West Virginia
Riding the Rails: Four Vintage Rides Through Spring Flowers
Program No. 20955RJ
6 days
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6 days
5 nights
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At a Glance

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.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • 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.

General Notes

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