Posts Tagged ‘Asheville North Carolina’

Amtrak in Ashville

February 2, 2021

For the 1996 National Railway Historical Society convention held in Charlotte, North Carolina, Amtrak provided a chartered train that made a circle trip on Norfolk Southern.

The train traveled via Asheville, North Carolina, The scenic highlights included traversing the famed loops east of the city and coming down Saluda grade, the steepest mainline railroad grade in the United States.

The train is shown here in an NS yard in Asheville where passengers had a layover.

Shortly after this image was made, NS added two of its freight locomotives to the front of the train to provide additional braking power on Saluda grade.

Most of the passenger cars were Amtrak equipment with a few borrowed from the fleet of the North Carolina Department of Transportation for use on Piedmont service trains.

Amtrak has never provided scheduled service to Asheville although the Southern Railway did for a time in the early years of Amtrak.

Ashville May Get Amtrak Bus Connection

February 25, 2019

North Carolina lawmakers are considering funding a bus connection from Asheville, North Carolina to the Amtrak network.

The transportation committee of the House of Representatives is considering two-year program to spend $890,000 for the bus connection between Asheville and Salisbury, which is served by Amtrak’s Piedmont Service, Carolinian and Crescent.

Asheville regional public officials are hoping that North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper will agree to the funding.

If the funding is approved, the bus connection could begin in 2020. Longer term, Asheville interests hope to see a rail connection established.

Asheville was served by the Southern Railway until that service ended in 1975.