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New River Train

New River Train

 

 

1323 8th Ave. P.O. Box 393, Huntington, WV 25701 866-639-7487

The Collis P. Huntington Railroad Historical Society (CPH) is one of 160 National Railway Historical Societies in the United States. Founded in 1959 and became a part of the NRHS the same year. Our goals as a chapter are: “Preserve documents and artifacts of railroad history, to promote the use and improvement of the present railroad industry, to acquire and restore rolling stock for display and operations, and to generally encourage public interest in the ongoing story of the North American railroads.” Written on the WV State Historical Marker: Chesapeake & Ohio- 1308-----The 1308, built in 1949, was one of the last working steam locomotives built by Baldwin Locomotive Works for a Class 1 railroad in the U.S. It primarily hauled coal from Logan County. Retired from C & O Railway service in 1956. Moved in September 1962 to its present location. The 1308 was placed on the National Register of Historic Places January 31, 2003. A non-profit organization ( 501(c)3 ) in West Virginia, it is named for Collis Potter Huntington, who was one of the major investors in the Central Pacific Railroad; it became part of the first transcontinental railroad in the United States. He was active in many railroad ventures. His second most important venture was in connecting the Atlantic Seaboard with the Ohio River. He accomplished this goal in 1873 with the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway in the newly planned city bearing his last name.

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