In 2015, The Cass Scenic Railroad joined the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad’s Mountain Rail Adventures roster providing NEW services such as the Wild Heart of West Virginia excursion, making rail and travel season even more exciting!
The new “Wild Heart of West Virginia Adventure Package” offers a combined ride on two trains with one ticket – the Cass Scenic Railroad and the Cheat Mountain Salamander, with overnight package options in Elkins or Cass.
Visitors will ride steam-driven Shays of the Cass Scenic Railroad to Old Spruce, transfer to the diesel-powered Cheat Mountain Salamander, have an on board sandwich buffet lunch, spend the night in Elkins to enjoy multiple attractions and return by the same route to Cass on any scheduled return date.
On the other side of the coin, passengers can board in Elkins or Cheat Bridge, enjoying an on board sandwich buffet as they travel to Old Spruce. Once at Old Spruce, guests will then transfer to the Cass Scenic Railroad climbing upward to Bald Knob, the third highest point in the state. After the train descends back down the mountain into Cass, guests can stay in one of the historic company houses at the Cass State Park.This new 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 views of our mountains – all by Mountain Rail.
This package is just one Mountain Rail Adventure offered by the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad. Customized packaging available by calling: 877-686-7245 Ext. 108
This first option of the “Wild Heart of West Virginia” Adventure Package begins in Cass, WV. Your journey begins as you depart the Cass depot at 11:45 AM on scheduled Wild Heart dates. The ride is in open air, covered cars pushed by the mighty steam-driven Shays, up a 6% mountain grade past Whittaker Station, located four miles up the track from Cass.
At the remote location of Old Spruce, passengers continuing to Elkins will transfer to the vintage, diesel-powered Cheat Mountain Salamander. A sandwich buffet of cold cuts and condiments will be available onboard. (Lunch is included in your ticket cost) The remaining 4-hour trip to Elkins takes you through many pristine areas only accessible by rail! Stops include a 30-minute layover at the former site of Spruce, once the highest and coldest incorporated logging town east of the Mississippi, a short station stop at Cheat Bridge and lastly, a 20-minute layover at the beautiful High Falls of Cheat. Your trip will make its final arrival at the Elkins depot at approximately 5:30 PM.
Upon arriving in Elkins, you are free to check in to your hotel, enjoy dinner and take in a show. When booking this trip, it is important to know you will be on foot after departing the train. Here at Mountain Rail we can help customize your trip by booking a package to include lodging, meals and attractions at locations walkable from the train depot or with a hotel that offers free shuttle service.
Your return trip to Cass would begin the following day, or other pre-determined date, when you depart the Elkins depot at 9:15 AM with an approximate return time to Cass of 4:45 PM.
Wild Heart & Package Reservations – 877-686-7245 Ext.108
This next Wild Heart option has you beginning your trip in Elkins, where you’ll depart from the historic Elkins depot at 9:15 AM. Once on board, enjoy the ride on the vintage, diesel-powered Cheat mountain Salamander, traveling through remote areas, most only accessible by rail! A cold sandwich lunch buffet will be provided on board. Your Cheat Mountain Salamander trip includes a 30 minute layover at the beautiful High Falls of Cheat, a short station stop at Cheat Bridge, and ends at Old Spruce where passengers transfer to the Cass Scenic Railroad steam powered train. The Cass train offers open air, covered cars, pushed by mighty coal-fired steam driven Shay locomotives. From Old Spruce, your next stop will be at gorgeous Bald Knob, the third highest point in West Virginia! A 30 minute layover at the top of Bald Knob allows for views into two states (on a clear day) and time to relax or use the restroom.
Once you depart Bald Knob, it’s time to head down the mountain to spend a night or two in in the original early 1900s company houses in the small town of Cass! The Shay arrives at the Cass depot at approximately 4:45 PM, with time to take in the history of this old logging town. Be advised, there is no cell phone reception in Cass!
This trip is not recommended for people who have mobility or walking issues. As you’ll be on foot, the Company Houses are located a few blocks from the depot and contains some uphill inclines as you walk.
Packages to include lodging at one of the historic Company Houses can be set up through Mountain Rail.
Wild Heart & Package Reservations – 1-877-686-7245 Ext. 108
*These ticket prices are round trip and do not include lodging
Adult – $149
Senior (65 & over) – $147
Child (age 4-11) – $139
Child (3 and under) – Free
Group Pricing Available by calling Group sales at 1-877-686-7245 ext. 109
*Return Trip is NOT in the same day
May – Saturdays & Sundays
June – August – Thursday through Sunday (with the exception of 7/16)
September 1st – 18th – Thursday through Sunday
September 20th – October 23rd – Tuesday through Sunday
October 27 – October 30th – Thursday through Sunday
Paid advance reservations are recommended to guarantee seating
TO RESERVE BY PHONE – 877-686-7245 ext. 108
Call Monday – Friday – 9AM – 5PM
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.
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 2016 season. Gift certificates can be issued for the full amount of the reservation at any time.