from each other, and our Car Attendant, Derryl showed us the lay of the land and gave us tips on how to best enjoy the journey.
We left right on time and the scenery was beautiful. We settled in and chatted, did some homework for our daughter, then went up for dinner. We weren't sure what to expect, but dinner was better than most restaurants, and again, the service was friendly and just great.
After dinner we slipped into the Lounge Car and watched a movie (Enchanted) before turning in for the night. We slept well and awoke to breakfast with the same friendly service.
Before we knew it, we were in Florida and it was time to get off — the whole trip couldn't have been easier. I can't say enough good things about the whole experience, it was so easy and enjoyable, not to mention the gas and time we saved.
I used to take the train back and forth to school and you've won us back, we'll never drive the whole way to Florida again.