Since 1968, the New River Train has been taking travelers on an annual fall excursion through the scenic New River Gorge in West Virginia. The 300 mile round-trip by special excursion train runs from Huntington, WV to Hinton, WV and back with a 65 mile long stretch through the New River Gorge and two sightseeing stops.
What to Expect:
The New River Train Excursion is much more than just a fall foliage train ride. Much of this stretch of the New River Gorge is inaccessible by car, making the trip a unique opportunity to view the beautiful New River Gorge up close -- passing ghost towns, old coal mining sites and numerous scenic spots tucked deep into the Gorge. Guides onboard each car point out the various ghost towns and remains of old coal mining sites still visible along the route of the railroad through the Gorge.
The day-long, 300 mile New River Train excursion also offers a chance to tour the historic Thurmond Depot, plus a three-hour layover in Hinton, where Railroad Day festivities include food, arts and crafts, and entertainment. This is a long day, so be sure you wear comfortable clothes and good walking shoes, and get a good night's sleep!
Dates & Times:
The dates for the 2012 New River Train fall foliage excursions are October 20, 21, 27 and 28, 2012. Each of the four trips depart from Huntington at 8:30 a.m. and also picks up passengers with reservations at St. Albans (9:30 a.m.) and Montgomery (10:15 a.m.). Return to Huntingdon is generally about 8:00 p.m., but may run later.
Tickets & Pricing:
, including seating in air conditioned/heated cars, are $149 for adults and $99 for children 3-12.
Premium Service in lounge cars and parlor cars, including continental breakfast and a sit-down dinner, is $239 per person (adults and children 3-12). Premium service in a glass-topped dome car is also available for $269 per person (order for dome by phone only).
This service is only available for passengers who board and detrain in Huntington, W.V.
The New River Train:
The New River Train uses Amtrak (diesel) locomotives and a mixture of Amtrak and privately owned, Amtrak approved horizon coaches, heritage coaches, lounges, parlor cars, dome lounge, sleeper lounges, and an open platform private car.
Collis P. Huntington Railroad Historical Society:
The New River Train is operated by the non-profit Collis P. Huntington Railroad Historical Society to help fund restoration of railroad equipment, maintain its museum, and associated railroad historical projects.