Waiting to Board One Last Time in Roanoke

A crowd of passengers waits to board Amtrak’s last eastbound Hilltopper in Roanoke, Virginia.

The date is Sept. 30, 1979, and No. 66 is making it final jaunt from remote Catlettsburg, Kentucky, to Boston by way of West Virginia and Virginia.

I rode the train from Catlettsburgh to Richmond, Virginia, before disembarking.

For much of its history, the Hilltopper was lightly patronized. So it was amazing how many people turned out to ride it on its last day.

This would not be the last passenger train in Roanoke, though. Westbound counterpart No. 67 would make its last stop here later in the day.

Also, many excursions trains, some pulled by home-built Norfolk & Western No. 611 would depart from Roanoke over the years during the two iterations of the Norfolk Southern steam program.

Amtrak itself would return to Roanoke 38 years after the demise of the Hilltopper when it extended a Northeast Regional train there in October 2017.

Perhaps some of those in this crowd were on hand to welcome Amtrak back that day.

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