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Two upcoming events October 20 - 22-23-24-25
The Cincinnati Daylight Express - Amtrak pulling a consist of private cars from Chicago to Cincinnati and on to Huntington WV - October 20
The ACE Autumn Colors Express - again Amtrak pulling even more private cars from Huntington WV to Hinton WV (route of the Amtrak Cardinal {trains 50 & 51}]
this on October 22 23 24 25

LINKs - websites:

Cincinnati Express: ANNOUNCING: Cincinnati Daylight Express-October 20th!

ACE: Grab a Coach Seat on Autumn Colors Express!

I will be riding both of these - pray that that Covid 19 thing doesn't derail this whole sheb-bang !
 

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So far no indication of this being a NO-GO - - -
May have a MASKED bandito requirement and there
maybe some distance spacing in some of the cars.
With baited breath awaiting a chance for some
degree of liberation and libation from the status
quo quarantine.
 

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Steve:
you did note that the event has been moved 1 year later - same agenda - check the ACE website for details.
The Chicago Cincinnati Daylight Express trip YES does operate on a Tuesday but the Huntington events are
on Thursday Friday Saturday and Sunday - so you have at least two non-school days to work with.
 

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At least by running the ACE event over 4 days it makes it possible to work up a schedule with the Amtrak 50-51 Cardinal to get there.
Air service not so great with small regional commuter jets and a change of planes (flights).
Now to wait out the 14 month quarantine till the event !
 

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The Huntington Tri-State Airport is a fun place to fly into. If it hasn't changed since my last visit to Huntington to work New River Train there are two doors. One with the Allegiant logo and one with the American logo. You can always guarantee what gate your flight is going to be and you board from the tarmac.

Allegiant actually runs decent sized jets on the route if they run from places you live in. That said I would never fly on them as I've heard they have an abysmal maintenance record. But I believe they run MD88 and A320 style planes on those routes.
 

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Hmm.... this is tempting but without any mention of lower capacity because of covid I’m not sure if I can justify it.

I wouldn’t feel comfortable in a dome car with every seat filled for an entire day, especially with no masks.
 

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Time to rethink about this - a few seats left on that Cincinnati Daylight Trip and the 4 day ACE event at Huntington WV
Cincinnati trip Tuesday October 19 - 11 am departure from Chicago with 261 private rolling stock - - -
ACE event Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday October 21-22-23-24 --- see website for details (20 some private varnish cars in the consist)
 

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Once again that damn virus POSTPHONES the ACE event another year.
Unless cancelling altogether the reservations are being rolled over into next year.
The related Cincinnati Daylight Express consist for the event is also postphoned.

I was so looking forward to this - to get my railroad FIX no vaccination required and now this disappointment !
 

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Gee, I have everything set to take 50 & 51 to Hinton and back that weekend. I wonder if RR Days will also not happen. I guess I could just go for the leaves and relative quiet of Hinton; Charlottesville is getting noisier beep beep beep beep🤯
 

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Once again that damn virus POSTPHONES the ACE event another year.
Unless cancelling altogether the reservations are being rolled over into next year.
The related Cincinnati Daylight Express consist for the event is also postphoned.

I was so looking forward to this - to get my railroad FIX no vaccination required and now this disappointment !
🥺😷
 

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Email posted - dates reservations seating requests have been rolled over one year in advance - Refund options ?
If you were holding reservations for this event you should receive the email explaining those options.

Your hotel and related travel to the event is not covered - back to the redrawing board !

Damn that virus is snatching defeat from the jaws of victory again !
 

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Argggh!!! We are leaving from Hinton on the 24th to head to Colorado. Hope the tourist train doesn't cause any parking problems for us. Looks like it departs Hinton 2 hours before our scheduled departure but it may mean Hinton parking lot is full of visitors.

D**m tourists! Always getting in the way of us real travelers. :)
 

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Argggh!!! We are leaving from Hinton on the 24th to head to Colorado. Hope the tourist train doesn't cause any parking problems for us. Looks like it departs Hinton 2 hours before our scheduled departure but it may mean Hinton parking lot is full of visitors.

D**m tourists! Always getting in the way of us real travelers. :)
The "tourist train" has been canceled for 2021. So, I doubt if that will impact your parking situation.
 

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Argggh!!! We are leaving from Hinton on the 24th to head to Colorado. Hope the tourist train doesn't cause any parking problems for us. Looks like it departs Hinton 2 hours before our scheduled departure but it may mean Hinton parking lot is full of visitors.

D**m tourists! Always getting in the way of us real travelers. :)
The Tourist Train event (ACE) has been postponed till next year

This "Tourists Train" would not have had any impact catching the Cardinal #51 station operation at Hinton WV.
The tourist train was scheduled to leave Huntington in the am with a stop at Charleston and arriving at Hinton mid day for a 3 hour stop
before returning back to Charleston and Huntington arriving approximately 7 pm - - -
The Amtrak Cardinal train #51 follows all this about 3 hours later - Huntington at 10 pm
The only parking concern would be at Huntington and lesser so at Charleston - - -
The parking question at Hinton would be vendors and visitors - but you are traveling on the last day of the event so no worry at all !
Everyone should have closed up shop and gone home by the time of your travels.
 

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Whew! Thanks for the reminder. I was worried that even at the later hour that the visitors and vendors would not have been gone and their cars would have still filled the parking lot and there would be no place even to stop close to drop off her and the bags.
 
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