The New Tygart Flyer

High Bridge

New Tygart Flyer on the High Bridge over Shavers Fork. Photo accessed at:

A few weeks ago, Mrs. Present and I needed a short get-away. Central Appalachia has experienced a bit of heat this summer, so we wanted to do something relaxing. Elkins, WV is just two-and-a-half hours away and is home to the Durbin and Greenbrier Valley Railroad. Part of the Mountain Rails family of scenic railroads, the D&GVRR offers several routes and packages. We chose to ride the New Tygart Flyer, a four-hour round trip into the beautiful mountain valley of the Shavers Fork of the Cheat River. We booked the Parlor Car, an all adult car with a cold cut sandwich buffet, desert, soft drinks, wine, and a host. After passing through a tunnel, trout camps, and some very rugged terrain, the out-bound trip ends at the Upper Falls of the Cheat. A severe rainstorm the previous evening left the river high. It also stranded several hikers at the railroad’s shelter at the falls. They rode back with us for the return trip. If you are visiting the area, and want to relax while taking in pretty views, I recommend the New Tygart Flyer.

Elkins Western Maryland Station

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Tygart Loco

Loco 2

Shaver's Fork of the Cheat


From High Bridge

Upper Falls of the Cheat

Upper Falls of the Cheat


Fossils near the falls

Engine moving for return trip

Moving engine for return trip

Old Bridge to Durbin

Passing the old Durbin Bridge

Our Car

Parlor Car

In the tunnel

In the tunnel


Out of the tunnel


Fishing Camp



Back to Elkins, WV


  14 comments for “The New Tygart Flyer

  1. July 13, 2019 at 11:02 pm

    Some of your photos make this look like a model train. Spectacular river photos. Looks like a pleasant way to spend a day.

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  2. July 14, 2019 at 12:00 am

    What marvelous photos! I’m surprised my husband never mentioned that railroad. It sounds like a delightful ride.

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  3. Cindy Sigmon
    July 14, 2019 at 1:51 pm

    Always request the parlor car. Worth the small upcharge.

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  4. July 14, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    Looks like a great getaway!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. July 15, 2019 at 10:34 am

    I know Elkins, and I’ve fished Shavers Fork. Although I was born in Clarksburg we moved to Michigan when I was real young my family and I go back home often. Haven’t rode that railroad yet but will, thanks to your post.


  6. July 15, 2019 at 10:41 am

    I know Elkins, and I’ve fished Shavers Fork. Even though I was born in Clarksburg we move to Michigan when I was very young. However we always go back to visit family. I haven’t rode that railroad yet, but plan on it thanks to your post

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    • July 15, 2019 at 11:17 am

      Did not know you had a hillbilly connection! Many of my relatives left WV for Michigan. Down River area, back in the 60’s & 70’s. American’s share many common stories. The train ride is a short, relaxing afternoon. Hope you enjoy it.

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      • September 5, 2019 at 10:03 am

        What part of WV did your family come from. We may be related 😊


      • September 14, 2019 at 8:45 pm

        Kanawha County, mainly. Some in Greenbrier, Putnam, and Jackson Counties.


  7. July 16, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    This sounds like a lot of fun, and so much gorgeous scenery!

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  8. July 24, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    I’m putting this on my list of places for my Gypsy Road Trip. Looks like a beautiful ride and I always enjoy a train ride besides.


  9. September 3, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    Reblogged this on quirkywritingcorner and commented:
    Elkins is where I was born. I have not been back in ages. My dad used to take us to the Forest Festival and we would get to visit family.


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