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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!

Trip Summary
Greenbrier Express -- 30 mile, approximately 6-hr. Roundtrip Excursion
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


2023 Regular Rates*

2023 Fall Rates*
Fall Rates Begin Wednesday, Sept. 13

Age Group



Adult (12--64)



Senior (65+)






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
Boarding Location
Cass Depot
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.


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.





East Broad Top Railroad September 15,  (day trip)

 The EBT is unusual in that it is a complete, original railroad rather than a collection of pieces from various locations, as most tourist railroads are. All six of the 3 ft narrow-gauge steam locomotives that operated on the railroad in its last years as a coal hauler are still on site, and some were used for the excursion trains. Other original equipment includes a 4 ft 8+1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge switcher steam locomotive (non-operational), operating track-gang cars, the M-3 motorcar (built from scratch by the EBT with an engine and transmission from an automobile), and the M-1, a motorcar (doodlebug) based on scaled-down J. G. Brill and Company plans built by the EBT in 1927. The majority of rolling stock that operated on the railroad in its later coal-hauling years remains on the property in varying condition, including over a dozen flatcars, several boxcars and well over 150 hoppers. Tourist trains used original EBT passenger equipment, as well as converted EBT freight cars. The original railroad maintenance shops have a pair of Babcock & Wilcox boilers, a 19th-century stationary steam engine, and an overhead line shaft system (steel shafts, wood and iron pulleys and leather and canvas belts) that powers antique machine tools, sheet-forming machines, foundry equipment, blacksmithing tools and woodworking machines. Almost 33 miles (53 km) of the railroad's original main 30-mile line is still in place, though only 5 miles (8.0 km) are usable. In recent years disused trackage from Rockhill Furnace southward and Robertsdale southward have been cleared and gauged for use with speeders and handcars (track-gang cars). The EBT was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1966. The railroad was added in 1996 to the National Trust for Historic Preservation's list of America's Most Endangered Places.[4]

Today it is oldest narrow-gauge railroad anywhere in the United States and the only original narrow-gauge railroad east of the Rocky Mountains. Nestled in the heart of Central Pennsylvania, the EBT stands as a monument to early railroading and our industrial heritage.


Days of Operation Memorial Day-Labor Day, Wednesday-Sunday

Steam Powered Train Excursions 1Hour dept. 11AM, 1PM, 3PM





Adult (13+)




Child (2-12)









Guided Tours of Machine Shop Complex 1Hour 11AM, 1PM

The original railroad maintenance shops have a pair of Babcock & Wilcox boilers, a 19th-century stationary steam engine, and an overhead line shaft system (steel shafts, wood and iron pulleys and leather and canvas belts) that powers antique machine tools, sheet-forming machines, foundry equipment, blacksmithing tools and woodworking machines.



Adult (13+)


Child (2-12)



Rockhill Trolley Museum Hourly 11AM-4PM

Adult (13+)


Child (2-12)



Commination ticket Train, Trolley ride, and Guided Tour of Machine Shop Complex

Adult (13+)


Child (2-12)


A saving of $9 if you book all three at the same time.

We can also make arrangement to go to Robertsdale and see the ''Friends of the East Broad Top Railroad'' museum in the old post office, and the Robertsdale station the end of the line for the EBT.