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Amtrak's Auto Train has always been part passenger train, part freight train, what with all the auto-carrying cars comprising its rear half. But the freight will be a bit heavier over the next three weeks as the Auto Train will haul also RoadRailer trailers loaded with holiday-related mail between Lorton, Va., and Orlando, Fla.
About 16 other Amtrak trains routinely carry RoadRailers on the back end, but this is the first time the Auto Train has handled RoadRailer express shipments.
Meanwhile, Amtrak has ordered 100 mail and express boxcars from Trinity Industries, which will build the cars at its Springfield, Mo., plant. The Trinity-designed cars are the company's first entry into the higher-speed freight market.
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