Cass Scenic Railroad State Park
Durbin & Greenbrier Valley RR
The rugged mountain country of Pocahontas County was a latecomer in the railroad boom that swept America during the second half of the 19th century.
The use of trains to haul lumber off the mountains was impractical until 1880, when Ephriam Shay invented a geared steam locomotive capable of managing the steep mountain grades and sharp curves.
By 1899, track was being laid at a rate of a mile a day and on October 26, 1900, the first train pulled into Marlinton and by the end of the year, the railroad’s primary objective, Cass, had been reached.
Today, both the traditions and the heritage of railroading come alive for visitors to Pocahontas County. The loggers may be gone, but our trains are still going full steam ahead.
The Cass Scenic Railroad State Park and The Durbin and Greenbrier Valley Railroad combine to make Pocahontas County the land of historic trains. It is a showcase for the restoration and operation of historic railroads, attracting tens of thousands of riders and railroad enthusiasts each year.
Located in the charming, historic town of Cass, WV, the Cass Scenic Railroad State Park transports passengers back in time for an unforgettable adventure. Restored company buildings and the Cass Country Store add to the charm and atmosphere of this quaint old logging town.
Vintage Shay steam locomotives transport passengers to a restored logging camp at Whittaker Station. You may also travel to the top of Bald Knob, West Virginia’s second highest peak, or to the abandoned logging town of Spruce. Round-trip is approximately four hours. Visit their Web site through the link on this page.
In the quaint village of Durbin, WV, at the base of the Cheat Mountain, is the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad, one of the premier tourist rail operators in the Eastern U.S.
The Durbin Rocket Excursion Train transports passengers through the heart of the Monongahela National Forest along the beautiful Greenbrier River to a small picnic area.
The Cheat Mountain Salamander, a self-propelled rail motor coach offers two separate wilderness excursions. One trip takes you to the High Falls of Cheat, another through the Historic District of the old town of Spruce. Visit their Web site through the link on this page.
Both of these historic railroads experiences will provide memories to last a lifetime!