Durbin & Cass Connection

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Welcome to the legacy page of the C&O Greenbrier line restoration. Here you’ll find information relating to the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad’s ongoing restoration of the former Chesapeake & Ohio Greenbrier line between Durbin and Cass. DGVR crews continue making significant progress in connecting the two communities by rail. For the past two years, track crews have cleared dozens of washouts, mudslides, and cleared debris a distance of more than 8 miles in an effort to reconnect the former communities by rail. When complete, the Durbin-Cass connection will provide new rail tourism and outdoor recreation activities along the rural Greenbrier River. Rail service has been suspended on the line segment since the 1980s.

As of December 2019, the right-of-way has been restored 7 miles from Cass north to the south end of Trout Run. The washout and C&O bridge at Trout Run remains out of service, though DGVR expects a resolution to move forward soon that will allow for needed repairs and improvements. The Trout Run washout is the last major project in connecting the two points. North of Trout Run, the right-of-way has been rehabilitated north to Hosterman.  To date, the company has installed nearly 19,000 crossties.

Once warmer weather arrives, our crews will begin a major stabilization project to reinforce the entire right-of-way with thousands of tons of new stone and ballast, additional crossties, and tamping efforts. This work will take place north from Cass.

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