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“Steam Lives”

Durbin Greenbrier Valley Railroad
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Durbin
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Reviewed 30 September 2017

The Durbin Rocket is a visit to yesteryear. It's a beautifully preserved geared, steam locomotive. Coal, steam and power are what this railroad was about. The ride is two hours long and enjoyable every minute. A slow trip through the scenery of rural West Virginia returns one to times less hectic.

Thank Randy G
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Reviewed 2 September 2017

Funny thing here is that some ten plus years ago I came through here and stopped for some reason or other and heard a steam whistle. A short search as night fell and I saw a geared locomotive - I guess to be put to bed. Now I returned with my SO, who, like me is a train buff, but for her a diesel person. I didn't realize it, but this was the train robbery weekend! The track is old C&O branch line track, so, in all honesty a rod locomotive would be more in tune for the trip - which is an out and back with the locomotive pushing one way and pulling the other. At the "end of the line" there are two spots to place a well appointed caboose for one or more nights - we pushed three but only spotted one - but at least one was for the hold up cast. All in all it was a fun trip.

Thank GrandpaGene
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Reviewed 15 August 2017

We truly enjoyed the town of Durbin. Road the Durbin rocket train.Started to rain but stopped..enjoyable ride about 5 miles on a steam engine train. Stopped on a bridge and the engine took on water from the creek. Interesting to see...This is a great ride for young and old. We left at 2:30 pm and returned about 5 pm. A must see and do in the area. ( Also we had no Verizon cell service here or on the train)

1  Thank travelbug19902016
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Reviewed 29 July 2017

My wife and I decided to do the castaway caboose with our two young grandsons, ages 9 and 7. It was late July. We arrived very early, about 10:00 am, and we checked in at the office across the street. The lady was very nice and helpful. We then met Jay across the street, who told us what the loading procedure would be. Then based on the recommendation of the lady in the office,we drove to the observatory 10 miles away for the remainder of the morning. There was a free hands-on display that the grandsons liked, and we ate lunch there at the cafe. We returned to Durbin at about 1:00 and pulled our car into the place next to the caboose that Jay had directed us to do. Loading the caboose was easy. They thought of everything on the caboose. Bring your food, toiletries, and games to play, but everything else you need is on board.
The train ride to the campsite was interesting. We all sat upstairs in the cupula. The tracks follow the stream and you will pass a couple of farms. We saw one deer. After casting us away, we played in the stream and the grandsons ran their small RC speedboats. There were crayfish and minnows in the stream, but we didn't see any large fish, We hiked the tracks several times and looked for wildlife but didn't see anything except for frogs and lizards. Dinner was hamburgers and hotdogs on the gas grill attached to the trail end of the caboose. It rained off and on while we were camped here, but we ate outside on the picnic table with the canopy to keep us dry. We watched a DVD on the TV/DVD player. The grandsons also have tablets that they played on. There is one automobile style power port near the TV that you can use to plug in/charge your electronics. We also brought along one of those portable juice batteries. There is no cell phone service, but the kids like to play games on our phones. We slept on the futon, while the grandsons slept in the cupola. To convert the cupola for sleeping, you use the supplied boards and cushions. It rained all night, but the windows in the caboose have awnings so we kept the windows open. We slept good! They picked up us the next morning at about 11:00. It was a unique experience that we enjoyed and we want to do it again next summer.

7  Thank Markus122017
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Reviewed 18 July 2017

Loved the ride it was a great a great way to see the beauty of wv. the falls, the river, all the crew and the food can't wait to come back

1  Thank Debbie W
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