From Wikipedia: The railroad operates excursion trains over a former Baltimore
Ohio RR line that runs between Green Spring and Petersburg. The West Virginia
State Rail Authority (SRA) owns the line and freight service is provided by the South
Branch Valley Railroad.
The Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad's excursion trains run from Romney to Moorefield
with occasional longer trips to Petersburg.
All excursions use diesel locomotives.
The Potomac Eagle runs on the track of the South Branch Valley Railroad, which was established
by the state of West Virginia in 1978 to operate a line abandoned by the B&O. Freight
service on this line operates on weekdays and occasionally on weekends, so the line is
usually free for excursions on the weekends.
In 1989 efforts began to attract an excursion operator, and service began in 1991.
A highlight of the trip is passage along the South Branch Potomac River through "The
Trough", an area noted for bald eagle sightings. end Wiki.
The Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad is a little over a mile north of Romney WV.
All trains depart from Wappocomo Station, 1.5 miles north of Romney on WV 28.
The Potomac Eagle had been up for sale for a while, and was "just" sold to
new owners in March 2019.
Coming in from the east via US50? Turn right onto WV 28 North. Wappocomo Station is
approximately 1-1/2 miles on the left. Follow signs; train is in station. Entrance is on
north end of the train (pass the train for entrance).
Romney WV is located
~130 miles from Baltimore MD
~100 miles from DC
~75 miles from Hagerstown MD
~125 miles from Staunton VA and I-81 at I-64
~210 miles from Roanoke VA
~100 miles from Morgantown WV
~150 miles from Pittsburgh PA
There are two classes of travel on the Potomac Eagle: Club and Coach.
Club fares are decidedly higher. These are 2019 prices.
Club Trough Trip: $110
Club All Day Fare: $175 Club Green Spring Trip: $50
It's not looking like Seniors get a break here.....
Club tickets must be purchased ahead of time by phone or on the internet -
no in person sales.
Coach Trough Trip: $50 / $45 Seniors Coach All Day Fare: $90 / $80 Seniors
Coach Green Spring Trip: $25 / $20 Seniors
NOTICE: ALL tickets have a PROCESSING FEE. It is 9 bucks for the
$50 tickets, and higher on the Club tickets.
That's easily an extra 20%+ with sales tax. Make sure you factor that
in before you load up the car and head out!
Over the years, there have been quite a few postcards printed up for the
Potomac Eagle, here are a few I have found on EBay.
Credits for the postcards can be found on my West Virginia stations (& postcard) page:
Here are the CSX engines, one while on the lead of the CSX Business Train
heading out of Baltimore, and one when still in Family Lines colors
while in Erwin TN, home to the Clinchfield.
Courtesy of the University of Texas Library, click here for their index page.
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