If West Virginia is your vacation destination, then the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad’s MOUNTAIN RAIL ADVENTURES is your Rail Destination and, by far, the perfect way to explore the most remote wilderness regions of this great Mountain State!

The Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad operates historic steam-driven locomotives and classic, diesel-powered vintage passenger trains (some climate controlled) that depart the historic depots of Elkins, Durbin and Cass, April through December. Trips range from daylong excursions into the Monongahela National Forest to shorter sight-seeing trips along the banks of the Greenbrier, Tygarts Valley and Shaver’s Fork rivers. From Cass, enjoy an excursion to the top of the second highest mountain in the state.

Chug along the banks of the Greenbrier River onboard the DURBIN ROCKET and/or explore the history of a bygone logging era aboard the CASS SCENIC RAILROAD, powered by the largest fleet of Shay locomotives in the world!  All of these steam-powered locomotives are unique in their own right, bringing to life the history of our region.

Our MOUNTAIN RAIL ADVENTURES range from all-day epic rail excursions on the CHEAT MOUNTAIN SALAMANDER to half-day trips on the climate-controlled, comfortable  NEW TYGART FLYER and MOUNTAIN EXPLORER DINNER TRAIN. For the ultimate in remote adventure, try our overnight camping adventures in the Durbin Rocket’s CASTAWAY CABOOSE and Cass Scenic Railroad’s BALD KNOB CABOOSE.

New for 2015!
The “Wild Heart of West Virginia” Adventure Package offers a combined ride on two trains – the Cass Scenic Railroad and Cheat Mountain Salamander – with overnight options in Elkins and Cass. Customized multiple train options with regional attractions and destinations provide the perfect vacation option. Call for more information: 877-686-7245, ext. 109.



General Information

The Durbin Rocket is wheelchair accessible and two cars on the Cass Scenic Railroad are ADA compliant. Due to Federal regulations and the historic nature of our equipment, some of our trains are not handicap accessible.  We will make every effort to assist those in need. Call for additional information.

Stops are made by all trains at scenic areas that require negotiating steps and ramps for access from the train or to the scenic location. Comfortable walking shoes work best. For personal safety, individuals who are not in good health or with physical difficulties are advised to remain on-board the trains at these locations. Patrons choosing to detrain do so at their own risk. The Railroad will not be responsible for injuries received while not on-board the trains. No smoking is permitted on the trains. Passengers are prohibited from bringing alcoholic beverages on the trains.  No pets are allowed on any of our trains, except for ADA certified service animals.


Elkins Departures



Comfortable is the word for this excursion! Be comfy in this climate controlled vintage passenger train that traverses two separate mountain grades, an “S” curve tunnel, crosses over a 1,500 feet deep canyon with steep, densely forested slopes, and a high bridge over the rushing Shavers Fork of the Cheat River. Be ready to hold your breath! Destination: High Falls of Cheat. … more



Train travel and fine dining. What could be better? A special Mountain Rail Adventure for the two of you and, if you so desire, your favorite friends. This trip into history, when rail travel and dining was the norm, is just the thing to relax from the stress of the work-a-day world. … more



“Well, are you coming?” asks the Conductor.
“Where?” asks the Boy.
“Why, to the North Pole, of course. This is The Polar Express!”
An enchanting evening of family holiday fun complete with dancing chefs, hot cocoa, special gifts… and you know who! Children and adults alike are encouraged to wear their pajamas on this magical rail adventure! … more

Elkins / Cheat Bridge / Cass Departures



Travel into the high country spruce forests of legendary Cheat Mountain on this most distinctive rail excursion. Named in honor of the little endangered creature whose sole habitat is the river of the same name, this vintage passenger train traverses some of the wildest mountain wilderness in our Mountain Rail portfolio! … more



One of our newest Mountain Rail Adventures, the  “Wild Heart of West Virginia” is a combined ride on two trains – the Cass Scenic Railroad and the Cheat Mountain Salamander – with overnight options in Elkins and Cass. Be the first to ride this new excursion in 2015! … more



Two distinctive excursions on the most powerful steam locomotives in our Mountain Rail roster. The mighty and historic Shays of the Cass Scenic Railroad chug up the steepest mountains in the state! Choose between Whittaker Station, Bald Knob, and the Wild Heart! … more

The Pressure Is On

The Elf Limited

Join Jinx the Elf onboard the The Elf Limited, Santa’s Holiday Train voyage in Cass, W.Va. For centuries, every elf has come here to compete to be one of the chosen few who serve in Santa’s workshop at the North Pole… more

Durbin Departures



Families love the DURBIN ROCKET! One of only three operating Climax geared logging locomotives on earth, Old #3 chugs along the Greenbrier River into the wilds of the Monongahela National Forest. Open cars offer photo opportunities and great views. Kids love the openness of a ride that allows movement through the train and chances to see railroaders at work.  … more



Be “cast away” in a completely remote forest along side the Greenbrier River. This is peace and quiet at its best, and the swimming and fishing is great, too! This overnight Mountain Rail Adventure package includes a round-trip fare on the DURBIN ROCKET.  … more


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