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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.
All aboard for a train-lover’s adventure in the mountains of West Virginia! Ride the road made of steel through the Alleghenies and feel the power of working Shay, Heisler, and possibly a Climax locomotive as they tow you along switchbacks, mountain vistas and river gorges. Watch mechanics working their magic in an operating train maintenance shop, sing railroad songs and dine while your ride aboard the vintage passenger coaches of the early 1900s. Between train rides, enjoy performances of traditional Appalachian music and explore the galaxy at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory.


• Embark on journeys aboard the Cass Scenic Railroad, Cheat Mountain Salamander and even the Durbin Rocket, a train powered by one of the world’s rarest steam locomotives.
• Go inside the steam-engine repair shop in the lumber town of Cass to watch mechanics perform maintenance on their fleet of steam engines.
• Meet astronomers exploring the skies with the world's largest fully steerable, single-aperture telescope and tap your toes to the music of West Virginia during three performances.

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Minimal walking and standing. Stairs on and off of trains and buses.

Coordinated by BridgeValley Community and Technical College

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at no additional cost on this date ...
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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