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Lead attendant at Sanford, 2016.

Color digital image showing an Auto Train (Lorton, Va.-Sanford, Fla.) lead attendant at the Sanford station; image dates to February 2016.

Lead attendant at Sanford, 2016.

Susan Leavitt, lead attendant in Sanford, joined Amtrak in 1991. “Before I was hired, I traveled across the country on the train with my kids and I would take them to historical sites," she says. "I always tell people that Amtrak taught my children U.S. history.”

The Auto Train offers direct service between Sanford, Fla., conveniently located close to the state's famous theme parks, and Lorton, Va., a suburb of the nation's capital. It is the only Amtrak service to simultaneously transport passengers and their motor vehicles, including cars, SUVs, trucks, motorcycles, small boats and water-skis. With locomotives and coach, sleeping, dining, lounge and auto carrier cars, the Auto Train is considered the longest passenger train in the world, often measuring about ¾ of a mile.

“Riding the Auto Train is a unique experience and a family oriented one," says Route Director Kathy Brewer. "We are building relationships from generation to generation. We have longtime riders whose grandchildren are now riding.”

Photographer: Chuck Gomez for Amtrak. From the Amtrak Corporate Collection.