Citing the Governor’s recent mandate on large gatherings, the recent postponement of the Hinton Railroad Days Festival, and the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis, Railexco today announces that the 2020 Autumn Colors Express, scheduled for this October 22-25, to a tentative date of October 21-24, 2021.
Autumn Colors Express is a train excursion running between Huntington, Charleston, and Hinton, WV each fall, and is in its second year of new ownership by Railexco. This 55-year tradition of autumn train trips through the New River Gorge is a well-loved staple of West Virginia tourism, and its halfway point, the Hinton Railroad Days Festival, is Hinton’s largest event of the year, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for local nonprofits. The festival has also been postponed to 2021, concurrent with ACE.
Railexco Marketing Officer Lou Capwell: “We’re saddened by the postponement of this great event, and can’t wait to get back on the rails as soon as possible. Celebrating our great partner cities of Huntington, Charleston and Hinton with this event is a huge part of our season and this fall won’t be the same without visiting all of our friends in West Virginia. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to our support from state and local agencies who have worked so hard to make this event a reality, and particularly to US Senator Joe Manchin, whose office was instrumental in the success of our 2019 debut.”
Railexco CEO Adam Auxier: “We’re proud of the work we’ve done with ACE over the past eighteen months, and we wish we were able to put on the 2020 event. We’d like to thank our nonprofit partners for their support and dedication- The C&O Historical Society, Fort Wayne Rail Historical Society, Kentucky Steam Heritage Corp., and Friends of the 261. We’re confident that 2021 will be our best year yet, and we’re excited to bring this great event back to the New River Gorge”
Tickets for the 2021 Autumn Colors Express are on sale now, online at acewva.com or by calling 1-844-RAILEX-9