THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23rd – In consultation with state and local officials, Rail Excursion Management Company (Railexco) has announced that the 2021 Autumn Colors Express railroad passenger excursions in the New River Gorge have been postponed. “An overwhelming number of customers have expressed concern about this year’s event. The current surge in COVID-19 cases in West Virginia has local hospitals operating at emergency levels, making postponement our best and only option this year,” said Railexco CEO Adam Auxier.

“We’re grateful to our partners at Amtrak and in the region for the support and understanding.”Current ticket holders will automatically be transferred to equivalent dates in October of 2022. Questions about tickets, credits, or refunds can be directed to info@railexco.com.

“We are extremely disappointed in the situation we find ourselves in. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has worsened and we understand why Rail Excursion Management, in cooperation with our event organizers, has chosen to postpone the 2021 Autumn Colors excursion,” explained City of Hinton Mayor Jack Scott. “The Hinton Railroad Days Committee is evaluating the situation currently to determine if a smaller event or a two-day event makes sense for our vendors. We have worked diligently since the spring to organize the event and again are disappointed but support our partner’s difficult decision.”

Operated in concert with Amtrak and the cities of Huntington, Charleston, and Hinton West Virginia, the Autumn Colors Express operates the route of the former New River Train from Huntington and Charleston to Hinton through the New River Gorge. In 2019, the newly created Autumn Colors Express welcomed over 3,000 passengers from around the world to the region.

Welcome to the Autumn Colors Express!

This is the Autumn Colors Express, the six decade-old train ride tradition linking Huntington and Charleston with the town of Hinton and their great Hinton Railroad Days Festival, transporting passengers through the heart of the New River Gorge National Park at the peak of the fall foliage season. Travel aboard luxurious private railcars as you take in the views of West Virginia, on this amazing rail excursion. Taking place October 21-24, 2021 we’d love to see you on board!

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