West Virginia
Riding the Rails: Vintage Trains in the West Virginia Mountains
Explore West Virginia aboard classic trains, including the historic Shay and Heisler steam engines, and stop at a steam-engine repair shop.
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Program No. 5230RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

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 and Heisler locomotives as they tow you along switchbacks, mountain vistas and river gorges. Watch mechanics working their magic on a Climax engine 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 train songs and traditional Appalachian music.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Minimal walking and standing. Stairs on and off of trains and buses. Elevations up to 4,900 feet.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Embark on journeys aboard the nationally recognized Cass Scenic Railroad, The Mountain Explorer Dinner Train and two other historic trains.
  • Go inside the steam-engine repair shop in the lumber town of Cass to watch mechanics perform maintenance on their fleet of Shay, Heisler and Climax steam engines.
  • Tap your toes to the music of West Virginia during three live musical performances including a dinner theatre program.
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Mick Souter
Mick Souter is West Virginia’s “bard of education,” a performing artist who combines songs and stories to both educate and entertain. Mick has presented more than 3,000 concert programs over the past 18 years in educational settings. He is a singer, storyteller and versatile instrumentalist who plays banjo, guitar, dulcimer, violin, autoharp, mandolin, piano, recorder and harmonica. Mick’s up-beat shows have received high praise from educators, principals, counselors and students.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Linda Nielsen
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