Modern Living: Overland Cruise to Florida

Driving the 1,340 miles of Highway 95 from New York to Florida is at best a tiresome two-night, nine-meal trek. It costs about $150 for a group of four. But thousands of vacationers continue to make the grim odyssey rather than opt for relatively cheap air flights, for the simple reason that a Florida holiday virtually demands an automobile, and rentals there during peak seasons are prohibitive.

Now that trip will no longer be necessary, thanks to the new Auto-Train. Modeled on the excellent auto-bearing passenger trains of Europe and Canada, the Auto-Train will begin running daily from the Washington suburb of...

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