Durbin & Greenbrier Valley RR
The Durbin & Greenbrier Valley RR operates out of two locations: Elkins, WV and Durbin. There is more variety at the Elkins operation, with four different trains offered.
Durbin is home of the Durbin Rocket, a train powered by Old #3, one of only three operating Climax geared logging locomotives on earth. The 55-ton antique was built in 1910 for the Moore-Keppel Lumber Co. in nearby Randolph County. Unfortunately the railroad was not in operation the day we arrived in Durbin, so we didn't get to see Old #3.
12 Apr 2007
The Durbin station is well-maintained.
#45, a rod-locomotive, was parked outside the station.
An un-numbered Whitcomb switcher.
Un-numbered Whitcomb switcher
These two ex-Wabash cabeese are members of the Castaway Caboose program. One can rent a fully equipped caboose for a night; the afternoon train will haul you and your caboose out to the boonies where it will drop you off for the night. The morning train will pick you and the caboose up and get you back to Durbin.
Some other cabeese on the property.
Now here's the way to ride the rail - a 1950 Chevy outfityted with large spoke weheels and an airhorn.
Here's a little more up-to-date rail vehicle, based on a Ford Bronco.