Amtrak to meet with 'New River Train' organizers on Tuesday

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WASHINGTON — West Virginia politicians and operators of the New River Train are set to meet in Washington Tuesday with Amtrak officials.

The meeting comes little more than two weeks after Amtrak officials announced cut backs to private excursion, special, and charter trains to focus on its core as a transportation provider. The announcement effectively cancelled the New River Train, which uses Amtrak locomotives and operating authority to haul more than a dozen private cars and Amtrak coaches on autumn fall foliage tours through the New River Gorge on CSX Transportation tracks.

“We simply cannot afford that. I will continue doing everything I can to fix this problem,” U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., says in a news release.

Manchin says that the New River Train represents about $5 million in spending to the West Virginia economy each year from ticket sales and hotel rooms to meals. Manchin spoke directly with Amtrak President and CEO Richard Anderson earlier in April requesting the meeting.

The New River Train has run for 50 years and is the major annual event for the C.P. Huntington chapter of the National Railway Historical Society.

More information is available online. 
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