The Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad, Inc. [DGVR] has announced a brand new holiday attraction that is coming to the Cass Scenic Railroad in Pocahontas County. The “Elf Limited” train ride is a brand new train attraction that brings Christmas spirit to the rails of Pocahontas County. The new Christmas-by-rail train debuts in Cass on Nov. 25-27 and will run each Wednesday through Sunday from Nov. 30 until Dec. 11. Trains will depart at 5 and 7 p.m. each day of operation.
The new partnership is a collaborative effort between DGVR and the Old Brick Playhouse theatre group of Elkins. This holiday season, Santa and his elves will interact with passengers on-board the Elf Limited to tell the story of what it’s like to become one of Santa’s special helpers. The enclosed, climate-controlled and steam powered train will operate along railroad tracks that DGVR personnel have been rehabilitating between Cass and Durbin.
“We are grateful to have the opportunity to bring a new Christmas train to Cass this holiday season – one that extends our normal operating season beyond the fall color season,” said Chase Gunnoe, external affairs manager at DGVR. “Typically, our season would end in late October, but this year, holiday trains in late November and early December will keep people visiting Cass and the region.”
As a result of this first-ever holiday series, the railroad is partnering with the nearby Snowshoe Mountain Resort on lodging accommodations and marketing efforts.
“Our debut of the ‘Elf Limited’ takes place during Snowshoe’s seasonal opener and we are grateful to be able to work with them on promoting both the train and the resort and its amenities,” Gunnoe said. “Essentially, West Virginians or out-of-town visitors can come to Pocahontas County for the weekend and find plenty to do without leaving the area.”
“It’s not just tourism – but it is promoting economic activity for the Cass Scenic Railroad State Park, Snowshoe and other attractions. We look forward to making it grow.”