Each of the four trips depart at 8:30 a.m. from the platform at the Huntington C&O Depot located at 935 7th Avenue in Huntington. The train will later stop in St. Albans, giving coach passengers the option of two boarding locations. When purchasing Premium and Dome Service, you have to board in Huntington. After leaving Huntington, the train rolls through the Teays Valley area to the Kanawha River near St. Albans, staying along the Kanawha all the way to the mouth of the New River at Gauley Bridge. The tracks then follow the New River for the remainder of the trip into Hinton.
|The New River Gorge Bridge. Photo Copyrighted © Joe Rosenthal 2009|
Landmarks and scenic locations on the route include downtown Charleston and the State Capitol building, Insitute of Technology, of West Virginia University in Montgomery, Kanawha Falls, Hawks Nest Dam and bridge, the famous New River Gorge Bridge at Fayetteville, Grandview, Stretcher Neck Tunnel, Sandstone Falls, and numerous historical artifacts and towns from the New River's rich coal mining era.
We will be stopping in Hinton, WV for a layover for no more than 3 hours. Time spent in Hinton may be between 1 hour and 3 hours due to other railroad traffic on the mainline. While in Hinton, you will be able to enjoy the Railroad Days Festival. The festival will be open all four (4) days we run.
After enjoying the Railroad Days Festival, we will board the train and head back to Huntington.