We did the auto train to the keys. I was very impress in the way they took care of our trucks. Once you arrived there they would video tape your vehicle, put down floor mats and cover your seat. The truck was loaded in the train car in less then 10 minutes. There are 6 rows of cars with 5 cars in each row. Each car holds 10 vehicles, 5 up & 5 down. So they carried 300 vehicles and well over 400 passengers. The train is over 3/4 of a mile long and is the longest train in the US. You must be there before 3:00 in the afternoon with the train leaving at exactly 4 pm. You are assigned seats when you arrive so if you are traveling with someone you all want to check in at the same time. We boarded the train at 2:30, settled in and then proceeded to the lounge car where we quenched our thirst.
We had a very good meal for Supper and a continental breakfast which is included . We arrived ahead of schedule in Sanford ,FL and back in our truck an hour later. Rebel did have an incident were he had a flat tire when it came off the train
but Amtrak was going to take care of any expenses that he incured.
The return trip was just the reverse and went well. Only difference was we got a sleeper car on the way back. If I the chance I would do this again in a heartbeat. Our trip cost $1000.00 with a sleeper car one way. Prices do vary depending on the time of year.
Total miles on the train 1800
cost of gas for those miles $360.00
Motel room for 2 nite $240.00
Approx. total $800.00
Plus wear & tear on the vehicle and bodies. Not to mention the company of good friends= PRICELESS