PRR Group Offers Program on South Wind Route

The Pennsylvania Railroad Technical and Historical Society meeting in Chicago on April 21 will feature a program about the route of the South Wind between Logansport, Indiana, and Louisville, Kentucky.

The program will be presented by William Shapotkin at the Historical Pullman District Visitors Center. The PRRT&HS meeting will run between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. and admission to the program is free.

Shapotkin will also discuss an Amtrak proposal in the early 1970s to operate an auto ferry service between Indianapolis and Florida.

A test train of the AutoTrak service made one trip carrying rented Avis sedans in modified auto rack cars. The rented vehicles sustained so much damage that Amtrak scraped the AutoTrak idea.

However, Amtrak did combine is Chicago-Miami/St. Petersburg Floridian with an Auto-Train Corporation service that began in May 24, operating between Louisville and Sanford, Florida. The arrangement lasted through September 1977.

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