West Virginia’s Mountain Railroads 2017

West Virginia’s Mountain RailroadsBe Transported to a More Adventurous Time on a Unique Selection of Authentic, Vintage Locomotives

7 Days  6 Nights 14 Meals

Sep 26-Oct 2 SOLD OUT | Oct 10-16 SOLD OUT

Depart/Return: Charleston, WV

Price Per Person: Double: $1,697; Single: $2,065

Pre/Post-Tour Hotel: $178/night

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About the Tour

Ride the rails and relive the glory days when mighty steam- and diesel-powered trains were the fashionable way to travel. You’ll journey on four vintage trains past scenic countrysides, rolling mountains, lazy rivers and impressive architectural sights, including the New River Gorge Bridge —it’s breathtaking! You’ll even relive the heydays of thriving coal and lumber towns, and reminisce about the days of horse-drawn vehicles at the Thrasher Carriage Museum. All aboard!


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Tour Highlights

  • Ride scenic routes on four vintage trains: Cass Scenic Railroad, New Tygart Flyer, The Potomac Eagle, and
    Western Maryland Scenic Railroad
  • View unparalleled mountain greenery over New River Gorge, home to the world’s highest singlespan, steel-arch bridge
  • Guided journey through Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine in authentic, track-riding “man cars”
  • Shipbuilding exhibits at Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historic Park
  • Tamarack Arts Center, renowned showcase for talented artists, musicians and chefs, and Appalachian Glass
  • Visit the National Radio Astronomy Observatory
  • Stay at Roanoke’s magnificent 4-Diamond Stonewall Resort
  • Exclusive “Coal Camp Memories” performance by actress Karen Vuranch


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Average Temp

high 65°/low 43° (September/October)

Time Zone Eastern

Arrival Time Schedule to arrive at our starting hotel by 5:00 p.m. on Day 1.

Departure Time Schedule your flight home to depart after 4:00 p.m. on Day 7.

Airport-Hotel Shuttle Starting hotel offers a complimentary airport shuttle to/from Yeager Airport, Charleston WV.

Vehicle Parking Free parking is available during the tour at our starting hotel.

Walking Distance Moderate walking is required to fully enjoy this tour.

Currency US Dollar

Hotel Amenities Hair dryers, irons, ironing boards, & coffee makers throughout tour. Exercise room and swimming pool available at most hotels.

Travel Protection Available? Yes, see About Travel Protection.

Terms & Conditions Tour reservations are subject to the terms and conditions outlined by Country Travel DISCOVERIES on our website at Terms & Conditions.

Groups Have a group? We can make your group's vacation cost-effective and easy, with discounts for groups as small as five and other benefits. Learn more at Country Travel DISCOVERIES for Groups.

Additional Information Dress on tour is casual. Bring dark clothes and comfortable shoes for the train rides. Air conditioning may not be present on all trains.  On Day 3 there is limited and/or no cell phone coverage or internet access available due to the area being a "Quiet Zone".

Further information is mailed upon receipt of your reservation. A total of three mailings are sent to assist you in preparing for your tour…Get Ready, Get Set and Go! Our “Get Ready” packet is sent confirming your reservation. Our “Get Set” packet provides further details approximately 90 days prior to departure with important details regarding making your travel arrangements. Finally, our “Go” packet arrives 2-3 weeks before departure containing all your final documents.

Updates: Updates to this document are available from our Discovery Reservations Team, and will be posted online at www.CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/WVR 

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Further Readings

Please see also Ann Kaiser's blog about the West Virginia Mountain Railroad discovery. Ann, a former editor of popular magazines Taste of Home and Country Woman, travels with Country Travel DISCOVERIES as our DISCOVERIES Director who has led the discovery tour on multiple occasions. Please click here to read it.


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