Posts Tagged ‘Huntington West Virginia’

Plans Set for Annual New River Train

August 10, 2017

Plans have been announced for the annual New River Train, which will roll on Oct. 21, 22, 28, and 29 between Huntington, West Virginia, and Hinton, West Virginia, through the New River Gorge.

New this year will be a consist of all heritage cars from private owners.

Gone are the Amtrak Amfleet and Horizon  coaches that have characterized the makeup of past trains.

All of the 30 cars on the New River Train will come from private owners. Three Amtrak P42DC locomotives will pull the train.

Some of the passenger cars expected to be in the consist include California Zephyr vista-dome car Silver Solarium, Pullman-built Milwaukee Road Super Dome, Budd-built full-length dome car Summit View, the Overland Trail, a former Southern Pacific barber shop car, and Great Northern full-length dome car Prairie View.

Other cars will include lounge and passenger cars built for the New York Central, Pennsylvania Railroad, Baltimore & Ohio and Central of Georgia Railway

Sponsored by the the Collis P. Huntington Railroad Historical Society, the 51st running of the New River Train will travel CSX’s Kanawha and New River subdivisions, both of which are former Chesapeake & Ohio.

The train has a capacity of 1,200 passengers per day and usually sells out by early September. Some heritage coach tickets remain at $179 per person.

CSX Furloughs 70 at Huntington Shops

June 21, 2017

Seventy CSX employees are being laid off at the locomotive shop in Huntington, West Virginia.

The laid off workers will be eligible to bid on other jobs in the CSX network. The shop will have 270 still on the payroll.

Trains magazine reported that most of those losing their jobs worked on the third shift and in clerk positions.

Huntington is the primary shop working on the GP38-3 and GP40-3 rebuild program, which has locomotives in the 2000 and 6500 series that have been rebuilt from GP38-2 and GP40-2 units.

Located on the former Chesapeake & Ohio mainline, the Huntington shops are situated on the CSX Kanawha Subdivision between Russell, Kentucky, and Charleston, West Virginia.

CSX Repaints Locomotive to C&O Livery

June 7, 2017

CSX shop workers in Huntington, West Virginia, have repainted another diesel into heritage colors.

The Huntington Locomotive Shops has adored former Chesapeake & Ohio SD40 No. 7534 into the livery it wore when it left the Electro-Motive diesel assembly plant.

The locomotive was repainted on behalf of the Chesapeake & Ohio Historical Society, which plans to display it at its museum in Clifton Forge, Virginia.

The unit was previously CSX No. 4617 and was the last locomotive in the CSX fleet to wear C&O colors.

The C&O group might use the locomotive to pull trains on the Buckingham Branch Railroad.

Rob Catlin, project manager at the C&O Historical Society, told Trains magazine that although the locomotive is serviceable, it is missing six traction motors.

Earlier this year, the Huntington shops repainted a locomotive in Chessie System colors. That unit is currently in Erie, Pennsylvania, waiting to be moved to the Lake Shore Railway Museum in North East, Pennsylvania.

Repainted Chessie Loco Seen by Shop

March 21, 2017

A locomotive pained in Chessie System colors that is thought to be bound for the Lake Shore Railway Museum in North East, Pennsylvania, has emerged from a CSX shop in West Virginia.

Trains magazine reported that B30-7, ex-C&O No. 8272 and ex-CSX No. 5554 was seen outside the Huntington locomotive shop last weekend.

The museum has thus far declined to comment on reports that the repainted unit will be added to its collection.

Given its proximity to the GE Transportation locomotive assembly plant in Erie, Pennsylvania, the museum has sought to preserve several GE-built engines.

Trains said it is the first time that a Chessie locomotive has been painted at the Huntington shops in more than 30 years.

Huntington was once a division headquarters for the C&O.

No. 8272 was built in January 1980 and retired more than six years ago. It was removed from a dead line in Cumberland, Maryland, and transported to Huntington in 2016.

Amtrak Claims Closing Huntington Ticket Office Helps Toward Making the Cardinal Run Daily

December 22, 2016

Amtrak is attempting to frame the removal of its ticket agent from Huntington, West Virginia, as a move designed to save money so that the Chicago-New York Cardinal might be able to run more frequently than three times a week.

amtrak-cardinalThe last day for the Amtrak ticket agent to work was Wednesday night.

“Every dollar [Amtrak] can retain by taking advantage of technological advances like e-ticketing is a dollar that can go towards giving Huntington daily Amtrak service,” said Amtrak Senior Government Affairs Specialist Charlie Monte Verde in a statement to Trains magazine.

Reiterating what Amtrak personal have said to the news media when ticket agent were removed from other stations, Monte Verde said most tickets are now purchased online or on smart phones.

He described the move to remove the Huntington agent as a business decision.