Chartered trains through West Virginia’s New River Gorge marked their 50th anniversary this month.
Past years have seen such steam locomotives as the Nickel Plate Road No. 765, Milwaukee Road No. 261 and Pere Marquette No. 1225 pull the trains, but these days the motive power is Amtrak P40DC and P42DC locomotives.
The trains travel over the Kanawha and New River subdivisions of CSX.
For the 2016 trips, Amtrak assigned heritage units 822 and 156 to the 30-car trains, which included 24 private cars.
Among the private varnish in the consist this year was: Passaic River, Powhatan Arrow, St. Augustine, Wenonah, Nokomis, Lake Pepin, Alexander Hamilton, Wisconsin Valley, Super, Dome, Dover Harbor, Prairie View, Scenic View, Braddock Inn, New York Central 38, New York Central 43, Morris County, Birken Diner, New York Central 448 Diner, Kitchi Gammi Club, J. Pickney Henderson, Berlin, Moonlight Dome, Silver Lariat, and Dearing.
Tags: 261, Amtrak, Collis P. Huntington Railroad Historical Society, CSX New River Subdivision, New River Train, Nickel Plate Road 765, Nickel Plate Road No. 765, Pere Marquette 1225, Pere Marquette No. 1225