The World Famous New River Train

The New River Train 2007
••• The New River Train. John Mueller/Flickr

Since 1968, the New River Train has been taking travelers on an annual fall excursion through the scenic New River Gorge in West Virginia. The 300 mile round-trip by special excursion train runs from Huntington, WV to Hinton, WV and back with a 65 mile long stretch through the New River Gorge and two sightseeing stops.

What to Expect

The New River Train Excursion is much more than just a fall foliage train ride.

Much of this stretch of the New River Gorge is inaccessible by car, making the trip a unique opportunity to view the beautiful New River Gorge up close -- passing ghost towns, old coal mining sites and numerous scenic spots tucked deep into the Gorge. Guides onboard each car point out the various ghost towns and remains of old coal mining sites still visible along the route of the railroad through the Gorge.

The day-long, 300 mile New River Train excursion also offers a chance to tour the historic Thurmond Depot, plus a three-hour layover in Hinton, where Railroad Day festivities include food, arts and crafts, and entertainment. This is a long day, so be sure you wear comfortable clothes and good walking shoes, and get a good night's sleep!

Dates & Times

The dates for the New River Train fall foliage excursions are in October and may vary from year to year. Each of the four trips depart from Huntington in the morning and also picks up passengers with reservations at St.

Albans and Montgomery. Make sure to check their website for the exact schedule.

The New River Train:

The New River Train uses Amtrak (diesel) locomotives and a mixture of Amtrak and privately owned, Amtrak approved horizon coaches, heritage coaches, lounges, parlor cars, dome lounge, sleeper lounges, and an open platform private car.

Collis P. Huntington Railroad Historical Society:

The New River Train is operated by the non-profit Collis P. Huntington Railroad Historical Society to help fund restoration of railroad equipment, maintain its museum, and associated railroad historical projects.