Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad
Based out of Romney, West Virginia, and following a course set by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad many years ago, the Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad offers an immersive experience that combines fantastic cuisine and dramatic views. The line came to be in 1979 after the Public Service Commission called for a scenic railway to boost tourism in rural West Virginia. This project opened as the South Branch Valley Railroad and operated mainly in the fall until it joined with an outside company in 1991 and became the line visitors know and love today. Now, guests may ride aboard the train on weekends between May and November, except in October, when there are daily departures to capture autumn's changing colors.
Vintage diesel engines lead the Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad, and passengers are seated in fully restored rail cars for their trips from Wappocomo Station out into the vast beyond. There are four levels of service from which to choose, with each offering not only a different seating arrangement and an increasingly extravagant menu.
All passengers have access to the train's observation cars. The covered car features a roof with open sides for uninhibited views of the passing scenery. Access to this car is permitted throughout the course of the trips. The gondola offers a fully open viewing experience, with outward-facing bench seats. Guests may venture to this car as the train stops right before entering the Trough, but children younger than six years old are not permitted. As the train winds through the Trough at a leisurely pace, riders are invited to observe eagles in their tree-top homes and the impressive cliffs surrounding them before returning to their reserved seats. The quiet beauty of West Virginia beckons on the Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad.