We took a Friday day excursion of the New Tygart Flyer from Elkins to Tygart Junction. It was a round trip of about 52 miles and took approximately four hours. We booked the parlor car instead of the standard fare, so our review is based on that.
The train left at around 11:20 am and headed out of Elkins toward Junior, Belington, and finally Tygart Junction. The car itself was nice - the seats were comfortable (this is not a fully restored car as you might see on the Potomac Eagle, but it was nice). Some of the seats have tables, some do not. We were seated at the back of the car and had a tremendous view. Keep in mind that seats are not assigned, and that if you want a particular seat, arrive early.
Shortly after we departed, a lunch buffet was opened in our car. Drinks were served at the seats, and you could go up to the bar to fix yourself a sandwich, get some fruit or pasta salad, etc.
The scenery along the track was interesting; there was a gentleman in one of the cars ahead of us that occasionally came over the PA system and announced various sites along the route. We did not enjoy the train music that was played when he was not speaking. The hostess was able to turn the music down, so it was not terrible.
The staff that we had a chance to interact with was very pleasant. Our hostess was interesting and she was glad to give us more information when we asked.
Overall, this was a pleasant experience. The route which we were on was not spectacular (we took an excursion from Cheat Bridge to High Falls last year and preferred the scenery along that route a bit more) but quite nice. I recommend this, and hope to return for a different excursion.
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