Southern Agenda

Do the Locomotive

The Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad’s tracks carry pleasure riders into the past. Old-school Shay, Climax, and Heisler locomotives pull a mix of vintage and refurbished passenger cars along a twentieth-century logging route and the Greenbrier River in Pocahontas County, where you might spot bald eagles, otters, turkeys, and black bears (leaf-peeping tours run through October 30). “Taking a scenic train trip seems to bring people closer to nature in a different manner than travel in the family car,” says John W. Smith, the railroad’s president. “We don’t really go very far or very fast, but the ride just seems to settle your nerves and soothe your soul.”