The West Virginia Railroad Museum, Elkins, West Virginia

John Cowgill: Stories of the Railroad


Here you are.  You are in Elkins, West Virginia.  You have done one of the best things to do in Elkins: ride the train.  You just got off the Cheat Mountain Salamander or the Tygart Flyer or the Mountain Explorer.  Your day is done here.  Right?


Wrong!  You must make your way to the West Virginia Railroad Museum.


Just a short walk from the Elkins Depot is the West Virginia Railroad Museum.  You will not see any old locomotives, old rail cars or old cabooses.  What you will find is detailed chronologic history of railroading in the state of West Virginia.  From the arrival of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad to the coal mines to the different towns across the state, the railroad has been a big part of the state.  The museum features model trains to include displays of towns and industrial areas, old railroad maintenance equipment.  There are…

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