Historic Trains of Maryland & West Virginia featuring the New River Train
Travel through the spectacular fall foliage of the Allegheny & Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia and Maryland by train, including a scenic journey along the New River Gorge aboard the New River Train.
Travel through the birthplace of American railroading on this 8-day autumn adventure. The dazzling fall foliage will amaze you as you travel through colorful vistas onboard five scenic rail excursions, including an extra-special journey through West Virginia’s New River Gorge on the New River Train, which only operates twice a year.
Baltimore and Ohio Railroad is one of the oldest railroads in the United States and the first common carrier railroad. Start off with time in Baltimore, which includes a city tour and visits to the B&O Railroad Museum and US Naval Academy. Then settle into Elkins, West Virginia for a three-night stay. You'll enjoy rides on a variety of trains that take you through the mountain wilderness for tranquil, scenic views. Stop at the National Radio Observatory and later enjoy a great dinner and musical revue.
Then it's on to Monongahela National Forest and White Sulphur Springs for a visit to the luxurious and historic Greenbrier Resort. Enjoy the local Hinton Railroad Days before you board Amtrak’s Cardinal back to Chicago.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Rail transportation onboard Amtrak’s Cardinal (1 night on train)
- Hotel accommodations for 6 nights
- 12 Meals (Meals on Amtrak’s Cardinal when upgrading to private sleeping accommodations)
- Western Maryland Scenic Railroad
- Cass Scenic Railroad featuring the most powerful Steam Train, Shays
- Cheat Mountain Salamander with its diesel locomotive
- Durbin Rocket, powered by Old #3 Locomotive
- New River Gorge Fall Foliage Train Excursion
- B & O Railroad Museum
- Baltimore City Tour
- Fort McHenry National Monument
- U.S Naval Academy Tour including dinner in the Naval Academy Club
- National Radio Astronomy Observatory
- The Greenbrier Resort Bunker Tour
- Hinton, WV Railroad Festival
- Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
- Services of a professional tour manager
- Baggage handling
Day 1 – Arrive Baltimore
Arrive in Baltimore and settle into your hotel, where you will meet your tour manager. You then have free time to venture out on your own for some Baltimore crab or to a local Brew Pub. Overnight Baltimore.
Day 2 – Baltimore City Tour / B&O Railroad Museum / U.S. Naval Academy
Start your day with a city tour of Baltimore, which includes a stop at the Fort McHenry National Monument. Then visit the B&O Railroad Museum for a self-guided tour of the most important railroad collection in America. Enjoy lunch on your own before visiting Annapolis, Maryland, home to the US Naval Academy. Take a walking tour of the historic campus and enjoy dinner at the Naval Academy Club. Overnight Baltimore, MD. (B, D)
Day 3 – Western Maryland Scenic Railroad
Travel to Cumberland, MD for a ride on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad. Afterwards, take a motorcoach into Elkins, WV where you have a free evening to enjoy this quaint historic town. Overnight Elkins, WV. (L)
Day 4 - Cass Scenic Railroad / Cheat Mountain Salamander
Today is full of railroad adventure, as you relax onboard two scenic West Virginia trains. First, start with the Cass Scenic Railroad and then meet the Cheat Mountain Salamander for a ride into the high mountain wilderness of West Virginia. Overnight Elkins, WV. (B, L)
Day 5 – Durbin Rocket / National Radio Observatory
Ride in one of only three remaining Climax geared logging locomotives on the planet. The ride follows the banks of the Greenbrier River into the West Virginia wilderness, where you end the ride at the Durbin Depot for lunch. Then visit the National Radio Observatory in Green Bank, WV before returning to the hotel in Elkins. Tonight dinner is included at the Railyard Restaurant, followed by the “Greatest Show on Rails" musical revue. Overnight Elkins, WV. (B, L, D)
Day 6 – Greenbrier Resort
Journey through the colorful Monongahela National Forest to White Sulphur Springs, the home of The Greenbrier Resort. In 1958 the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway secretly built a bunker underneath the hotel for the possible evacuation of the President, Senate and House of Representatives if war broke out during the Cold War. A docent takes you on the Bunker Tour before free time to enjoy the scenery and shops of this historic resort. Overnight Huntington, WV. (B, L)
Day 7 – New River Train in Premium Class
Today, embark on a scenic fall foliage rail journey through the New River Gorge aboard the New River Train to Hinton, WV. Admire the autumn colors of West Virginia in Premium Class, where you will dine on freshly prepared breakfast and dinner and enjoy soft drinks, coffee and water throughout the trip. Arrive in Hinton, WV for a visit to their annual Hinton Railroad Days. Return to Huntington aboard the New River Train this the evening to board Amtrak’s Cardinal overnight to Chicago. Overnight train. (B, D)
Day 8 – Tour Conclusion
Your fall foliage journey onboard some of America’s most historic trains ends late this morning as the Cardinal arrives at Chicago’s Union Station.
