Mountain Rail Adventures offers train excursions from depots in Cass, Durbin and Elkins, West Virginia

A Mountain Rail Adventures train excursion through West Virginia (courtesy of the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad)

The Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad offers a variety of train excursions, departing from historic railroad depots in the towns of Cass, Durbin and Elkins. These experiences are sure to enthrall dedicated train enthusiasts and first-time riders alike.  

Coming in at two hours, the 10.5-mile round trip known as the Durbin Rocket is a great option for families with younger children. Departing from Durbin, riders can enjoy the fall color of the mountain scenery from the comfort of 1920s-era coaches pulled by a historic 1910 coal-fired steam engine known as Heisler No. 6. Those looking to be a little closer to nature can opt to ride in open cars to take in views of Monongahela National Forest. 

Travelers seeking a longer adventure can choose the New Tygart Flyer excursion. Departing from Elkins, this train pulled by a vintage diesel locomotive takes riders on a four-hour, 48-mile round trip and includes views of the Shaver’s Fork of the Cheat River as the train makes its way up to the High Falls of Cheat, which plunge 150 feet. 

The Cass Scenic Railroad steam-engine excursions depart from the depot in Cass. During the four-hour, 22-mile round trip to Bald Knob, the train chugs up to one of the highest points in the state. The two-hour trip to Whittaker Station takes riders on an 8-mile round trip that climbs lower slopes of Cheat Mountain. Cass Depot: 12363 Cass Rd., Cass, West Virginia 24927; Elkins Depot: 315 Railroad Ave., Elkins, West Virginia 26241; Durbin Depot: 4759 Staunton Parkersburg Turnpike, Durbin, West Virginia 26264; 877/686-7245,