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Trains of West Virginia 2021

Trains of West Virginia 2021

ALL ABOARD!  Enjoy your ride aboard four scenic trains across whitewater rivers over evergreen ridge tops and unspoiled forest while exploring Appalachia.  This tour is filled with wild scenery and wonderful music and it is one of our most popular tours; low mileage and loads of fun!

 

Departure Date:

Wednesday, May 18 - Saturday, May 22, 2021

Wed. May 19, 2021

Today, you arrive in White Sulphur Springs, WV in time for lunch at Slammin' Sammy's located at the Greenbrier resort. During your visit a most unusual history tour awaits. You visit The Greenbrier's Cold War Bunker. Built by the Eisenhower Administration. It was a Fall Out Shelter for Congress in the event of a Nuclear Attack. This secret facility existed for 30 years, in plain sight, yet hidden from both hotel employees and guests. It's a fascinating story and you will learn how the pantries were stocked and replenished with fresh produce and supplies. At any moment there was enough fresh water and food here to support the entire House & Senate for 60 days. Following your visit to the Greenbrier you will check into a first class hotel in Lewisburg, WV (Fairfield Inn or similar). Once you've had a chance to check in to your room, enjoy a group dinner at Food & Friends followed by time to visit the shops and galleries on Main Street

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Thurs. May 20, 2021

Breakfast at the hotel. Another day of great adventure begins as you motor north into the Alleghenies, your destination is the townsite of Cass. It looks much today as it did in its heyday as a company logging town. Restored company houses line the hillside. The Historical Museum and the Cass Showcase with its diorama and film provide interpretation. You’ll pick up a box lunch at the Company Store. Then it’s an exciting moment as you board a steam locomotive and pull out of the depot. This was a logging route with grades as steep as 11%, you’ll climb through deep forest with a beauty as old as the hills, then suddenly you will break out above the timber and enjoy a view of West Virginia that is beyond words. At Whitaker Station you stop for your picnic and have a chance to learn turn-of-the-century timber techniques. Leaving Cass you cross into the next valley and find it filled with giant satellite dishes. This is the Green Bank Radio Astronomy Observatory intentionally located in one of America’s most quiet spots. Here our scientists are listening for sounds from space, and you will tour the facility. Travel into Elkins this evening for two nights at Holiday Inn Express, Isaac Jackson Hotel or similar. Your evening entertainment begins with a meal at Elkins’ newest theater: The Gandy Dancer. In a beautiful new dining room you enjoy a very nice meal. Followed by the Mountain Memories Show Band and a musical variety show that is filled with high energy family-friendly comedy and music. It’s an unforgettable evening at West Virginia’s hottest new theater.

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Fri. May 21, 2021

Breakfast at the hotel. Board the Cheat Mountain Salamander's climate controlled passenger cars with a 2-1/2 hour ride through the wild, high-mountain wilderness of West Virginia. A photo stop is made at the High Falls of the Cheat River. At 18 feet tall and 150 feet across this beautiful location is five miles away from the closest road. After High Falls your train follows the tumbling Cheat through another 21 miles of scenic wilderness. This is unspoiled and uninhabited forest, with gorgeous tree topped mountain vistas. Where hardwoods and evergreens both grow to the edge of boulder strewn whitewater rivers. This one-way train ride ends at remote Cheat Bridge where your bus is waiting to transport you to the eastern side of Cheat Mountain and the town of Durbin. On arrival here you enjoy a Plated Lunch at The Station Two Restaurant. After lunch you will also have time to shop for souvenirs at the Rail to Trail Store before your next train ride. At the end of this ride your group boards their motorcoach for a 7 mile ride to the bottom of Cheat Mountain and the town of Durbin. Here the coal fired Durbin Rocket is bellowing smoke and anxious to start another exciting mountain rail expedition. Built in 1910 this steam locomotive pulls an authentic 1920s-era coach car and vintage wooden cabooses along the free-flowing Greenbrier River. This is a scenic 10 1/2 mile ride through the Monongahela National Forest. Dinner is at either Graceland or Halliehurst, the Mansions of the Timber Barons. Both elegant homes were built in 1890's at the height of the timber era. Your evening of entertainment is at the Randolph Art Center where you enjoy refreshments while browsing their exhibits, then sit down for an hour or more of great local entertainment performed by some of the finest musicians in these high-up hills.

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Sat. May 22, 2021

Breakfast at the hotel. Depart Elkins this morning and travel to Romney, WV. Here you board the Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad. For three hours enjoy a narrated excursion through a tranquil and pristine mountain valley. View historic farms and lush mountain greenery. Around every curve you are rewarded with the splendor of native wildflowers, evergreens, and mixed hardwoods in an unspoiled countryside environment. Don't be surprised to see bald eagles swooping overhead in pursuit of prey or gliding gently across the blue mountain skies as if to flaunt their supremacy of the air.
Depart for home after train ride.

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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Cost Per Person:

$1069.00 pp Double Occupancy

$1009.00 pp Triple Occupancy

$949.00 pp Quad Occupancy

$1249.00 Single Occupancy

 

Package Includes:

· 3 Nights First Class Accommodations

· Breakfast – 3 days

· Lunch – 3 days

· Dinner – 3 days

 

Highlights:

· Four Scenic Train Rides

     Cass Scenic Railroad

     Cheat Mountain Salamander

     The Durbin Rocket

     The Potomac Eagle

· Two Music Shows

      Gandy Dancer Dinner Theater

      Local Entertainment @ the Randolph Art Center

· Lunch at the Greenbrier

· Greenbrier Bunker Tour

· Green Bank Radio Astronomy Observatory

 

· Baggage Handling, Hotel Taxes, Gratuities

· Tour Fully Escorted by an R&J Tours Company Representative

· All-Inclusive Motorcoach Transportation.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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