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Riding the Rails: Four Vintage Rides Through Spring Flowers

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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.
As spring blossoms emerge in the West Virginia mountains, ride aboard unique excursion trains featuring vintage passenger coaches of the early 1900s. See Heisler steam engines up close and experience Shay and Climax engines in operation as they pull you along switchbacks, past mountain vistas and through peaceful river gorges. Visit an operating train maintenance shop, experience a dinner train and a mountain theater production, and explore the National Radio Astronomy Observatory.


• Ride such historic and vintage trains as the Cass Scenic Railroad, Cheat Mountain Salamander and Durbin Rocket — powered by one of the world’s rarest locomotives.
• Go inside the steam-engine repair shop in the former lumber town of Cass to watch the mechanics work.
• Meet with experts at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory to view and learn about the world’s largest fully steerable, single-aperture telescope.

Program Notes

You may enjoy an autumn version of this program, “Riding the Rails: Four Vintage Train Rides Thru Brilliant Fall Colors (#5230).

Activity Notes

Minimal walking and standing. Stairs on and off trains.

Coordinated by BridgeValley Community and Technical College

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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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