Meeting set with Amtrak over West Virginia's New River Train

FILE - in this April 25, 2017, file photo, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va. listens to a reporter's question before a policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington. Senate Republicans landed a top-tier candidate in West Virginia but have struggled to recruit well-known GOP challengers in several states where President Donald Trump romped and Democratic incumbents warily face re-election. Two-term Rep. Evan Jenkins on May 8 announced his bid against Manchin, West Virginia’s popular former governor whose conservative record often puts him at odds with his party and made him a possible member of Trump’s Cabinet. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A meeting is set with Amtrak officials to work toward keeping the New River Train service going in southern West Virginia this fall.
Congressman Evan Jenkins and U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin say they’ve arranged the meeting on Tuesday. Media outlets report it will be held at Amtrak’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Also scheduled to attend are representatives of the Collis P. Huntington Railroad Society, which operates the New River Train, and leaders from Hinton and Summers County.
Amtrak decided last month to end charter and special service trains, putting traditions such as the New River Train and Hinton Railroad Days in jeopardy. The New River Train is scheduled for late October from Huntington to Hinton.
Manchin says eliminate the service would take about $5 million from West Virginia’s economy.