Upcoming Excursions

Soo Line 1003 Trek to Shriners Hospital for Children® Chicago

Soo Line 1003, a 103 year old steam locomotive, will be making a special appearance on August 12th at the Galewood Metra station (2031 N. Narragansett Avenue, Chicago, IL.) to benefit the Shriners Hospital for Children® Chicago. The Soo Line 1003 is one of only a few steam locomotives still operating in the United States. The locomotive and two cabooses will be on display to allow people the opportunity to tour and learn about the equipment. Please note, because of the age of the historic equipment, the train is NOT ADA compliant. Unfortunately, people in wheel chairs will not be able to board the equipment.

The event will take place, rain or shine, on August 12th from 2:15 pm to 4:30 pm. Parking will be available in the Metra parking lot located on the Southeast side of Narraganset Avenue. Additional public parking is located on the Northwest side of the Metra station on McLean Avenue.

There is no cost for the event but any donations received will benefit the Shriners Hospital for Children® Chicago and the Steam Locomotive Heritage Association (Soo Line 1003). Both organizations are 501 C (3) charities. Please join us on August 12th to experience a bygone era and to brighten the day for some deserving children.
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Galewood Metra station 2031 N. Narragansett Avenue, Chicago, Illinois Trek-to-Shriners-Hospital-for-Children-7-10-17




Cocoa Class Includes:
*Unlimited Specially topped Hot Cocoa
*Carhost Service
*Premier Assigned Seating
*Souvenir Mug
*Souvenir Bell, Ticket, & 1225 Collector’s Item
*Special Treat
*Admission to the Village of Ashley’s Country Christmas

Coach Class Includes:
*One Cup of Hot Cocoa
*Carhost Service
*Assigned Seating
*Souvenir Bell, Ticket, & 1225 Collector’s Item
*Admission to the Village of Ashley’s Country Christmas

Economy Plus Class Includes:
*One Cup of Hot Cocoa
*Carhost Service
*Assigned Seating
*Souvenir Bell & Ticket
*Admission to the Village of Ashley’s Country Christmas
Economy Class Includes:
*Souvenir Bell & Ticket
*Admission to the Village of Ashley’s Country Christmas

Caboose Class Includes:
*Private Conductor
*Same Amenities as Cocoa Class
*Room for up to 12 People!
Take a magical Christmas excursion and ride behind the WORLD FAMOUS steam locomotive Pere Marquette 1225 (PM 1225). Built in 1941, this majestic locomotive is most famous for its role in the 2004 Warner Bros Christmas Classic, THE POLAR EXPRESS- where the PM 1225’s blueprints were used
as the prototype for the locomotive image, and its sounds were used to bring the Polar Express to life!
Passengers will board the train at the Steam Railroading Institute in Owosso, Michigan and take a journey back in time to the Village of Ashley’s Country Christmas in Ashley, Michigan. The North Pole Express is a four hour magical experience that will create memories that will last a lifetime. The train ride will last approximately an hour each way, while the passengers will get approximately two hours to participate in the activities in Ashley.
In Ashley, included with your train ticket is: admission, entertainment (i.e. illusionist, magician, etc), horse drawn carriage rides, arts/crafts, Santa, glass blower demonstrations, chain saw carving, street performers, writing a letter to Santa, petting zoo, reindeer, and each year they add something new. Some of the things to do that will cost additional: Food (many options) & drinks (adult available at Gus’s Eatery and Saloon), lots of shops, games, a few rides, building toys, & face painting to name a few.


Photo Provided A train in the Cass Scenic Railroad Bald Knob Trip rides on the original line to take timber cut from the Monongahela National Forest to the sawmills in Cass.

DURBIN — West Virginia isn’t called Almost Heaven because it’s a catchy marketing slogan.

