New Tourist Rail Offerings Gain Momentum
In West Virginia Mountains
The Durbin & Greenbrier Valley and its “Mountain Rail Adventures” brand is looking forward to another year of serving visitors from all across the United States and World.
In Elkins, the New Tygart Flyer and Cheat Mountain Salamander trains will provide breathtaking views along the Shavers Fork of the Cheat as climate-controlled vintage passenger trains take visitors to some of West Virginia’s most unspoiled mountain terrain. With a mix of weekend and weekday schedules, passengers will have the opportunity to coordinate their visits in conjunction with other local area attractions. Elkins and the Randolph County area continues to diversify its tourist base with wonderful add-on activities that compliment existing train schedules. Explore Elkins and experience its local charm and great restaurants. Allow the Mountain Rail staff to plan the adventure and build a vacation package directly through the railroad.
About one hour south of Elkins, steam trains will be operating six days a week in Cass and nearby Durbin in beautiful Pocahontas County. Dubbed as “Nature’s Playground,” Pocahontas County and the Cass Scenic Railroad are home to the World’s largest collection of geared Shay steam locomotives. Here, visitors will step back in time and experience the town of Cass just as it was in the early 20th century. Remnants of the original Sawmill and the restored company store and company houses give Cass a nostalgic feel unlike any other destination in the Mountain State.
At the railroad you’ll travel through West Virginia’s most secluded forests, across tight switchbacks, and alongside mountain ridges that provide beautiful views. Cass has two distinct rail offerings, including a 2-hour train ride to Whittaker Station and the full 4.5-hour ride to the Bald Knob overlook. On clear days, the Bald Knob overlook, nestled at an elevation of more than 4,800 feet, passengers will have the opportunity to look across the Appalachians and into the State of Virginia. These mountain vistas and the historic appeal of Cass draws more than 40,000 visitors to this overlook annually.
In addition to weekday and weekend trips this spring and summer, Mountain Rail is also offering a series of special events. Dinner trains, Wild West Weekend Adventures, and other specially themed venues can be found online at the railroad’s website here.
Pro-tip: Mountain Rail recommends that all passengers secure advanced reservations as trains oftentimes sell out in advance. Popular weekend dates in the summer and fall are already sold out.
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