Amtrak Auto Facility

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pschuman21

New Member
I'm looking for operations on a Amtrak AutoTrain Facility, where the passenger cars are parked, where are the Auto-carries loaded and such. I found several videos on Youtube showing some things but noting really descriptive. The pictures posted are of the Amtrak AutoTrain Facility in Sanford, FL (using Google Earth). Any help here would be greatly appreciated, Thanks.

(Part 1)

Picture 1: Main overview of Facility;
Picture 2: Yard throat;
Picture 3: Overview of Auto loading yard & Service area;
Picture 4: Close up of Service area.
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scottru

New Member
Not sure what you are looking for. So far as I know (and I've been on the AT many times), there is no 'parking' for autos. As you check in, they are driven onto the auto cars. It's pretty interesting watching them load.

Typically you check in and move up to the 'drivers,' who videotape the outside of your vehicle to make sure what dents and dings are there. They put a magnetic number on the side (which you use to retrieve your car at the other end), and they drive off with your car and you head to the terminal to select which seating for meals you prefer.

It's a wonderful train.
 




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