CHEAT MOUNTAIN SALAMANDER

(Departs Elkins, WV Depot)

Named in honor of the little endangered creature whose sole habitat is the river of the same name, the CHEAT MOUNTAIN SALAMANDER takes you through some of the wildest mountain wilderness you will ever experience!

2015 Cheat Mountain Salamander Trip Information

Travel into the high country spruce forests of legendary Cheat Mountain on the most distinctive rail excursion in the eastern US. This 128-mile (approximately 9-hour) ride transports you through mile after mile of unbroken, untamed mountain wilderness that has remained unchanged since the time before modern civilization arrived. This trip also includes many interesting features such as a long tunnel built with an “S” curve far underneath Cheat Mountain, numerous long mountain vistas, and many opportunities to view exotic wildlife including bald eagle and black bear sightings. Stopovers include the inspirational “High Falls of the Cheat” and the former sight of the notorious town of Spruce, WV, once the highest and coldest incorporated town east of the Mississippi, accessible only by rail.

 


Cheat Mountain Salamander – ELKINS – OLD SPRUCE

ROUND TRIP
Departs Elkins depot: 8:50am
Returns to Elkins depot: 5:00pm
(Approx. 9 hours)

TICKET TYPE
REGULAR RATES SATURDAY FALL RATES
September 19, 26
and October 3, 10 & 17
Adult (12-64) $81 $86
Senior (65+)
$79 $84

A cold sandwich buffet lunch is served en route. Concession Buffet:
Rolls, Lunch Meats (Ham, Roast Beef and Turkey), Cheese & Condiments.
Pasta Salad, Fruit Cup, Potato Chips, Lettuce, Tomato, Onions, and Bread & Butter pickles.

Child (4-11)
$71 $76
Child (3 and under) FREE FREE


RESERVE (877.686.7245)

Call Monday thru Friday – 9am – 5pm
For Special Packages use Ext. 109

Paid advance reservations are recommended to guarantee seating


cms* Wild Heart of West Virginia  – SPECIAL EVENTS HERE

RESERVE (877.686.7245)

Call Monday thru Friday – 9am – 5pm
For Special Packages use Ext. 109

 

Boarding Location:
Elkins Depot
315 Railroad Avenue
Elkins, WV 26241

38:55 17 N 79:51 3 W


2.5 Hour Round-Trip to Old Spruce
Departing the Cheat Bridge Station: 12:00 noon

This 30-mile trip is a featured option for those who would like to explore the scenery on a tight schedule.


Cheat Mountain Salamander – CHEAT BRIDGE – OLD SPRUCE

ROUND TRIP
Departs Cheat Bridge Station: 12:00 noon
Returns to Cheat Bridge depot: 2:30pm
(Approx. 2.5 hours)

TICKET TYPE
REGULAR RATES SATURDAY FALL RATES
September 19, 26
and October 3, 10 & 17
Adult (12-64) $44 $49
Senior (65+)
$42 $47
Child (4-11)
$36 $41
Child (3 and under) FREE FREE


RESERVE (877.686.7245)

Call Monday thru Friday – 9am – 5pm
For Special Packages use Ext. 109

Paid advance reservations are recommended to guarantee seating


cms* Wild Heart of West Virginia – SPECIAL EVENTS HERE

RESERVE (877.686.7245)

Call Monday thru Friday – 9am – 5pm
For Special Packages use Ext. 109

Boarding Location:
Cheat Bridge Station
38.611667, -79.874167



Cheat Mountain Salamander – ELKINS – OLD SPRUCE – CASS

Wild-Heart-WV-fullWEBNew for 2015!
“Wild Heart of West Virginia Adventure Package”
Package Reservations: 877-686-7245, Ext. 109

 

Elkins to Old Spruce: 4 hours
Transfer at Old Spruce to the Cass Scenic Railroad: 12:50 pm
Old Spruce to Bald Knob to Cass: 3 hour, 20 min.

