The first of the three 2019 Autumn Colors Express excursions thru the New River Gorge of West Virginia departed Huntington WV this morning enroute to Hinton WV.
Three locomotives and 21 cars. Lots of seats under dome glass. Six former SPV-2000 coaches owned by Foxville and Northern Railway were scrubbed from the trains; the operators leased two Horizon cars from Amtrak to fill in for the “no show” Constitution Liners.
These 3 excursions and the before/after positioning moves between Chicago and Huntington are the only special trains (other than special trains for professional sports teams) operated by Amtrak to date in 2019.