Winding through the heart of West Virginia’s whitewater country, the Amtrak Cardinal serves Chicago via White Sulphur Springs and Washington, DC, by way of the spectacular New River Gorge. The Cardinal features a dinette car and lounge, roomy reclining seats with leg rests, reading lights and plenty of room for you and your luggage along with first-class sleeping accommodations.
West Virginia stops include Huntington, chartered in 1871 by its founder and namesake, Collis P. Huntington; Charleston, West Virginia’s capital city; Montgomery, an important trading center for the mining and industrial economy of the region; Thurmond, traveling deep into the gorge; Prince, an Art Deco aficcionado’s delight built in 1945 to serve the Beckley area; Hinton, historic railroad town (est. 1873); Alderson, situated on the banks of the scenic Greenbrier River; and White Sulphur Springs, home to The Greenbrier.
The Capitol Limited, the northern rail route between Chicago and Washington, DC, affords access to the historic and scenic Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. Completely equipped with a dining car, spacious coach seats, first-class sleeping accommodations and sightseer lounge, providing comfortable surroundings along this route.
West Virginia stops include Harpers Ferry, where the-turn-of-thecentury depot serves both Amtrak and Maryland Rail Commuter (MARC), and Martinsburg, long an important rail center on the original B&O line.
Just across the Potomac River from Ridgeley, WV, the Amtrak station in Cumberland, MD, serves as a gateway to the heart of the state’s Eastern Panhandle. At Romney, the oldest chartered town in West Virginia (1762), you can ride the Potomac Eagle excursion train along the South Branch Valley Railroad. You will find the birthplace of Nancy Hanks, President Abraham Lincoln’s mother, near Keyser, and further south, near Petersburg, are the Seneca Caverns, Smoke Hole Caverns and the dramatic Seneca Rocks National Recreational Area.
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