Cass Trip -- Dates October 19-20
Cass is the home to the world's
largest fleet of geared Shay locomotives. Five Shays, one Heisler,
and one Climax reside here. The legendary turn-of-the-century class
C-80 Shay, #5 has been toiling up Cheat Mountain for 115 years,
making it one of the oldest engines in continuous service on its
original line, and the oldest operable Shay in existence!
Greenbrier Express -- 30 mile, approximately 6-hr. Roundtrip
The Greenbrier Express (GBX) train departs from the restored,
historically important town of Cass and closely follows the clear,
free-flowing Greenbrier River to the small mountain village of
Durbin. On arrival in Durbin, all ticket holders will be served
lunch at a pre-determined location either on your train car, in the
depot, or at one of the restaurants on Main Street adjacent to the
depot. The ride upriver to Durbin passes through a secluded
wilderness portion of the 950,000-acre Monongahela National Forest
featuring beautiful scenes of forested mountains at each turn of the
river. Sightings of Deer, River Otters, and Black Bear along with a
wide variety of Eagles, Hawks, Ospreys, and other species of aquatic
birds are common.
The original 95-mile section of this railroad was first constructed
in 1902 by the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway with an eye toward timber
resource development. It continued serving that purpose until rail
traffic declined and most of the line was abandoned in 1978. Today's
trip takes you on the northernmost 15-mile portion that was
purchased by the West Virginia State Rail Authority. Unfortunately,
a catastrophic flood in 1985 washed out major portions of this line.
Thanks to a private/public initiative between the WV State Rail
Authority and Durbin & Greenbrier Valley RR, the track has been
reconstructed and now offers a new and different option to visitors
at the iconic Cass Scenic Railroad State Park.
Price (Approx. 6-hr Trip)
2023 Regular Rates*
2023 Fall Rates*
Fall Rates Begin Wednesday, Sept. 13
The Greenbrier Express features
vintage passenger cars. When booking seats in Coach Car 3607 and
Coach Car 202, you will choose seats at traditional 4-top tables.
When booking seats in Coach Car 835, you will choose seats in a
bus-style format (i.e., two seats positioned together on either side
of an aisle, all forward-facing). Coach Cars 3607 and 835 contain
restrooms. Coach Car 202 DOES NOT contain a restroom.
About 4 hours to Cass
Cass, WV 24927
Leaves at 10:00-4pm
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.
NO PETS AND NO WHEELCHAIRS
CASS TO ELKINS 1 HR 13 MINUTES.
Super 8 by Wyndham
420 Beverly Pike, Elkins WVA
1 minute from hotel
359 Beverly Pike Elkins
Arrive 5:30, Dinner 6, Show 6:30
Dinner and Show $40.95 senior
Next day if you want to go to
greenbankobservatory.org Open 9:30-6
Couples would need
174+100+90+20=$384 if do all.
Singles $192 if did all.