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Railroad Repaired: Steam locomotive makes the first trip between Cass and Durbin in nearly 30 years

DURBIN — The Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad recently announced the completion of a 15-mile long section of railroad between Cass and Durbin, W.Va. following a multi-year restoration. On February 1, 2023, the official steam locomotive of West Virginia, the 118-year-old Shay No. 5, made the first complete trip over the line since 1985.

Beginning this spring the Greenbrier Express will depart the restored, historically important town of Cass and closely follow the free-flowing Greenbrier River to the small mountain village of Durbin. The ride upriver to Durbin passes through secluded wilderness featuring beautiful scenes of forested mountains at each turn of the river. Sightings of deer, river otters, and black bears, along with a wide variety of eagles, hawks, and ospreys are common.

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