the Lorton VRE Station
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Lorton is one of only two places in the United States you can catch the Amtrak Autotrain at rest. The other is near Orlando Florida.
The Auto-Train started in 1971
(December 6th from Lorton) as a private undertaking and lasted till April 1981
when it felt the financial crunch and stopped running. After 22 months,
Amtrak picked up the service and facilities and started running the train once
more on October 30th, 1983.
More info and pictures are here: http://www.themetrains.com/auto-train-gallery-jackowski.htm
Lorton also sports a VRE stop, my schedules for the Fredericksburg line can be found here, or you can check the VRE website here.
Commercial maps and pictures from www.bing.com/maps and Google Maps, and aerial shots were "snagged" using Techsmith's Snagit, a great program!
Both railroad attractions in Lorton are easy to get to, and they are both conveniently located to the east of I-95 at exit 163. Refer to the map below.
GPS Coordinates: 38.708440, -77.220625
For a great page that covers all of the engines and equipment the original Auto-Train, check this out: http://themetrains.com/auto-train-roster.htm
The picture below is almost 40 years old! Photo by Stan Jackowski.
The train leaves daily at 4pm, making picture taking pretty easy except for high winter, especially if you want to catch in say, Doswell (around 4:30).
The whole Amtrak schedule serving Virginia is here or here
The main building
End of the yard and turntable
Main building and driveway
Main entrance off Lorton Road, showing close proximity to I-95
Last Modified: 17-Sep-2017