Aerial view of the train as it travels through the Trough


Trough Trip
Our regular excursion is a 3-hour trip that goes southbound through the Trough to Sycamore Bridge and back. (It is approximately 35 miles round-trip.) There is no layover; passengers stay on-board.

All-Day Trip to Petersburg
On the last Saturday of the month (May – September), we offer an 8-hour trip to Petersburg. This is a longer version of the Trough Trip; it goes further south, to the end of the line, through Moorefield and into Petersburg. (It is approximately 76 miles round-trip.) There is a layover in Petersburg, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours long. Passengers have time to enjoy the South Side Depot as well as shops and restaurants.

*Both southbound trips travel through the Trough, where bald eagles nest!


Green Spring Special passing by rock cliffs near Blue Beach

Green Spring Special
Due to popular demand, we have added more Green Spring Specials in 2018! Previously, we offered this trip just once a year (the last Sunday in October, the last day of the season) for those railfans who enjoyed riding “rare mileage.” We found over the past two years that more families are enjoying this trip because it is shorter and more affordable.

The trip to Green Spring is a 1 1/2 hour trip northbound. (It is approximately 25 miles round-trip.) Enjoy river views along the South Branch of the Potomac River as well as beautiful farmland and rock cuts (like Hanging Rock). There is no layover; passengers stay on-board.