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New River Gorge Excursions Canceled

September 24, 2021

COVID-19 pandemic concerns have led to the cancellation of the 2021 Autumn Colors Express excursion trips through the New River Gorge of West Virginia.

Rail Excursion Management, which is sponsoring the excursions, said the trips have been rescheduled for 2022.

 “An overwhelming number of customers have expressed concern about this year’s event,” said Railexco CEO Adam Auxier.

He noted that a surge in COVID-19 cases in West Virginia has local hospitals operating at emergency levels,” making postponement our best and only option this year.

Ticket holders will automatically be transferred to equivalent dates in October 2022. Questions about tickets, credits, or refunds can be directed to info@railexco.com.

The excursions were to be run in cooperation with Amtrak and the cities Huntington, Charleston and Hinton.

Passengers were to board in Huntington or Charleston and travel to Hinton for that city’s Railroad Days festival.

The Autumn Colors Express uses the same route as Amtrak’s Chicago-New York Cardinal.

2021 Dates Set for W.Va. Excursion Train

August 19, 2020

The sponsors of the New River train in West Virginia have announced that its 2021 dates of operation.

The Autumn Colors Express between Huntington and Hinton has been canceled for this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rail Excursion Management Company said the 2021 trips will operate Oct. 21-24.

The trains will made an intermediate stop in Charleston.

New River Gorge Train Schedule Set for 2020

January 18, 2020

The Autumn Colors Express will operate in 2020 through the New River Gorge of West Virginia.

Rail Excursion Management Company, which sponsors the train, said there will be four round-trip runs between Huntington and Hinton, West Virginia, from Oct. 22 to 25.

Tickets go on sale Monday at www.acewva.com. Ticket prices range from $599 (chairman’s class) to $225 (coach).

The train will stop in Charleston to pick up passengers and will operate during the Hinton Railroad Days Festival.

The consist of the train is expected to be 25 to 30 cars. Last year’s train was made up of private rail cars pulled by Amtrak locomotives.

Foliage Train to Make Stop in Charleston

August 28, 2019

The Autumn Colors Express has announced that it will make a stop in Charleston, West Virginia, during its Oct. 25-27 excursions.

Formerly known as the New River Train, the train will be stopping in West Virginia’s capital city for the first time in 30 years.

Previously, the New River Train stopped in St. Albans, located 12 miles west of Charleston.

Rail Excursion Management Company, which is operating the excursion in West Virginia between Huntington and Hinton, said it has sold about 35 percent of the 4,000 available seats.

Most of the sales have been to residents of Ohio and West Virginia.

Adam Auxier, president of Rail Excursion Management, said ticket sales have been steady for the Saturday excursions compared to Sunday while a Friday trip is showing promise.

Most of the tickets sold have been in coach class but the most expensive seats, chairman’s class, also has seen brisk sales.

2 Group to Provide Staff Support for Fall Excursions

August 4, 2019

The two partners that are helping Rail Excursion Management Company operate the Autumn Colors Express this October are primarily providing car hosts and other personnel support.

The groups are the Kentucky Steam Heritage Corporation and the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society, both of which are known for their steam preservation and restoration efforts.

Formerly known as the New River Train, the Autumn Colors Express will operate on Oct. 25-27 between Huntington and Hinton, West Virginia.

Even Rail Excursion has a steam tie in that its CEO is a former excursion director for Norfolk & Western No. 611.

Ft.WRHS Vice President Kelly Lynch said his organization will provide car hosts for first class passengers and provide administrative and marketing support.
Chris Campbell, president of KHSC said that organization will provide car hosts and other staffing support for the excursions.

2019 New River Train is Now Set to Go

August 2, 2019

The long awaited announcement of the return of the New River Train will be made Friday by Rail Excursion Management Company.

The train will operate under the name Autumn Colors Express on the weekend of Oct. 25-27 between Huntington and Hinton, West Virginia.

Ticket sales will begin Aug. 5.

Amtrak agreed earlier this week to a contract with Rail Excursion for the 2019 trains after some prodding by West Virginia U.S. Senator Joe Manchin.

Manchin had said on Twitter in May that the New River Train would return, but various operational issues had to be ironed out before it was official.

The former operator of the train, the Collis P. Huntington Railroad Historical Society, had in February canceled the train, citing financial issues.

Rail Excursion said it believes it can reduce the cost of the excursion by keeping its operations to one weekend, therefore avoiding car storage costs.

It also plans to replace a commissary car with additional seating and serving food to all passengers in their seats.

In previous years the New River Train operated over two weekends.

As in past years, private rail cars will be used as part of the excursions.

Providing support for the excursion will be the Kentucky Steam Heritage Corporation and the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society.

The latter has operated excursions behind its 2-8-4 Nickel Plate Road No. 765.

Sponsor Says Excursion Trains Still a Go

July 10, 2019

The operator of a proposed fall excursion train that will replace the discontinued New River Train in West Virginia expects to announce shortly details about the excursion.

Lou Capwell of Rail Excursion Management told a Huntington, West Virginia, newspaper the process of organizing the train has been complicated and all he can say at this point is that the excursion will happen.

It is expected to be named the Autumn Colors Express and operate roundtrips on Oct. 25, 26 and 27.

Capwell’s statements came nearly seven weeks after West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin announced that the October Huntington to Hinton excursion trains would run this year after all.

For years the New River Train was sponsored by the Colis P. Huntington Railroad Historical Society but that group has been dormant since earlier this year.

News reports said that group had operating losses of $180,000 on last year’s New River Train.

Last February, the Society said it would not operate the New River Train in 2019 due to higher costs and more restrictive policies for operation of private cars and excursion trains imposed by Amtrak.

By focusing operations over one weekend Railexco expects to save the cost of storing rail passenger cars in Huntington due the week. The New River Train had operated over multiple weekends.

Capwell said Railexco is working with state and local government entities, Amtrak, the CSX railroad, and liability insurers to make the excursion train possible.

Amtrak is expected to provide locomotives and operating crew members.

A spokesperson for Manchin said it was the senator’s understanding that an operating agreement for the fall excursion train is close to being finished.