So I'm heading north for a vacation, but would prefer to let Amtrak drive a good chunk of it for me. Anyone done this, or any special concerns putting my E in the choo-choo? Stock 2004, no external hardware added.
The problem is that it's not very cost effective. One could easily drive the Orlando to VA distance in 1 day. I added up the costs for this once and decided to just drive up. The googled driving distance from Sanford, FL (the actual location of the station... not Orlando ) to Lorton, VA is 825 miles. The E will consume about 36 gallons of fuel at $3 per gallon, that's $108. For fun, let's say I stay overnight at a roadside hotel at $75. Add in food... $40. So far, I've spent $223. That's just for me traveling. Don't forget, I'm probably going to drive out of VA to my final destination. If I take the train it's $146 to ride coach, plus $231 for the car to ride in the trailer. That's a grand total of $377. I don't think I'm willing to pay an extra $150 so some train can drive me to a destination that is not even where I want to go. If you're traveling with more than one person, you'll pay an additional fare of $146 but if you drive, you'll only add the cost of food, so maybe another $40.yeah, train trips may be a little slower but they can be a lot more relaxing and fun with a family. It is too bad they don't expand their services. You would think with the rising cost of gas they could jump on this service. "Families could keep their big SUV and still take long trips to where ever with out wasting a ton of gas on the drive there." Oh well.
I was quoting you but merely intending to point out that the cost of driving vs the auto train is why it may seem like the concept hasn't really caught on.But if you look at it for longer trips, though not available, and as part of the adventure and taking the labor of driving long distances with kids it could be all part of the trip.