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Music & Rails of West Virginia 2017

Music & Rails of West Virginia 2017

Experience an action-packed trip to the beautiful mountains of West Virginia. Observe the splendid scenery from the windows of two well-maintained trains, listen to the sounds of Branson-like performers, and enjoy some interesting attractions along the way.

Package Includes:

2 Night's Lodging, 2 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 2 Dinners (1 at Graceland Mansion), 3 Shows: Gandy Dancer Theatre Show, Appalachian Song Performance, Franks Family Music Show, Durbin Rocket Train Ride, New Tygart Flyer Train Ride, Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, Admission to the Museum of American Glass, Baggage Handling and Transportation.



Day 1

As we make our way toward West Virginia, our first stop will be at the Durbin Rocket where you will have time to visit the Rails and Trails Store for gift and souvenirs before boarding the train for a leisurely excursion. Built back in 1929, the Durbin Rocket is powered by a standard class C-90 3 truck Heisler #6 locomotive and was most recently used at Cass Scenic Railroad. Enjoy the beautiful river and mountain views from the authentic 1920's era coaches and vintage wooden cabooses on this two-hour excursion through the Monongahela National Forest. Afterwards, we will get into the spirit of West Virginia with a dinner show at the new Gandy Dancer Dinner Theatre. The Gandy offers a down-home meal paired with a Branson-style variety show featuring impersonations, good-time comedy interludes, and fine musicianship. Finally, we will make our way to our host hotel Hampton Inn-Elkins (304-630-7500) for a two-night stay. The hotel features an indoor pool, fitness center, a business center, and complimentary Wi-Fi access. The spacious guest rooms offer a coffee maker, microwave, refrigerator, hair dryer, and iron and ironing board.


Day 2

Breakfast will be included at the hotel with a side order of entertainment featuring Appalachian songs and tales of the hills of West Virginia in the timeless tradition of the Hammond Family. All Aboard!!! Next, we will climb aboard the New Tygart Flyer. The train offers one of the most exciting mountain wilderness excursions in the U.S. For the railroad enthusiasts, the New Tygart Flyer travels over tracks that were formerly part of the Western Maryland Scenic Railway and the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. The 4-hour, 46 mile round trip features two separate mountain grades, an "S" curve tunnel, passage into a 1,500 deep canyon with steep densely forested slopes, and the crossing of a high bridge over the rushing Shavers Fork of the Cheat River before reaching your destination at "High Falls of Cheat," an 18' high, 150' wide waterfall in one of the most remote and pristine settings in the eastern United States. A hobo lunch will be provided on the train. After our excursion, we will depart for dinner included at Graceland Mansion. Built in 1893 by Henry Gassaway Davis and eventually named after his daughter Grace, the mansion's exterior is constructed of native sandstone in the Queen Anne style of architecture and its interior is decorated in native hardwoods, notably quartered oak, bird's eye maple, cherry and walnut. Following dinner, get ready to be entertained by the Franks Family Music Show. The Franks Family presents a lively performance packed with great music including everything from bluegrass to the Beatles, as well as comic relief all appropriate for the young and the young at heart. After the show, you will return to the hotel for the evening.

B, L, D

Day 3

After breakfast included at the hotel, we will check out and depart for Weston, WV, with some interesting sites and history of the area along the way. We will make a stop at the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum for a first floor tour of the building. The asylum is the second largest hand-cut stone building in the world, and it housed the mentally ill of Virginia prior to West Virginia's statehood. During the Civil War the building was used as an important military post. Our final stop of the trip will be at the Museum of American Glass. The museum's mission is to share the diverse and rich heritage of glass as a product and historical object. Marvel at the different shapes, ornately cut pieces, beautifully decorated and uniquely colored glass pieces on display. As our tour comes to an end, we will say farewell to the glorious mountains of West Virginia and continue home with meal stop en route.




B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour. Pick up locations can vary by date. Please visit detailed overview tab for tours with multiple dates.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour. Pick up locations can vary by date. Please visit detailed overview tab for tours with multiple dates.

Name Address Contact Details
Camp Hill Camp Hill Radisson, 1150 Camp Hill Bypass
Park near Radisson sign across from McDonalds
Carlisle Carlisle Point Mall, 800 East High Street
Park in mall lot across from Pizza Hut
Chambersburg Chambersburg Wal-Mart, 1730 Lincoln Way East
Park in Wal-Mart Lot behind gas station
Hanover Hanover - Staples Shopping Ctr, 440 Eisenhower Dr
Park along grass island in center of lot
York York Four Points Sheraton, 1650 Toronita St.
Go to the right and park in the far corner of lot
York Springs York Springs - Wolf's Terminal
200 Old US Rt. 15 - Park near large sign
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