This train does not run daily and at that only has one
sleeper car. It was dark when Evans, our car attendant, called, "Last
call for dinner in the diner." We went to the diner. Since both
the kitchen and seating are on one level, the dining room is about half the
size of a Superliner dining car. We enjoyed dinner with Alice and Ray
from Minnesota. Ray was a Field Manager for Butter Kernel canning
company. He manages the harvesting of peas, green beans, sweet corn,
and other vegetables for the dinner table. He and Alice had 10 kids
and lived on a farm for 25 years. They had a small room with bunk beds
and restroom facilities right across the aisle from us in the sleeper car.
After dinner it didn't take long for us to get to bed and sleep. I
was awakened only after the stop in Cincinnati about 6 a.m. I realized
I'd missed the station when I looked out my bedroom window to see the Cincinnati
Reds Statium (RiverFront Stadium) from across the Ohio River which put us
We followed the river east for some time and knowing we needed to be ready
to get off the train in Carleston, WV, we went to breakfast.
Bill and Clara Owen (below) were our breakfast partners and Bill quickly
announced that this was his 94th birthday. They had been married 70
years and were from Cincinnati, Ohio. He has owned a small print shop,
Surface Printing, in Cincinnati.
The consist of the Cardinal, which I quickly jotted down as the train
left the Charleston, WV, Station when we detrained, was:
Engine 200, Dorm/Lounge (with the lounge made into a checked baggace area)
2515, Sleeping Car 62021, Diner 8512, Cafe 28011, Coaches 25099, 25050, 25119,
and 8521 with the private car "Survivor" at the end.
We followed the Kanawha River into downtown Charleston, West Virginia,
and detrained there for the continuation of our summer vacation. Charleston
is the state capitol of West Virginia and as we were taking a cab to the
Chuck Yeager Airport, I snapped a quick picture.
Interesting cabless CSX engine.
Bridge over the Kanawha River in Charleston
photographed from the Amtrak Station.
Charleston, WV, Amtrak Station
Tracks on east to Washington, DC.
This concludes our train trip of the summer of 2003. If you have
not read the other travelogues I've written, please click one below, or return
to my TrainWeb Table of Contents by clicking the last link below...
Carl's Home Page at TrainWeb.com
One Photo Essay I've added from this trip is the Illinois Railway
, at Union, Illinois which you might enjoy. Click the
last link below and select the IRM page link there.
You might enjoy my commentary after this summer trip titled, Trains,
Planes, and Automobiles...I Choose Trains,
which you can reach by
clicking the last link below Carl's Home
Page at TrainWeb.com