A Stroll Through Elkins, West Virginia

John Cowgill: Stories of the Railroad

Old Train Station in Elkins, West Virginia

The city of Elkins in the U.S. state of West Virginia is in the eastern part of the state. Although no interstates serve this city, it is a crossroads for U.S. Routes 33, 219 and 250. (It is also possible that Interstate 66 may make its way here in the future.) It was once a railroad hub for the West Virginia Central and Pittsburgh Railway. When they merged with the Western Maryland Railway, luxury passenger train service came to the town. Sadly, that all died in 1958. What was once a railroad hub was a hub no more.

Today, the train station remains, and it is the home of the Tygart Flyer, the Cheat Mountain Salamander, and the Mountain Explorer Dinner Train, and it is also a tourist information center. (Information on the trains is at https://www.mountainrailwv.com/.) A rail trail follows theā€¦

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