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Polar Express train was fun!

We had a family group of 12 on the Polar Express. We were all first timers. The train ride was... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
leslies190
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Huntington, West Virginia
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Fun and scenic

We (four 50-ish adults) rode the "Durbin Rocket" in mid-September. The scenery was lovely. We could... read more

Reviewed October 24, 2018
Time_Lady
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Johnstown, PA
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Reviewed November 1, 2017 via mobile

My wife and I have rode this train twice. It is a very pleasent and scenic ride. The people who work there are very nice.

Thank Disc221
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Reviewed October 25, 2017

We were in the luxurious parlor car on the New Tygart Flyer and had booked 6 weeks in advance. Others told us they tried to get this car (at an extra cost) but the limited seating of only 2 facing seats next to a picture window limited availability. Buffett included drinks and wine. Great scenic views along the river as we climbed the mountain to and from the water falls. Friendly and accommodating waitress.

1  Thank JohnSu90
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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.

3  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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