Rail Your Way
Add more flexibility to your rail vacation by choosing when and where to begin and end your vacation. Whether you want to go east to west, west to east, north to south, south to north, start at the beginning, travel the reverse itinerary or begin in the middle, Rail Your Way allows you to tailor make your rail vacation so you can have the experience you want.
Look for the Rail Your Way icon to identify those vacations that offer customized rail connections or joining points. Ask your rail specialist how you can have Rail Your Way!
Extend Your Vacation
Extend your rail vacation with new city packages in Chicago, Toronto, and Vancouver. Optional pre- or post-night packages include hotel accommodations for two nights and popular local sightseeing, and may be added to the beginning or end of qualifying rail vacations.
Look for the Extend Your Vacation icon to identify those vacations which offer new city stay packages. Ask your rail specialist for details about these pre- and post-night extensions.
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Western Maryland Scenic Railroad
Enjoy an excursion on a restored diesel locomotive—a GP30 built in the 1960s. This tour includes a narrator to provide you with interesting historical facts and significant cultural locations along the route to Mountain View. Relax on bench-style seats that invite conversation, and visit the cash snack bar when hunger strikes.
Cass Scenic Railroad
Ride the line that was built in 1901 to haul lumber as you hop onboard a former logging flat-car that has been refurbished into a passenger car. The powerful Shay steam trains were designed to travel steep mountains. With direct gearing to each wheel, these historic trains are built to negotiate twisting mountain grades. Your ticket includes admission to:
- Cass Showcase
- The Railroad and Logging History Museum
- Cass Historical Museum featuring the Kyle J. "Catty" Neighbors Logging Collection
- Logging Camp Tour
- Interpretative activities as available including maintenance shop tours!
Cheat Mountain Salamander
This diesel locomotive takes you through the high country spruce forests of Cheat Mountain. Travel through a tunnel built with an “S” curve far underneath Cheat Mountain, enjoy the mountain views and chances to spot wildlife. Passenger cars are climate-controlled and a cold sandwich buffet is served en route.
This steam train is powered by Old #3 Locomotive, one of only three operating Climax-geared logging locomotives on Earth. The Durbin Rocket offers the comfort of closed cars and the freedom of open cars for picture-perfect views. This 55-ton antique was built in 1910 and you can ride in authentic 1920-era coaches and vintage wooden cabooses.
New River Gorge Fall Foliage Train
This train runs through beautiful New River Gorge in southern West Virginia. Premium Service offers a seat in a lounge car with large picture windows and breakfast and dinner onboard the train. This train stops in Hinton, WV where guests can enjoy the Railroad Days Festival and an indoor Railroad Museum.
Choose from Reserved Coach Seat, Business Class or Viewliner Bedroom accommodations on this rail that travels between New York and Chicago. You can enjoy a sit-down meal or grab a snack on your seat as you watch the scenery whiz by your window.
Hotels for 2018 include Royal Sonesta Harbor Court, Baltimore, MD; Holiday Inn Express Elkins, Elkins, WV; and Hampton Inn Huntington University Area, Huntington, WV.
Dates & Prices
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|15th October 2018||$2,199||Book Now|
|22nd October 2018||$2,199||Book Now|
|15th October 2018||$2,554||Book Now|
|22nd October 2018||$2,554||Book Now|
|15th October 2018||$2,784||Book Now|
|22nd October 2018||$2,784||Book Now|
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Amtrak Coach: Departs 15th October 2018 ($2,199), 22nd October 2018 ($2,199)
Amtrak Roomette: Departs 15th October 2018 ($2,554), 22nd October 2018 ($2,554)
Amtrak Bedroom: Departs 15th October 2018 ($2,784), 22nd October 2018 ($2,784)
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