Wild Mountain Rails Adventure 2018

Experience the Scenic Railroads of Virginia, Maryland, and West Virginia

Travel with Trains magazine on historic railroads through Virginia, Maryland, and West Virginia in 2018!

On this tour, we'll ride on a variety of trains along beautiful rolling countryside, tranquil wilderness and waterways, and scenic mountains and valleys. We'll stop at the Virginia Museum of Transportation, ride the Cass Scenic Railroad, and take a train ride along the Potomac River. The trip runs from June 4-11, 2018. Be sure to make your reservation soon, because space is limited. Call 727-330-7738 to reserve today!


  • Ground transportation.
  • 7 nights hotel stay.
  • All train rides and activities mentioned in itinerary.
  • 2 meals per day.



  • Airfare for flights to and from Dulles Airport, Washington, D.C.
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Additional meals and snacks.
  • Travel insurance. (Travel insurance is available for purchase.)



Per person, based on double occupancy: $2,875

Singles supplement: $518

Per person deposit, due upon registration: $500



Full terms and conditions are available from Special Interest Tours.

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DAY 1: After arriving at Dulles Airport in Washington, D.C., we'll take a shuttle to the Hyatt Place hotel. In the evening our group will gather at the hotel's restaurant for dinner.

DAY 2: The day begins with a drive to Roanoke, Va., a town rich with rail heritage. After lunch at the rail-themed Depot Grille, we'll start our tour with stops at Shaffer's Crossing (a huge NS engine facility); the NS Roanoke shops, where 611, 1218, and 2156 were designed and built; and, the Virginia Museum of Transportation.

We'll also visit the O. Winston Link Museum and Virginian Station to explore the history of the Norfolk & Western Railway (N&W). We'll stay at the Hotel Roanoke, which was originally built to accommodate patrons and employees of the N&W.


DAY 3: After breakfast at the hotel we'll complete our Roanoke activities. From Roanoke, we will drive to the Snowshoe Mountain Resort, stopping along the way for a tour of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway Heritage Center. Here, we are able to walk through the story of American railroading via indoor and outdoor displays, scale models, preserved equipment, and replicas of railroad structures.


DAY 4: The day begins with a Cass shop tour, followed by a drive to Durbin, W. Va., to watch the morning train pull into the station. After lunch, we'll ride the Durbin Rocket, powered by a very rare steam locomotive, "Old #3" – one of only three operating Climax geared logging locomotives in the world! 

Our next stop is the Green Bank Radio Observatory, home to the largest fully steerable telescope on earth. We'll end our observatory tour with a delicious BBQ dinner.


DAY 5: We'll begin the day with a stop at Cass Depot. Next, we'll depart for Old Spruce, W. Va. on the steam-driven Shays of the Cass Scenic Railroad. When we arrive in Old Spruce we'll continue our adventure on the diesel-powered Cheat Mountain Salamander to Elkins Depot. Upon arriving in Elkins, we'll have dinner at the Railyard Restaurant, followed by a live show, "The Greatest Show in Rails."


DAY 6: We start the day with a visit to the West Virginia Railroad Museum. Next, we'll head to the Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad for a narrated round-trip ride along the Potomac River. If we're lucky, we'll spot a soaring eagle flying over the pristine mountain valley. Upon our return, we'll drive to Cumberland, Md. and board the Maryland Scenic Dinner Train.


DAY 7: On our final day, we'll enjoy a morning tour of the Western Maryland Scenic locomotive shops, followed by a drive to the Martinsburg Roundhouse for a private tour. The 1866 cast iron frame roundhouse will also be the location of our farewell dinner. We'll head back to our Washington, D.C. hotel to rest for the night.

DAY 8: Breakfast and shuttles to the airport will be provided.
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