Scenic Railway now offering recreational tours
STAUNTON, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Staunton had developed a new attraction called the Virginia Scenic Railway.
It has two tracks. One track is called the Blue Ridge Flyer, and the other one is called the Alleghany Special. Both of these trains take riders to view the incredible scenery of Virginia.
The Blue Ridge Flyer gives riders very unique sites, including roaring through the darkness of the Blue Ridge Tunnel, which was carved out of rock.
The railway travels through Staunton, Fishersville, and Waynesboro and a view of Afton Mountain before making a second pass through the Blue Ridge Tunnel.
Passengers can get a soda, coffee, a meal, and a sweet dessert.
This train is a three-hour ride that will depart at 3:30 p.m. every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
The Alleghany Special gives riders the opportunity to experience the beauty of Virginia's Shenandoah Valley as the train travels westward through historic Staunton, through the beautiful farmland of the Shenandoah Valley, and through the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests.
Meals, dessert, coffee, soda, and water will be available on the train, and the train departs Thursday through Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
“It’s a great way to see some just some beautiful sceneries, some nice farmland and some quaint little towns, and some distant mountains," said Steve Powell, the president of the Buckingham Branch Railroad. "We also go through part of the national forest, so just a lot of views through there.”
He says this has always been something the railroad wanted to do but hasn’t been able to start until recently when the Virginia Passenger Rail Authority purchased the line.
“This is huge. We have the link for the Virginia Scenic Railway on our city’s website through tourism and we’ve already received over one million hits," said Staunton Mayor Andrea Oakes. "I mean that is breaking all kinds of records. This is going to help the city as far as getting the word out there about everything Staunton has to offer."
For more information, click here. They are $110 per rider. The trips last for three hours.