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4009

Locomotive #4009 was the last of auto-train's second batch of road locomotives -- a U36B built by GE in December 1972 (builder's number 38748) to specifications of the SCL.

Image: Stan Jackowski

Auto-Train Corporation GE U36B 4009

 
 

Like the other auto-train locomotives, 4009 was eventually scrapped. After its time on the auto-train, the locomotive went into storage at Oelwein, Iowa where it sat awating a buyer that never came. The locomotive was cut up on-site in 1984-85.

Image: Harv Kahn, Dec 30, 1975, Lorton, VA

Auto-Train Corporation GE U36B 4009

 
 

Image: Harv Kahn, Dec 30, 1975, Lorton, VA

Auto-Train Corporation GE U36B 4009

 
 

 

For a time in the mid 1970s, auto-train was the official sponsor of the Walt Disney World Railroad in Orlando, FL. Tying in for promotion, auto-train #4009 was given a smiley face and a big red bowtie.

Image: Guy Wicksall of Geneva NY, via Paul Ilacqua and Chelsea White's "auto-train Yahoo! Group".

Auto-Train Corporation GE U36B 4009

 
 

 

Image: Guy Wicksall of Geneva NY, via Paul Ilacqua and Chelsea White's "auto-train Yahoo! Group".

Auto-Train Corporation GE U36B 4009

 
 

While auto-train was the sponsor of the Walt Disney World Railroad, their excursion cars sported auto-train drumheads (tail heralds).

Image: Courtesy of Ebay Store / "knivesandcollectables" 2015

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