HINTON, W. Va. (WVNS) — West Virginia lawmakers have announced they are working to preserve the New River Train for its 52nd running this year.
This comes after Amtrak announced at the end of March that it would be ending charter and special service trains, putting West Virginia traditions like the New River Train and Hinton Railroad Days in jeopardy.
According to a release, Representative Evan Jenkins and Mike Hall, Governor Justice’s Chief of Staff, spoke with Amtrak President and Co-CEO Richard Anderson about the importance of preserving the New River Train. .
“Amtrak recognizes the importance and more than half century tradition of the New River Train and the Hinton Railroad Days. Amtrak is willing to make some limited exemptions to its ban on charter trains, and after our call, I feel confident we will be granted this exemption. As Gov. Justice launches a new tourism campaign for the great state of West Virginia, the New River Train will remain one of West Virginia’s premier tourist attractions,” Rep. Jenkins said.