Several people may feel that train rides are outdated as well as a bit old-fashioned these days. However, when you think about, there are several brownie points–it is hassle-free, extremely convenient, and gives you a lot of knowledge on the places you cross. Also, there is no traffic congestion on train rides. Today, some of the historic steam engine trains and contemporary passenger trains of West Virginia are used for day tours. They are managed by different train organizations and you have the choice to pick up a tour as per your specific requirements. There are tours with historic stops and dinner trains, too. In case you are planning to travel to the state soon, you can opt from these most scenic train rides in West Virginia, USA.
1. New River Train
If you are one of those innumerable railway buffs and love admiring the scenic beauty en route, a trip on the New River Train is perfect for you. The train runs just four times every year on the weekends of October and the tickets are exorbitantly priced but are worth it. This rail trip covers about 482.80 km (300 mi) and takes its passengers through the New River Gorge National River of West Virginia. Passengers can board this train from St. Alban’s or Huntington for traveling to Hinton and back. The prices of the train ticket can vary based on the kind of service provided. Premium services, for example, constitute dinner as well as continental breakfast but coach service is not inclusive of these facilities. You can purchase non-alcoholic beverages and snacks on the train while food can be purchased when the train stops in Hinton.
New River Train
Website: New River Train
2. Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad
Get set to enjoy a round-trip journey from Wappocomo Station in Romney by the Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad. The entire journey takes around three hours and the train passes through the Potomac River’s south branch, an area inhabited by the American bald eagles. Watching these eagles flying over the Potomac River is a great experience. The train crosses towns like Petersburg and Moorfield. The company also comes up with themed train trips from time to time including murder mystery trains and train trivia night. The departure point for all trains here happens to be in Romney, which is less than three hours car ride from the capital city of Washington DC, as well as about three hours from Pittsburgh. You can avail of the onboard concession food stand or come aboard with your own snacks. PotomacEagle Scenic Railroad makes all-day trips although the majority of the trips last for a little more than three hours. The rides run in the months of May to September on Saturdays, daily in the month of October, and only on weekends in early November.
Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad
Website: Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad
3. Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad
Welcome to Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad that offers four distinct picturesque railroad excursions! It offers a short ride option for about 2.5 hours while the longer one lasts for around 8.5 hours. While most of the train rides are available only on the weekends during the months of May to September, there are some weekend departures also in the month of October every year. Also, some of the tickets for the train ride comprise a delicious sandwich buffet and the prices of the tickets can also vary according to the season and trip. We highly recommend you to go for advanced reservations because of the heavy rush. The majority of the trains depart from Elkins though the Durbin Rocket leaves from the Durbin station. On the other hand, the Cheat Mountain Salamander enables round-trip departures from Cheat Bridge as well as Elkins. The Mountain Explorer Dinner Train and the New Tygart Flyer depart from Elkins.
Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad
Website: Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad
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4. Cass Scenic Railroad
You will enjoy the experience of this relaxing rail ride on a steam engine that has been thoroughly restored. Casa Scenic Railroad departs from a tiny town called Cass in the state of West Virginia. The train crosses the famous Cass Scenic Railroad State Park. You can choose between a journey of 4.5 hours to Bald Knob through the mountains or a trip that lasts for about two hours and includes a return trip to Whittaker Station. The second option gives you adequate time for exploring the Whittaker Logging History Museum. Ticket fares for the ride to Whittaker Station are exclusive of lunch. However, passengers can purchase food from the concession stand of Whittaker Station or carry snacks from their homes. The trains run on all Saturdays in the month of May as well as on all the days in the Memorial Day weekend. These trains also operate from Tuesdays to Sundays for a majority of days in August. Between the period of late August to mid-September, the train rides are available from Friday to Sunday. These rides are also available from mid-September to late October from Tuesday to Sunday.
Cass Scenic Railroad
Website: Cass Scenic Railroad
History and transportation of West Virginia
West Virginia is blessed with natural beauty in abundance including deep valleys, peaceful retreats, and a great adventure. Train rides in this beautiful American state can be a wonderful experience if you plan to visit the place for your vacation. Here is our list of some of the most scenic train rides in West Virginia, the USA to have a great time ahead.
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