Auto train trip; DC to Orlando


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Auto train trip; DC to Orlando

Postby vinlugg » Wed Feb 26, 2014 8:04 pm



Thought I'd share this information with you all, In case anyone has thought of doing the same thing. Wife and I went on a trip from New hampshire to Florida last August 2013. originally was going to ride the entire distance but knew the wife would be "stretching" her riding tolerance and I love it when she rides with me so looked for a compromise.........AUTO TRAIN! Never rode the train before so it would be a "first" for us both. the auto train only runs from Lorton, VA (just south of Washington, DC to Sanford, FL.) on and over night ride. the cost was just under $1000 round trip. You sleep in your seats which recline nicely but after a few hours it can become uncomfortable but tolerable for just one night. You can pay an additional $300 and get a private berth, which would probably be much more comfortable but we went on the cheap. Now we know. The total cost is probably a bit less than if you rode all the way but you're in FL the next day!!! You save about 900 miles on the bike and mostly, for me, I had a happy wife ready to ride all over Florida. The train was exactly on time. We left Lorton at 4PM arrived Sanford at 9am. return trip is exact same schedule. They do take care to load your bike carefully because YOU load it yourself. They lash it to an aluminum dolly that holds two bikes. Then load it onto the train. Pretty awesome actually. When you arrive it took about an hour to get the bikes off. Inspect it then away you go. Simple. I have heard that there are times where the train is delayed but we never had that happen in either direction. The price includes dinner and breakfast in the dinning car and there is a lounge car that adult beverages and free munchies can be had. It's a great deal and allows for rest if you're on a really long trip. I've included a couple of pics. if you need more infor , contact me.
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Re: Auto train trip; DC to Orlando

Postby katrider62 » Sat Mar 01, 2014 8:44 am

yes, is a fun trip, for the record you can bring you cooler with beverages and save some extra $$(will help to sleep )thanks for sharing the pic

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Re: Auto train trip; DC to Orlando

Postby Kactus59 » Sat Mar 01, 2014 10:37 am

Vinlugg, is there a website associated with the train that fares, schedules, and the possibility of making a reservation can be made? Thanks for the review!

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Re: Auto train trip; DC to Orlando

Postby katrider62 » Sat Mar 01, 2014 11:00 am

http://www.amtrak.com/auto-train, I know you ask to somebody but...I hope this help,they a have a special car with a bar and smoking section, I meet other bikers coming from key west beer $4 to $5 when I complaint the bartender said bring you cooler next time, for the sleeping , somebody told me the cabin is not worth, the extra $$ rattle and noisy(I suggest get cheap pillows at dollar store same with cooler )maybe a little dvd player with headphones for 2, have safe trip(sorry for the typos

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Re: Auto train trip; DC to Orlando

Postby rufus15 » Sat Mar 01, 2014 12:00 pm

Yep, my dad and significant other took that same trip last fall. Rode trike from Ma to VA and the train to Fl, got a good deal on the tickets. Said didn't get the sleep car and was happy to get off when all said and done, but being in his mid eighties the ride to Fl would have been too much for them. Glad to hear your trip went well.

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Re: Auto train trip; DC to Orlando

Postby vinlugg » Sun Mar 02, 2014 10:01 pm

katrider62 wrote:http://www.amtrak.com/auto-train, I know you ask to somebody but...I hope this help,they a have a special car with a bar and smoking section, I meet other bikers coming from key west beer $4 to $5 when I complaint the bartender said bring you cooler next time, for the sleeping , somebody told me the cabin is not worth, the extra $$ rattle and noisy(I suggest get cheap pillows at dollar store same with cooler )maybe a little dvd player with headphones for 2, have safe trip(sorry for the typos


Thanks katrider......also...I've been told by others that the earlier you reserve the more you can save. Many people reserve a year in advance and get much cheaper fares.
Your poor dad !! We were pretty uncomfortable trying to sleep in our seats , I couldn't imagine being his age and doing it!! More power to him.
I believe there were people that had coolers.
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Re: Auto train trip; DC to Orlando

Postby geomac1 » Mon Mar 03, 2014 9:36 am

Awesome way to keep the wife traveling. Never thought of going by train! Glad you keep the wife in travel mode. My wife's back won't let her hammer the roads like we used to. We had a great 3 week run to Montana 10 years ago.

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Re: Auto train trip; DC to Orlando

Postby thrasherg » Mon Mar 03, 2014 10:01 am

Is that the only auto train? I went to the site listed and then tried to find details of similar schemes on the west coast, but none of them mentioned bringing cars along, they seemed to only be for pedestrians? Did I miss something? We live near Seattle and would love to take an auto train to somewhere near Texas and then ride, but it doesn't seem possible.

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Re: Auto train trip; DC to Orlando

Postby vinlugg » Mon Mar 03, 2014 10:59 am

thrasherg wrote:Is that the only auto train? I went to the site listed and then tried to find details of similar schemes on the west coast, but none of them mentioned bringing cars along, they seemed to only be for pedestrians? Did I miss something? We live near Seattle and would love to take an auto train to somewhere near Texas and then ride, but it doesn't seem possible.

Gary


I believe it is the only one. I would love it if you could take it west/east. It makes for a more acceptable trip for many of us. I personally love to ride long distance but if you don't keep your pillion in mind you'll be riding alone. I personally love to ride with my wife.
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Re: Auto train trip; DC to Orlando

Postby jvh1357 » Mon Mar 10, 2014 8:27 pm

Happy trails
I was wondering who to contact about the auto-train is there a company of is it a thing to start your own, I would love to garner employment as a driver I am very qualified as I have a cdl class a, retired from trucking industry 30 years experience.

Sincerely;James Van Houten :)

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Re: Auto train trip; DC to Orlando

Postby vinlugg » Wed Mar 12, 2014 7:15 am

jvh1357 wrote:Happy trails
I was wondering who to contact about the auto-train is there a company of is it a thing to start your own, I would love to garner employment as a driver I am very qualified as I have a cdl class a, retired from trucking industry 30 years experience.

Sincerely;James Van Houten :)


James,
If you're wanting to contact Amtrak, someone posted the link earlier in this thread. Not sure exactly what you're asking. Let us know.

vin


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