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Chuck Zeiler's Collection
 
7/15/2024
 
 
 
 
 
By:Chuck Zeiler
Dates:10/1/1985 - 12/31/1988
Album Info:Photographs of the original Auto-Train Corporation, a privately owned railroad founded by Eugene K. Garfield. The first train left Lorton, Virginia on December 6, 1971 for the 856 mile trip to Sanford, Florida. On April 30, 1981, the last Auto-Trains departed Lorton and Sanford, passing in the night. When they arrived at their destinations May 1, the Auto-Train Corporation was done.
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AT Caboose 92
Title:  AT Caboose 92
Description:  Auto-Train caboose 92 at Sanford, Florida on an unknown day in February 1980, Kodachrome by Chuck Zeiler. Number 92 was built as a 40 foot boxcar for the FEC, converted to bay window caboose 808 by the FEC, converted to a cupola caboose by AT. It was needed on AT trains after the auto carrier cars were moved to the rear of the train and also when the trains ran in two sections, with one train consisting of just the auto carrier cars.
Photo Date:  2/1/1980  Upload Date: 1/30/2015 2:29:15 PM
Location:  Sanford, FL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  RollingStock
Locomotives:  AT 4012(U36B) AT 624(VO-1000)
Views:  782   Comments: 1
AT Steam Generator 130
Title:  AT Steam Generator 130
Description:  Auto-Train Steam Generator car 130 at Sanford, Florida on an unknown day in February 1980, Kodachrome by Chuck Zeiler. Number 130 was built by Alco in 1926 as a tender for a Northern Pacific Railway Class A 4-8-4. The tender was classed 43e by the NP and was assembeed with rivets, later NP tenders were welded. Auto-Train's U36B's did not have steam generators, so until conversion to HEP, this car (and at least two other ex-NP tenders, AT 131 and 133) supplied steam heat. The letter F is painted on the forward louvered access door, indicating this end is the Front of the car.
Photo Date:  2/1/1980  Upload Date: 3/3/2015 11:51:25 AM
Location:  Sanford, FL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  RollingStock
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Views:  419   Comments: 0
AT Steam Generator 130
Title:  AT Steam Generator 130
Description:  Auto-Train Steam Generator car 130 at Sanford, Florida on an unknown day in February 1980, Kodachrome by Chuck Zeiler. Number 130 was built by Alco in 1926 as a tender for a Northern Pacific Railway Class A 4-8-4. It was converted to a steam generator car by the NP and numbered H-1. It was sold to J. Simon & Sons in 1972, became Auto-Train 130 in 1973, eventually renumbered to 1130. There appears to be a lagged pipe attached to this end of the car. More Auto-Train information at this address:

http://www.themetrains.com/auto-train-roster.htm

Photo Date:  2/1/1980  Upload Date: 3/3/2015 12:33:50 PM
Location:  Sanford, FL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  RollingStock
Locomotives: 
Views:  392   Comments: 0
AT Dome Coach 462
Title:  AT Dome Coach 462
Description:  Auto-Train Budd dome coach 462 at Sanford, Florida on an unknown day in February 1980, Kodachrome by Chuck Zeiler. AT 462 was built by Budd in 1948 as Western Pacific 813 named SILVER PALACE, a 46-seat dome-coach as part of WP's contribution to the California Zephyr train. It became AT 462, then to Ed Braun/Ruan Equipment Co at AT auction in December 1981, then to Vista Rail Inc. 813, then to Algoma Central Railway and renamed SPIRIT OF SUPERIOR (800273), then to Friends of 261 in 2017.
Photo Date:  2/1/1980  Upload Date: 5/9/2021 12:13:25 PM
Location:  Sanford, FL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  RollingStock
Locomotives: 
Views:  173   Comments: 1
AT VO-1000 624
Title:  AT VO-1000 624
Description:  Auto Train VO-1000 624 at Sanford, Florida on an unknown day in February 1980, Kodachrome by Chuck Zeiler.
Photo Date:  2/1/1980  Upload Date: 1/1/2015 2:29:06 PM
Location:  Sanford, FL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Yard
Locomotives:  AT 624(VO-1000)
Views:  434   Comments: 2
AT VO-1000 624
Title:  AT VO-1000 624
Description:  Auto-Train VO-1000 624 at Sanford, Florida on an unknown day in February 1980, Kodachrome by Chuck Zeiler.
Photo Date:  2/1/1980  Upload Date: 3/2/2015 11:48:36 AM
Location:  Sanford, FL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  AT 624(VO-1000)
Views:  378   Comments: 1
AT U36B 4003
Title:  AT U36B 4003
Description:  Auto-Train U36B 4003 departing Sanford, Florida on an unknown day in February 1980, Kodachrome by Chuck Zeiler.
Photo Date:  2/1/1980  Upload Date: 3/2/2015 10:40:26 AM
Location:  Sanford, FL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Yard
Locomotives:  AT 4003(U36B)
Views:  384   Comments: 1
AT U36B 4005
Title:  AT U36B 4005
Description:  Auto-Train U36B 4005 at Oelwein, Iowa on June 11, 1983 , Kodachrome by Jim Altman, Chuck Zeiler collection.
Photo Date:  6/11/1983  Upload Date: 3/2/2015 12:41:28 PM
Location:  Oelwein, IA
Author:  Jim Altman
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  AT 4005(U36B)
Views:  648   Comments: 0
AT U36B 4009
Title:  AT U36B 4009
Description:  Auto-Train U36B 4009 at Sanford, Florida on an unknown day in February 1980, Kodachrome by Chuck Zeiler.
Photo Date:  2/1/1980  Upload Date: 3/2/2015 1:23:46 PM
Location:  Sanford, FL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Yard
Locomotives:  AT 4009(U36B) AT 4009(U36B)
Views:  396   Comments: 1
Auto-Train U36B 4009
Title:  Auto-Train U36B 4009
Description:  Auto-Train U36B 4009 at Sanford, Florida on an unknown day in February 1980, Kodachrome by Chuck Zeiler. Built December 1971 (c/n 38748) to Seaboard Coast Line specifications, it spent ten years in Auto-Train sevice before the company went bankrupt in 1981. By 1986, most of the AUT U36B's had been scrapped. Apparently four additional U36B's were ordered by Auto-Train by went to Conrail, AUT #4013-4016 becoming CR #2971-2974. Conrail accepted them on the condition that the EMD Blomberg trucks be replaced with AAR Type-B trucks.

