Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad breaks ridership record

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Durbin Greenbrier
A Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad train winds its way through West Virginia mountains in 2014.
Chase Gunnoe
ELKINS, W.Va. — More people visited the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad than ever in 2016. According to preliminary figures issued by the West Virginia tourist and short line railroad, approximately 86,000 passengers visited the railroad between March and December 2016.

Total ridership for the season totaled 85,943 passengers, or 2,095 more passengers than 2015’s total ridership of 83,848 riders.

The railroad experienced its busiest month in October when nearly 22,000 passengers visited the railroad during the fall foliage season. In October 2016, the railroad handled 21,829 passengers compared to the 18,971 riders in October 2015.

Holiday ridership was also on the rise with railroad managers unveiling a new holiday train ride at the Cass Scenic Railroad. The Christmas-themed train took passengers along the former Chesapeake & Ohio Greenbrier line on tracks currently being restored between Cass and Durbin.

The tourist railroad operates trains in Elkins, Cass, Durbin, and Cheat Bridge.

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