|Service type||Inter-city rail|
|Locale||Eastern United States|
|Distance travelled||1,674 miles (2,694 km)|
|Average journey time||26 hours 35 minutes|
|Train number(s)||66, 67|
|Catering facilities||On-board cafe|
|Rolling stock||Amfleet coaches|
|Track gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)|
|Track owner(s)||Amtrak, RF&P, N&W|
The Hilltopper was a passenger train operated by Amtrak in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. It ran daily from the South Station in Boston, Massachusetts to Catlettsburg, Kentucky. The 1,674 mi (2,694 km) route made 34 intermediate stops in traversing 11 states and the District of Columbia. The Hilltopper was in operation beginning on June 1, 1977 in serving as a replacement for the discontinued Mountaineer. Initially the Hilltopper terminated at Washington, D.C., but on January 8, 1978 was combined with the Night Owl and extended to Boston.:73 The service would continue through October 1, 1979, when service was discontinued, and in the period since service has not returned to many of the places once served in Southwest Virginia and West Virginia.
Although the Hilltopper had a warm supporter in West Virginian congressman Harley Staggers, it was in the words of one author "cited by critics as an example of everything that was wrong with Amtrak" and it was one of several routes cut in October 1979 as part of a reorganization initiated by the Carter Administration.:51
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