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#1 snvboy

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Posted 20 October 2016 - 12:45 PM

I just returned from a lovely weekend in West Virginia, getting there and back on the Cardinal (trip report coming soon).

 

Did some exploring of the New River Gorge, and picked up this map at the visitor center. I still had it in my pocket on the train ride back home and it was a great resource to see what was what that was flying past my window on the train.

 

Traveling westbound, you'll start this map at the bottom right at "John Henry Monument" and you can follow the tracks on the map west to Hinton, and the north along the river all the way until you run off the side of the map at "To Charleston."

 

You can download the map here:

https://www.nps.gov/...ERI_ParkMap.pdf

 

in case that link dies in the future, hopefully this one will still get you there:

https://www.nps.gov/...rvisit/maps.htm



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Posted 28 May 2017 - 04:08 AM

Interesting map, thanks for posting that link. I wonder if it's advantageous(in terms of daylight) to travel on the Cardinal east, or west through the New River Gorge area?



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Posted 28 May 2017 - 04:32 AM

Eastbound. On the westbound schedule you need an on-time train and to be traveling around the spring Equinox to get through the gorge before sunset.

 

Current schedule is here: https://www.amtrak.c...dule-050117.pdf

 

And I still haven't gotten my trip report done on this one.



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Posted 28 May 2017 - 06:13 PM

Eastbound. On the westbound schedule you need an on-time train and to be traveling around the spring Equinox to get through the gorge before sunset.

 

Current schedule is here: https://www.amtrak.c...dule-050117.pdf

 

And I still haven't gotten my trip report done on this one.

Thanks for the response. I will remember that, if I do decide to do a USA Rail Pass trip over eastern US Amtrak linesone day, and(very likely will) include the Cardinal among the trains I go on. At the moment, I was more thinking about doing a USA Rail Pass for the western half of the country, and traveling on the Southwest Chief(Chicago to LA), Coast Starlight(up to Seattle), and Empire Builder(back to Chicago). Debating if I should do one more Amtrak line on the side, such as Pacific Surfliner(to San Diego) or Cascades(maybe to Bellingham).






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