The NEW “Wild Heart of West Virginia” Adventure Package offers a combined ride on two trains – the Cheat Mountain Salamander and the Cass Scenic Railroad, with overnight options in Cass or Elkins.

Board the diesel-powered Cheat Mountain Salamander in Elkins, have onboard lunch en route to Old Spruce, transfer to the Cass Scenic Railroad, and after a trip to Bald Knob and down the mountain to Cass, spend the night(s) in Cass!

Cass Scenic Railroad State Park’s company houses are great for couples enjoying the great outdoors and peace and quiet! Overnight stays range from one night to multiple nights, depending upon departure schedules and vacation options. The Cass Scenic Railroad State Park’s restored company houses are also perfect getaways for families who like to bike. There is also a trailhead to the Greenbrier River Rail Trail, 78 miles of pristine riding!

The new “Wild Heart” wilderness excursion explores the most remote areas of the Mountain State – some areas so remote that even automobiles cannot access! Take in the sights of West Virginia’s most pristine rivers and enjoy the mountain top views.

The 7.5 hour one-way Mountain Rail Adventure includes onboard cold sandwich lunch buffet on the Cheat Mountain Salamander en route to Old Spruce. Then a spectacular 40 minute trip to the top of West Virginia’s second highest mountain – Bald Knob.
Arrive in Cass around at 4:20 pm, with plenty of time to check in and tour the Town of Cass.

Ticket price is round trip – Elkins to Cass and return trip from Cass to Elkins – on any scheduled departure date.
Customized packaging available for this new and exciting excursion. Package Reservations: 877-686-7245, Ext. 109

 

Cheat Mountain Salamander – ELKINS – OLD SPRUCE – CASS

Departs Elkins depot for Cass:  8:50am
(Approx. 7.5 hours)

Ticket Prices are Round Trip
IMPORTANT: Return trip is not the same day!
Your choice of return date, please check schedule.

 

TICKET TYPE REGULAR RATES SATURDAY FALL RATES
September 19, 26
and October 3, 10 & 17
Arrive Old Spruce: 12:50pm – Transfer to Cass Scenic Railroad
Trip to Bald Knob – Arrives Cass Depot: 4:20pm
Adult (12-64) $130 $135
Senior (65+)
$128 $133
Excursion on the Cheat Mountain Salamander (Elkins to Old Spruce) includes a cold sandwich lunch buffet en route.
Concession Buffet – Rolls, Lunch Meats (Ham, Roast Beef and Turkey), Cheese & Condiments.
Pasta Salad, Fruit Cup, Potato Chips, Lettuce, Tomato, Onions, and Bread & Butter pickles.
Child (4-11)
$120 $125
Child (3 and under) FREE FREE


RESERVE (877.686.7245)

Call Monday thru Friday – 9am – 5pm
For Special Packages use Ext. 109

Paid advance reservations are recommended to guarantee seating


salamander-calendar2* Wild Heart of West Virginia Event Series – SEE EVENTS HERE

RESERVE (877.686.7245)

Call Monday thru Friday – 9am – 5pm
For Special Packages use Ext. 10

Boarding Location:
Elkins Depot
315 Railroad Avenue

Elkins, WV 26241

38:55 17 N 79:51 3 W


Group Seating: Every effort will be made to seat groups as close together as possible on the train. Please let us know your needs prior to boarding.
Boarding: Elkins boarding area is located at the Depot on 315 Railroad Avenue in the Downtown area. Ticket office in Elkins is open 45 minutes to an hour prior to departure.
IMPORTANT INFO: If you have a reservation, your eTicket will be scanned as you board the train. You may also purchase tickets at the ticket window. If you forget your eTicket, we can print them for you.
Cancellation Policy: If cancellations are made within 48 hours prior to boarding, there will be no refund. If notice of cancellation is made before 48 hours before departure, a 10% cancellation will be charged to any refund. You may reschedule at any time with no charges for a trip in the 2015 season. Gift certificates can be issued for the full amount of the reservation at any time.

Activity ID: 1009203 Activity Name: Mountain Rail - Homepage Activity Group Name: CEOC-WVSp12