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“Great train ride in the Fall”

Durbin and Greenbrier Valley Railroad
Ranked #1 of 1 Tours in Elkins
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed October 10, 2011

We took the Tygart Flyer in early October hoping to see some color in the mountains. We were not disappointed. First, we had paid a little extra for the Parlor car and it was definitely worth it. We had the table in the back corner by the engine going up. When you get close to the top, the train stops and the engine moves from the front, pulling the train, to the back and pushes it the rest of the way up. This freed up our view and we could then see everything. We got this same view all the way down. I have to say, we had the best seat! I took several pix from inside and they turned out really good. The autumn leaves were awesome. The stop at High Falls was so gorgeous. We spent about 45min. there and I took tons of pix. It was a beautiful day. You should be able to walk on uneven ground and it is a somewhat steep walk down and back up. I highly recommend this in the fall. Not sure how pretty it is at other times of the year. The food was mediocre, but I didn't make the trip for food. I was happy we took the trip.

7  Thank karensSouthernIN
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Reviewed September 19, 2011

We made our reservations a day or two in advance and the tickets were already printed at the ticket office at the train depot. The depot has many unique gifts and also free literature for all of the attractions in the area. We were informed by loudspeaker when to board and were greeted as we boarded the train. The staff was extremely friendly and knowledgeable with all of the sights and questions that all of the riders asked. There was always at least one staff member on each train car to inform the passengers what to look for along the trip. A buffet lunch was served and the food was plentiful and good. A server came around constantly and served or refilled drinks. The train went to a waterfall in a very wooded secluded area along the Upper Cheat River. The train stopped and allowed all of the passengers an opportunity to walk to the waterfalls and take pictures. Overall it was a very pleasant endeavor and would recommend it to anyone. There are a variety of trains and length of trips to take. I'm sure it would be a great ride when the leaves are changing too!

18  Thank pensfan7187
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Reviewed September 1, 2011

This is a four hour trip through the mountains with a stop at the water fall on the Cheat River.
Definitely recommend the upgrade to the Parlor Car- well worth the extra few dollars for better viewing, sit down table service for lunch, and free soda, lemonade, etc.
The regular coaches are tables for four, not regular railcar seating. All tickets include lunch, either buffet, or custom-made sandwiches in Parlor Car.

8  Thank Walter53
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Reviewed August 11, 2011

We were in the car where a lunch was provided and it was well worth the extra expense compared to the regular cars. Tables and chairs were placed to provide the maximum view with every table along the side of the train, by the windows. Lunch options were sandwiches or salads and were very good, if not extraordinary. Children under 12 were not allowed in this car which was a plus. I think the time on the train would have been too long for young children to enjoy. We enjoyed the scenery to the Cheat River Falls and then got off the train and walked down to view the Falls. Plenty of time was allowed there before we reboarded and returned to Elkins. The walk down to the Falls would be too difficult for anyone with mobility or balance issues but is not long or strenuous. There was some broadcast commentary on the trip but not too much, most of the trip allowed for quiet conversation or enjoying the views in silence. This was the most relaxing part of a trip where we focused on the beauty of nature in West Virginia and I highly recommend it.

10  Thank GPM-Ohio
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Reviewed August 11, 2011

We took the New Tygart Flyer trip on July 28th, 2011. We were all excited about the trip but soon became disappointed because it was more than an hour into the trip before they put out the lunch buffet. The train was slow-moving, but it was still swaying a bit as we made our way to and from the buffet line. There were cold cuts, cheeses, tomatoes, lettuce and onion for the sandiwiches. Bags of chips, packaged condiments and lemonade or iced tea were included. Sodas and candy were available for purchase. I was expecting a better lunch, but what we had sufficed considering there is no kitchen on board. Once we got to the top, we were only given 20 minutes or so to see the Upper and Lower Falls. Everyone is forced to congregate in a very small area and the rocks were a little slippery. (My daughter actually fell while negotiating through the rocks). The trail down to the falls would be very difficult for anyone who requires a walker or who has trouble walking. It was a so-so trip. I would not do this trip again.

9  Thank sjbeacham316
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