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The Cardinal

amtk_route_Cardinal The Cardinal is a three-times-a-week long distance passenger train operated by Amtrak between New York Penn Station and Chicago Union Station, with major intermediate stops at Philadelphia, Washington, Charlottesville, Charleston, Huntington, Cincinnati, and Indianapolis. Trains depart New York on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and depart Chicago on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. The 1,146-mile trip between the two ends of the route takes 26.5 hours. The Cardinal is the successor of several previous trains, primarily the New York Central (later Penn Central) James Whitcomb Riley and the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway's George Washington. The James Whitcomb Riley was a daytime all-coach train which operated between Chicago and Cincinnati, via Indianapolis, while the George Washington was a C&O sleeper that ran between Cincinnati, Washington, and Newport News, Virginia. Both routes survived until the formation of Amtrak in 1971. The current Cardinal operates over Amtrak, CSX Transportation, Norfolk Southern, Buckingham Branch Railroad, Canadian National Railway, Union Pacific Railroad, and Metra trackage and uses standard single-level Amtrak equipment from the Amfleet and Viewliner rosters.
Between the front door of America's Eastern Seaboard, Amtrak's famous Northeast Corridor, and the equally well-known delights of the Windy City, Chicago, lies the gateway to the American South and the unparalleled wonders of the journey westward through America's mid-Atlantic and southeastern heartlands. From twinkling Northeast cityscapes to famous Civil War battlefields; from the Blue Ridge Mountain chain and the Shenandoah Valley to West Virginia's wild and wonderful whitewater rivers; from the fabulous window on geologic history at the New River Gorge to the Kanawha River's thunder into a 1,300-ft. canyon below; from quiet coal mining towns to the beautifully illuminated nighttime skyline of Charleston, the capital city, and on to the great plains and Chicago -- the Cardinal takes you on an unforgettable journey through history and adventure.


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Cardinal route map / web


1967 timetable

See also our complete Thurmond West Virginia historical collection in Lagniappe

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This page was updated on 2016-11-21