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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. 5230STR-RSBLOG
Length
6 days
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1,299
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.
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,299
Program No. 5230 STR-RSBLOG
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DATES & PRICES

No shuttle Roundtrip airport transfer
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Excludes round-trip airport shuttle transfers to and from the program location.

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Includes round-trip airport shuttle transfers to and from the program location.

Sep 26 - Oct 1, 2021
No transfer 1,299
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,429

DATES & PRICES

No shuttle Roundtrip airport transfer
Accommodation Details

Excludes round-trip airport shuttle transfers to and from the program location.

Accommodation Details

Includes round-trip airport shuttle transfers to and from the program location.

Sep 26 - Oct 1, 2021
No transfer 1,599
Roundtrip airport transfer 1,729

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.
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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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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.
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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.
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John Rossbach lifts up his audiences with the lilt of old time mandolin melodies and fires them up with driving banjo breakdowns! In his roots and branches program, he'll trace the musical roots of our culture that grew into traditional Appalachian music. His compelling songs, horrible puns and outrageous tall tales take his audience for a fun ride through the fascinating world of traditional Appalachian folk music. John has recently returned to his West Virginia roots after traveling across the country for over twenty years.
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Vicky Casto was born and reared in West Virginia. She retired from the WV Department of Transportation in 2017 after 39 years of service. She is an experienced Group Leader and has successfully guided the participants through numerous Road Scholar programs. Now that both of her sons are grown, she spends her leisure time as a “crafter” in knitting, basket weaving, pottery, and wood carving. Vicky has traveled extensively including Wyoming, South Dakota, the Grand Teton, Yellowstone, Devils Tower, Crazy Horse, Mount Rushmore, and Sturgis.
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Jan Hensley has worked as a Program Coordinator in the Community Education Division of BridgeValley Community and Technical College (BVCTC) for more than five years. She earned her B.S. in Psychology from Eastern Kentucky University and an M.S. from UT/Knoxville. She has taught computer skills, résumé development, grant-writing, and professional development programs. Since serving as an Assistant Group Leader and a Site Coordinator for Road Scholar, Jan is now the Program Coordinator for the Road Scholar programs at BVCTC, where she designed an Intergenerational program.
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Kassi Parrish graduated from college in Steubenville, Ohio in 1981; later earning certificates from Ohio State University and Duke University. After working in public schools for more than 20 years and BridgeValley Community & Technical College for more than nine years, she was ready for something outside the classroom. Kassi now serves as an Instructor/Instructional Specialist for the college and for Road Scholar as a Group Leader. She and her husband have a farm outside of Fayetteville, WV, where they go hiking, hunting, and fishing.
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.
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
Durbin and Greenbrier Valley Railroad
by Carleton Olegario M. Ximo





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