The Durbin Rocket

Staunton Parkersburg Turnpike, Durbin, WV 26264, USA
from/per person $35
  • Regular Trains (Shown on Home Pg)
  • 2 Hour
  • Durbin Depot
  • Steam

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Booking Calendar


Departs from Durbin Depot at 10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.
Month Days Available
May Saturdays & Sundays, plus 5/15, 5/22, 5/25
June 4 - Aug 30 Thursday through Sunday, plus 6/10 (8/1 and 8/2 are Special Events - Wild West Special)
Sept 4 - Sept 20 Friday through Sunday, plus 9/7
Sept 22 - Oct 25 Tuesday through Sunday
Wild West Weekend 8/1 and 8/2


2020 Tickets Available Now!

In century-old Durbin, the DURBIN ROCKET Excursion Train is powered by the unique Heisler No. 6 locomotive – a coal-fired steam engine with ties to West Virginia’s historic rail and logging industry.

Departing the Durbin Depot April through December, you can ride in authentic 1920-era coaches and vintage wooden cabooses behind Heisler No. 6 as she steams along the free-flowing Greenbrier River in northern Pocahontas County. The ride covers 10.5 miles in 2 hours and offers many beautiful river and mountain views in the Monongahela National Forest. This adventure is popular for kids and anyone who has an interest in railroads and history!

Trip Summary (2 hr., 10.5-mile Round-trip Excursion)

The DURBIN ROCKET is a perfect choice for families with younger children. The combination of open and closed cars give children the option of free movement through the train as she chugs her way to and from Hevener Station. An open car directly behind Heisler No. 6 offer ample opportunities to see coal being shoveled into the tender and watch as she takes in water at a watering hole along the way. Advantages for more mature riders on this signature steam-driven locomotive are the options of open-car views perfect for photo taking and sightseeing, plus closed-car comfort in the coaches and cabooses.

After your ride, visit the RAIL & TRAIL STORE on Main Street across from the Depot where you will find a large selection of souvenirs, gifts, & T-shirts, along with the famous “Big Scoop” hand-dipped ice cream cone.

We invite you to share a few hours of relaxation and fun on the DURBIN ROCKET excursion train, and stay awhile to explore historic Durbin, West Virginia.

Learn about Lil’ Leroi, the very first engine to pull our Durbin Rocket train: www.lilleroi.com.


Regular Rates Weekend Fall Rates
Fall weekend rates begin Friday-Sept. 18
Age Group Cost Cost
Adult (12–64) $35.00 $40.00
Senior (65+) $33.00 $38.00
Child (4–11) $25.00 $30.00
Child (3 & under) Free Free
Group (25 ppl or more) $31.00 $36.00

* Rates, times, and dates are subject to change. Fall rates include Friday, Saturday, and Sunday excursions in mid-September through late October.

Advanced online reservations are recommended to guarantee seating.


To Reserve by Phone – 304-636-9477

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, please check in a ticket window prior to boarding. If you forget your tickets, we can print them for you. Walk-up tickets may be purchased on a first-come, first-served basis only. As the Durbin cars are open air, you may want to bring a jacket during cooler weather. Also, as these are steam engine trains, if anyone in your party is sensitive to loud noise, you may want to bring ear plugs on the day of your excursion.

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 current season. Gift certificates can be issued for the full amount of the reservation at any time.

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