Two companies are providing a service the public will buy in the form of railroad passenger service. Both companies have brought new equity capital to their railroad passenger business, and both companies are run by people who are outsiders to the railroad industry. Auto Train runs a tourist train service between Lorton, Virginia and Sanford, Florida, and will haul the family automobile on the same train with the family. Scenic Railways operates two tourist lines: one at Lake Tahoe, California, and one in the Colorado-New Mexico area. Auto Train uses reconditioned passenger cars, and the Colorado-New Mexico line uses boxcars from the turn of the century. Auto Train contracts with two railroads to operate its trains, but all contact with the public is by Auto Train personnel. Scenic Railways hires all its own staff. Each operation is small enough to be managed, and neither has labor or institutional burdens. Each operation sells what the customer wants to buy, not what the railroad wants to provide.

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    Kalmbach Publishing Company

    21027 Crossroads Circle
    P.O. Box 1612
    Waukesha, WI  United States  53187-1612
  • Authors:
    • Kneiling, J
  • Publication Date: 1973-1

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  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: p. 22-25
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00040978
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Trains
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 2 1974 12:00AM