Montgomery, WV (MNG)
The railroad runs through the center of this small community located on the Kanawha River. Platted in 1876, Montgomery was a busy shipping center for more than two dozen coal operations by the early 20th century.
Third Avenue and Washington Street
Montgomery, WV 25136
Annual Station Ridership (2016): 669
- Facility Ownership: CSXT
- Parking Lot Ownership: Montgomery City Parking Authority
- Platform Ownership: CSXT, City of Montgomery
- Track Ownership: CSXT
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The Amtrak stop in Montgomery consists of a small modern metal canopy, built around 2003, on the platform which is fenced from the surrounding streets with decorative wrought iron and landscaped with potted plants. The former Chesapeake and Ohio Railway (C&O, now CSXT) tracks run between Second and Third Avenues in the center of this small town.
A brick depot of early 20th century style was torn down by the C&O in the 1970s. After Amtrak took over passenger rail service on this route on May 1, 1971, many stations that did not immediately become Amtrak stops were removed by the C&O to reduce property taxes. This stop was reinstated some time after the removal of the station because of the proximity of the West Virginia Institute of Technology.
Montgomery is situated on the south bank of the Kanawha River on land acquired by Levi Morris, son of the first permanent settler in the Great Kanawha Valley, and is 27 miles southeast of Charleston, the state capital. The Coal Valley Company originally platted the town in 1876, changing its name from Montgomery’s Landing – after early settler James Montgomery – to Coal Valley. Until 1890, the C&O stop here was called Cannelton, which was actually the name of the post office across the Kanawha River. The community was renamed Montgomery in 1891.
The town’s growth was influenced by the construction of the Kanawha & Michigan Railroad on the opposite side of the river, the erection of a new bridge across the river and the connection of the Virginian Railway with the C&O, at Deepwater, a few miles from Montgomery. By the early 1910s, the town had become a shipping center for 26 coal operations, and was the largest town in Fayette County.
For more than a century, Montgomery was home to the West Virginia University Institute of Technology. Founded as Montgomery Preparatory School in 1895, it began offering engineering degrees in 1952 as a four-year college. It became part of West Virginia University in 1996, and a full division of that university in 2007, offering Bachelor’s degrees in engineering, business, medical sciences and social studies. In 2017, the campus relocated south to Beckley, W. Va.
The New River Excursion trains, which have run since 1966 every fall at peak foliage-viewing season, stop at the Montgomery station to board passengers. This is the last stop by these chartered Amtrak trains before entering the New River Gorge and continuing to Hinton.
Amtrak does not provide ticketing or baggage services at this station, which is served by the tri-weekly Cardinal (Westbound: Sunday, Wednesday, Friday; Eastbound: Wednesday, Friday, Sunday).
Platform with Shelter
- 5 Short Term Parking Spaces
Number of spaces available for Amtrak passengers to park for the day only not overnight. Parking fees may apply.
- Accessible Payphones
- Accessible Platform
Accessible platform is a barrier-free path from the drop-off area outside the station to the station platform.
- Accessible Restrooms
- Accessible Ticket Office
- Accessible Waiting Room
- Accessible Water Fountain
- Baggage Storage
Baggage storage is an area where passengers may store their bags equivalent to 'left luggage' in Europe. A storage fee may apply.
- Bike Boxes
- Checked Baggage
- Dedicated Parking
- Enclosed Waiting Area
- Help With Luggage
- High Platform
A high platform is a platform at the level of the vestibule of the train with the exception of Superliners.
Self-service lockers are available in select stations for passenger baggage storage
- Long-term Parking Spaces
Number of spaces available for Amtrak passengers to park overnight. Parking fees may apply.
- Parking Attendant
- Pay Phones
- Shipping Boxes
- Ski Bags
- Wheelchair Lift
Wheelchair lift is a platform-mounted lift for loading passengers from low platforms onto trains that do not have onboard ramps.