Auto-Train Corporation began service on December 6, 1971 between Lorton, Virginia and Sanford, Florida. The service was a big hit with travelers. Auto-Train expanded and established a short-lived service between Louisville, Kentucky and Sanford, Florida. Lack of success from the Louisville expansion, high crew costs and several spectacular accidents put the company into bankruptcy and ended its services in late April, 1981.

Photo Date:  2/1/1980  Upload Date: 9/28/2021 4:37:57 PM
Location:  Sanford, FL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  AT 4009(U36B)
Views:  155   Comments: 0
AT U36B 4009
Title:  AT U36B 4009
Description:  Auto-Train U36B 4009 at Sanford, Florida on an unknown day in February 1980, Kodachrome by Chuck Zeiler. Built December 1971 (c/n 38748) to Seaboard Coast Line specifications, it spent ten years in Auto-Train service before the company went bankrupt in 1981. By 1986, most of the AUT U36B's had been scrapped. Apparently four additional U36B's were ordered by Auto-Train by went to Conrail, AUT #4013-4016 becoming CR #2971-2974. Conrail accepted them on the condition that the EMD Blomberg trucks be replaced with AAR Type-B trucks.

Auto-Train Corporation began service on December 6, 1971 between Lorton, Virginia and Sanford, Florida. The service was a big hit with travelers. Auto-Train expanded and established a short-lived service between Louisville, Kentucky and Sanford, Florida. Lack of success from the Louisville expansion, high crew costs and several spectacular accidents put the company into bankruptcy and ended its services in late April, 1981.

Photo Date:  2/1/1980  Upload Date: 2/4/2011 7:06:33 AM
Location:  Sanford, FL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster,Passenger
Locomotives:  AT 4009(U36B)
Views:  1005   Comments: 3
Auto-Train U36B 4012
Title:  Auto-Train U36B 4012
Description:  Auto-Train U36B 4012 at Sanford, Florida, on an unknown day in February 1980, Kodachrome by Chuck Zeiler. Number 4012 was built for Auto-Train to SCL specifications in May 1974 (c/n 39846). It was in Auto-Train service until 1981, when the company went bankrupt. It was scrapped in 1986. It was powered by a FDL-16 prime mover producing 3600 horsepower, and rode on EMD Blomberg trucks from SCL F unit trade-in's.
Photo Date:  2/1/1980  Upload Date: 1/3/2016 5:14:33 PM
Location:  Sanford, FL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  AT 4012(U36B)
Views:  348   Comments: 0
AT U36B 4012
Title:  AT U36B 4012
Description:  Auto-Train U36B 4012 and VO-1000 624 at Sanford, Florida, on an unknown day in February 1980, Kodachrome by Chuck Zeiler. Number 4012 was built to SCL specifications in May 1974 (c/n 39846) it was in Auto-Train service until 1981, when the company went bankrupt. It was scrapped in 1986. It was powered by a FDL-16 prime mover producing 3600 horsepower, and rides on EMD Blomberg trucks from F unit trade-in's.
Photo Date:  2/1/1980  Upload Date: 3/2/2015 2:32:06 PM
Location:  Sanford, FL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Yard
Locomotives:  AT 4012(U36B) AT 624(VO-1000)
Views:  536   Comments: 1
AT U36B 4012
Title:  AT U36B 4012
Description:  Auto-Train U36B 4012 at Sanford, Florida, on an unknown day in February 1980, Kodachrome by Chuck Zeiler. Built to SCL specifications in May 1974 (c/n 39846) it was in Auto-Train service until 1981, when the company went bankrupt. It was scrapped in 1986. It was powered by a FDL-16 prime mover producing 3600 horsepower, and rides on EMD Blomberg trucks from F unit trade-in's.
Photo Date:  2/1/1980  Upload Date: 2/4/2011 7:48:17 AM
Location:  Sanford, FL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster,Yard,Passenger
Locomotives:  AT 4012(U36B)
Views:  823   Comments: 2


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