Storm Disrupts Rail Service in West Virginia

A severe storm that dumped more than 6 inches of rain on parts of West Virginia played havoc with railroad operations in the state.

West VirginiaThe Alleghany and New River subdivisions of CSX between Clifton Forge, Virginia, and Handley, West Virginia, were closed.

Also closed was the Kanawha Subdivision near Huntington, West Virginia. Workers on Friday were clearing downed trees and evaluating the damage caused by rock and mud slides.

In some areas, track was submerged in water and culverts had washed out beneath the tracks.

Trains magazine reported on Friday that CSX appeared to be focusing on reopening its mainlines before moving on to fixing damage on branch lines in the state.

Amtrak’s westbound Cardinal that was to leave New York on Friday morning was canceled.

The eastbound Cardinal that departed Chicago on late Thursday afternoon terminated in Indianapolis and its equipment was to turn back on Saturday (June 25) to run to Chicago.

The Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad cancelled its Cheat Mountain Salamander tourist train out of Elkins on Friday due to a track washout between mileposts 56 and 58.

The Cass Scenic Railroad suffered flooding near Back Mountain Road grade crossing.

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