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“Wild Heart of West Virginia Adventure Package”

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 25, 2017

The Wild Heart of West Virginia Adventure Package is the combination of two rail trips over at least two days. We left from Elkins where we boarded the diesel powered Cheat Mountain Salamander. for a trip south along the Shavers Fork of the Cheat River. The four hour trip included an adequate cold cut buffet lunch and an extended stop at the High Falls of the Cheat. For photographers, there are open air "windows" in the back buffet car.

The train then rendezvoused with the Cass Mountain Railroad at Spruce Junction where we transferred to a Shay steam powered train up to Bald Knob. This three hour trip took us up 12% grades and included a water stop. After an extended stay at the top, we went back down to Cass. This trip included an extended stop at Whittaker Station, a recreated logging camp.

After spending the night in Cass, we returned to Elkins, taking the Shay to Spruce Junction where we transferred back to the diesel train. On board we received another buffet lunch. This latter trip included an extended stop at the site of the abandoned Old Spruce town.

If you take this trip, I have three recommendations.
1) If you are a couple, resist the sales pressure to stay in the Cass company houses and stay at the local motel instead.
2) Board the Cheat Mountain Salamander early so you can sit is the coach car - it is much more comfortable than the parlor car tables.
3) Spend an extra night in Cass, using the next day to explore the town and railroad attractions.

1  Thank Ed C
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Reviewed October 22, 2017

I have been on this train many times. We always get the First Class Parlor car. The views are amazing and the ride is really good for the age of the RR and cars.

2  Thank jondeere2017
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Reviewed October 22, 2017

Ben and Mrs Too are suckers for these train rides. From Edmonton, Alberta to Walt Disney World, we’ve been on nearly a dozen of them. We grab a seat on any one we find. The New Tygart Flyer is one of half a dozen or so operating in West Virginia and our second ride on one (Cass is the other).

While all of these rail excursions are nearly alike, the novelty never seems to wear off. The little differences more than outdo the familiar aspects. The sandwich buffet on the Tygart Flyer is well done, and presumably no one expects a gourmet meal on such a trip. Trust us, it is easy to get less, and we mean less all the way to zero. On the other hand, we know of one where one can get a pretty good chili dog for only $5.50!

In the coach section of the Tygart Flyer, four riders share a four-top restaurant table, and we were so very fortunate to be seated with a couple from near York, Pennsylvania. We both felt that our conversation with them was half the fun.

We very much enjoyed the ride, and will be back on the rails for a different route the next time we visit Elkins.

Thank Ben_Theretoo406
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Reviewed October 20, 2017

We upgraded to the Parlor Car - great views and great service on board. Individual chairs at the tables are the most comfortable we have encountered on 20 other train rides. Nice 4 hour ride with a cold cut buffet lunch served enroute. Route goes through a 1/4 mile long S curve tunnel - being the last car on the train they turned the lights on so we could see the inside of the tunnel from the rear of our car. Very cool. Highlight of the trip is the stop at the end at the High Falls of the Cheat River. You can get off the train to stand on the platform to overlook the falls, or take the stairs down to the river and stand on the rocks below the falls for an awesome view. Only down side on our experience - we paid extra for first class tickets - was very surprised when we got on to be immediately advised that they were out of diet drinks - they did have Coke, Sprite, Coffee, Tea, and some wine - but no diet. This ride began at 11:00 am, the car was sold out in advance - for crying out loud - run to Walmart and buy some Diet Coke.

2  Thank Chuck B
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Reviewed October 20, 2017

We took the railroad trip because our parents couldn't hike or trek to see the falls. We started from the point at Elkins and took the one to High Falls on a Saturday. The trip started exactly on time and boarding was simple. The 4 hour journey was relaxing, well planned. A huge shout out to the main guide, I culdn't get her name but an elderly lady who has the energy, enthusiasm of a teenager. She was an amazing guide, extremely courteous, sang, danced and played the saxophone. We had a great time

Why the missing star? Well, based on which side of the train u sit, you might not see much during the ride and since the train doesnt turn on the return trip, you end up seeing the plain rocks on the way back too

Thank DrunkTraveler
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