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Riding the Rails: Step Aboard Vintage Trains in the West Virginia Mountains

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6 Days | 5 Nights
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding, and rewarding, programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Marilane from Memphis, TN Number of programs attended: 17
Date attended: 09/27/15 - 10/02/15
We have just returned from our railroad adventure in West Virginia. What a great time! Despite a lot of rain and fog, we had a wonderful time. The program was well organized and packed with interesting train rides, nightly musicians, great food, great facts about the area, and capable, knowledgeable leaders. Of the 20 trips we have done with road scholar, this one ranks right at the top. We have a couple of unavoidable complications which were handled with smart decisions and wit. The group leaders were fun and creative. We will long remember the wonderful people of West Virginia

Geraldine from Pittsburgh, PA Number of programs attended: 17
Date attended: 09/27/15 - 10/02/15
Oh SHAY I now see why you fascinate me - - - big, black, smoky, powerful, beautiful!!! Vintage trains and WV scenery are a winning combination. Go Ride the Rails. Jeri Williams

Jarvis from McDonough, GA Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 06/21/15 - 06/26/15
What could better evoke true memories for some . . . and for others, keen visions of the past in the beautiful West Virginia Mountains than riding the old Appalachian rail lines pulled by the restored original coal and diesel fired engines? In all our railroading activities and adventures, our company of fellow Road Scholars shared a lively common interest! We got to meet and know the actual engineers, firemen, brakemen and dining car cooks and waiters. And we met the most remarkable and delightful licensed train conductor in North America (a true distinction for a young woman who is still currently a college student)! The most excellent lecturers and the truly outstanding singers and musicians were applauded loud and long during our evenings of entertainment. The history and actual operating trains of several old West Virginia railroads are exceptionally well preserved and the tour of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and Green Bank Telescope was an outstanding field trip!

Sara from Jupiter, FL Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 06/21/15 - 06/26/15
A delightful program for anyone who loves train travel and wants to know more about some of the earliest train engines and cars.

Robert from Cleveland, OH Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 06/21/15 - 06/26/15
You don't have to be a rail buff to enjoy this program. My wife and I just enjoy riding trains. The rail experts in our group were very willing to share their knowledge, and that enhanced the experience. The group leaders were well organized and knowledgeable. They were eager to introduce us to West Virginia and Appalachia, and they did a superb job of doing so.

Fairel from Sebastopol, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/21/14 - 09/26/14
Fabulous Adventure! Met wonderful people and enjoy myself tremendously. Especially the local "color at Al's

Richard from Londonderry, NH Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 09/21/14 - 09/26/14
This trip is a must for any rail buff.

Dennis from Jackson Hts, NY Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 09/21/14 - 09/26/14
Interesting ride on the Cass Scenic Railway and tour of the site.

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5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
7 Field trips
3 Performances


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