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Railroad provides unique view of the Mountain State

June 28, 2012
By Anthony Gaynor - Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

The Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad has several train rides for visitors in Elkins to see the beauty of the Mountain State by riding the rails.

The railroad features a variety of rides, with some departing the historic Elkins Depot that is adjacent to the American Mountain Theater and The Railyard Restaurant. The rides vary in length and offer views of several sights as the train snakes its way through the mountains.

This year, the Mountain Explorer dinner train will be rumbling down the tracks and through scenic West Virginia backcountry. The four-hour trip offers passenger a four-course gourmet meal that is prepared in the train's dining car. Destinations on the trip vary throughout the year and several dates feature special events.

The New Tygart Flyer visits more remote regions of West Virginia. The 46-mile, four-hour trip features two mountain grades, an "S" curve tunnel and miles of unspoiled wilderness. The steamliner climbs along the cascading Shavers Fork of the Cheat River into a deep canyon and makes a stop at the 18-foot high, 150-wide water fall, the High Falls of Cheat.

A cold buffet lunch is included in the ticket price and is served on the train.

The ride is aboard a climate-controlled passenger train, and some passengers can even board the 1922 deluxe Pullman Palace car. The car features seating in cushioned armchairs and features excellent viewing opportunities from the rear of the train. The Pullman Palace car features an upgraded buffet and a selection of wine available for purchase.

The Durbin Rocket departs the Durbin station in Pocahontas County and is powered by Old No. 3, one of only three operating Climax geared logging locomotives in existence. The ride covers 10.5 miles through the Monongahela National Forest.

The 55-ton antique engine was built in 1910 for the Moore-Keppel Lumber Co., and today visitors can ride in 1920s-era coaches. The ride takes about two hours and provides several views of the unspoiled forest.

The Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad also features the Castaway Caboose, an overnight stay on a refurbished caboose at two remote locations along the Greenbrier River. The railroad offers two original refurbished Wabas RR cabooses that allow campers to escape the modern world.

Campers have a fully furnished room and bathroom for up to six guests in the caboose, and firewood is available for a campfire that evening. In the morning, the train returns to pull campers back home.

The railroad also offers several special trains throughout the year including murder mystery trains and stargazing trips.

The Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad is located on Railroad Avenue in Elkins.

For more information on any of the trips and other special packages, anyone interested can call 304-636-9477 or 1-877-686-7245 or visit



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