Auto-Train dome-observation car #901 (originally Union Pacific #9001 built by
ACF Industries in 1955) was sold to the Green Bay & Western in early 1982.
It was outfitted as the railroad's second business car (along with GBW #1776).
This photo from April 1982 shows the car still in Auto-Train paint in GB&W's Norwood Yard.
The shop crew soon named the car "Trempealeau River"
gave it a new paint scheme, which it kept until the railroad was sold to
the Wisconsin Central in 1993.
In 1997 the car was rebuilt as Algoma
Central's "Algoma Country."
In the 1970s, privately-financed Auto-Train Corporation operated
passenger trains between Virginia and Florida. The train operation was
unique, not only because it started up nearly the same time that most
other long-distance passenger service was either eliminated or consolidated
as part of Amtrak, but also because the trains carried not only passengers
but also their automobiles. The company operated two trains which
consisted of dome cars
from several western railroads. After several successful
years, Auto-Train took a turn for the worse in 1976 when it had its
first money-losing year after several derailments. An unprofitable
expansion on a second route in 1977 led to bankruptcy and the end of
Auto-Train in April 1981.