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“Tygart Flyer Train Trip”
Review of New Tygart Flyer

New Tygart Flyer
Ranked #3 of 16 things to do in Elkins
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Reviewed 26 October 2010

My husband and I took the parlor car trip on Oct.24,2010. Beautiful sunny day which certainly added to an enjoyable trip. We both agreed the price was reasonable for the trip, the lunch which included our choice of sandwich from a selection of five or six and also choice of dessert. We founf two negatives. The first was regarding the service staff. Although the young lady did an excellent job of taking of all of us on full car, we did think it might be an improvement for this person to be dressed in a more appropriate outfit , raher than jeans and t-shirt. Also the music was quite low and could have been slightly louder and still would not have hindered conversation.

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Reviewed 25 October 2009

We signed up for this trip April 2nd and at 4:30a.m (the morning of the trip) we received a call that the train company switched cars for our trip and they had to eliminate 2 people. . that was us. We were walking the door to meet the bus when we got the call. HORRIBLE customer service. We will never schedule another trip with them.

6  Thank Neveragain032
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Reviewed 6 July 2009

We took the Dinner train from Elkins to the High Falls on the Fourth of July. There were only the diners in the dining car on the train; the other three passenger cars on the train were empty.

The trip up to the High Falls of the Cheat River is scenic, travelling along the Shavers Fork before going up to High Falls. Seating in the dining cars is at 4 person tables, so couples will get a chance to meet new people and chat during dinner.

The dinner started with shrimp cocktail, tender and not overcooked like so many. A mixed salad with choice of dressing was next. The main courses were a prime rib or baked trout. Both very good. Accompanying them were boiled new potatoes and steamed vegetables. Dessert was a chocolate cake or cheesecake with blueberries. All in our party went for the cheesecake.

A very passable chardonnay, a middling merlot and a rose were offered with dinner. There did not seem to be a limit, and glasses were refilled throughout the trip.

The high falls is a good view, but not terrific. It was good to get out and walk around. The couple hundred yards to the falls is worth it, although the path and rocks can be slippery.

Once dessert was finished on the trip down, we were free to move about the train. The conductor is a very chatty fellow, and a great source of information about the local area.

9  Thank jeff2362
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Reviewed 15 August 2008

We were also on the 8th of August trip and the things that stood out for me were the fact that the train, although being powered by two locomotives, never seemed to get above 12mph. The scenery was unvaried, although this was a diversion from the normal excursion. Apart from the speed, the worst part of the trip was the country railroad music that was played throughout the trip. The fact that during the 4 hour journey there was no place to get off and stretch your legs or remind yourself that you are on an old train was also not a plus. The food was quite good in the parlor car however and the staff were friendly and helpful.

3  Thank Matt_S_S
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Reviewed 9 August 2008

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.

11  Thank WV_Robert
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