An event that brings hundreds of tourists to Hinton begins this weekend.
Hinton Railroad Days starts Saturday, October 20 and 21, and continues through next weekend Saturday, October 27 and 28.
Hinton has been known as a railroad city since the early 19000’s. The railroad played a pivotal role in Hinton’s lifespan, bringing people in and out of the city around the clock.
Douglas Harvey with the Summers County Historical Society said he remembers the days when the railroad was a main source of transportation.
“People get on the train, they could get on in various locations and rather than walk or ride a horse years ago, they could get on the railroad and ride to Hinton or wherever they want to go,” Harvey said.
That is why people living in Hinton believe it is important to keep that history alive.
Volunteer with the Hinton Railroad Museum, Bobby Cox, said their annual festival, ‘Hinton Railroad Days,’ does just that, while bringing communities together.
“It is like a family reunion thing, I always come down here and I run into somebody I have not seen,” Cox said.
The festival is timed to coincide with the New River Excursion train that runs from Huntington to Hinton. People from all over the country travel for this ride to view the fall foliage along the new River Gorge.
Cox told 59 News this is a huge money generator for the area.
“It is a big impact just for the local economy, local groups and organizations here that kind of depend on that extra income,” Cox said.
At this celebration, tourists and locals can enjoy live entertainment, food, shopping, and of course, the railroad.
If anyone is interested in riding the New River Excursion train, visit https://www.newrivertrain.com/nrt.shtml.