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WEST VIRGINIA NORTHERN RAILROAD
P.O. BOX 424
KINGWOOD, WEST VIRGINIA 26537 -USA
Location: KINGWOOD, WV (LOCATED APPROXIMATELY 1/2 HOUR EAST OF MORGANTOWN).
Phone: 800-253-1065
2nd Phone: 304-329-3333
Web Site: http://www.wvrail.railfan.net/wvnrr.html
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Comments/Directions:
The WVN provides a scenic, relaxing, and educational 10.7 mile (21 mile round-trip) from Kingwood, WV to Tunnelton, WV. At Tunnelton a connection remains with the CSX on the ex-B&O's famous West End Division, with frequent CSX traffic. A coal-hauling railroad dating back to the 1880's, the line consists of steep grades and tight curves. A double switch-back and the third steepest grade in the state (4.77%) highlight the journey. Equipment is a mixture of refurbished Long Island commuter cars and Erie Lackawanna MU electric cars. Motive power for the journey is a very rare EMD SW-1200 equipped with dynamic brakes. This engine was bought new by the WVN, with the dynamic brake feature being almost a necessity. Trains depart the Kingwood Junction yard office every Saturday, Sunday and Holiday at 11 am and 3 PM. Special trains are run for fall foliage and charters are available. Call for further details and a full color brochure.
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