5230
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.
Rating (4.9)
Program No. 5230RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,279

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.

General Notes

Airport transfer at added cost.
Featured Expert
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Lars Byrne
A licensed railroad engineer, Lars Byrne volunteers for the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad Association and served as editor of the Sentinel — the B&O Railroad Historical Society’s bimonthly magazine from 1989 to 1994. Lars graduated from Alderson-Broaddus with a degree in education, and has been in the printing business for nearly 40 years. He enjoyed participating in Civil War reenactments and serves on the Civil War Advisory Board for the West Virginia Humanities Council.

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

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Lars Byrne
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Cindy Woodworth
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Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Durbin and Greenbrier Valley Railroad
by Carleton Olegario M. Ximo
Cass at 50: A Half-Century of West Virginia's Unique State Park
by Richard Sparks
A History of West Virginia
by Anna Egan Smucker
Articles on West Virginia Railroads, Including : Cass Scenic Railroad State Park, Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad, West Virginia Railroad Museum, Durbin
by Hephaestus Books





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