It’s also because West Virginia is known for its beauty and scenic mountains, which can be seen with a railroad excursion from Mountain Rail Adventures on the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad.
Cass Scenic Railroad Bald Knob Trip
* Departs Cass Depot at 11:45 a.m. Additional departure at 10:15 a.m. July 7 and July 22 and Tuesdays-Sundays Sept. 19-Oct. 22.
* June 6-Sept. 3, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday

Photo Provided The Durbin Rocket Excursion Train is powered by a rare steam locomotive, one of only three remaining operating Climax geared logging locomotives.
* Sept. 8-17, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
* Sept. 19-Oct. 22, Tuesday-Sunday
* Oct. 26-28, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
* Great Train Race, 10:30 a.m. July 15, additional ticket cost.
* The Cass Scenic Railroad is on a railroad line built in 1901 to haul timber to the mill in Cass and the locomotives are the Shay locomotives used in Cass during that time and in the rainforests of British Columbia for more than 50 years. Many of the passenger cars are refurbished logging cars.

Photo Provided Kids celebrate the Yuletide aboard the Polar Express, an adventure at the Cass Scenic Railroad.
Wild Heart of West Virginia Adventure Package
* Contact company for departure time. Your choice of return date, but return trip is not the same day. Price does not include cost of overnight accommodations.
* June 2-Sept. 17, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
* Sept. 21-Oct. 28, Thursday to Sunday

Photo Provided The New Tygart Flyer crosses a trestle on its excursion on the Shavers Fork of the Cheat River to the High Falls of Cheat.
* The new Wild Heart package offers a combined ride on two trains with one ticket — the Cass Scenic Railroad and the Cheat Mountain Salamander, with overnight package options in Elkins or Cass.
New Tygart Flyer
* Departs Elkins at 11 a.m.
* June 1-Sept. 17, Thursday through Sunday
* July 2, Bluegrass Bash, additional ticket cost
* Sept.19-Oct. 22, Tuesday-Sunday
* Oct. 26-28, Tuesday-Sunday
* The excursion features mountain grades, an S curve tunnel, a high bridge and unspoiled mountain views aboard vintage diesel-powered locomotives along the Shavers Fork of the Cheat River to the High Falls of Cheat. Trip includes a 30-45 minute stop-over at the Falls and an on-board cold sandwich buffet.
Cheat Mountain
* Departs Elkins at 9:15 a.m. or Cheat Bridge at noon.
* June-Sept. 17, Friday-Sunday
* Sept. 21-Oct. 28, Thursday-Sunday
* July 15, Great Train Race, additional ticket cost
* Named after an endangered salamander whose habitat is the Salamander River, the excursion goes through mountain wilderness in the high-country forests of Cheat Mountain on this most distinctive rail excursion, featuring great mountain vistas. Trip includes a cold sandwich buffet served en route.
Polar Express
* Departs Elkins Depot at 5 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. Reservations required. Railyard Restaurant dinners served 4:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.
* Nov. 5, 8-12, 15-19, 24-26 and 28-30
* Dec. 1-3, 5-10 and 12-17
* In a partnership with Rail Events Inc. through Warner Brothers Consumer Products, the Polar Express is based on the movie from Warner Bros. and the children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg about a doubting young boy who takes a train ride to the North Pole on Christmas Eve.
Mountain Explorer
Dinner Train
* Departs Elkins at 5:30 p.m.
* July 8 and 22
* Aug. 5 and 19
* Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30
* With dinner on-board, the Mountain Explorer Dinner Train four-hour, round trip through scenic West Virginia backcountry to the High Falls of Cheat. A four-course meal prepared is served throughout the
Cass Scenic
Whittaker Trip
* Departs Cass Depot at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
* June 1-Sept. 3, Wednesday-Sunday and Labor Day on Sept 4
* Sept. 7-17, Thursday-Sunday
* Sept. 19-Oct. 22, Tuesday-Sunday and Oct. 26-28
* Oct. 28, Halloween Special, additional ticket cost
* The Cass Scenic Railroad operates on the same line built in 1901 and the same engines to haul lumber to the mill in Cass. The locomotives also were used in the rainforests of British Columbia for more than 50 years and the passenger cars are refurbished logging cars.
The Durbin Rocket
* Departs Durbin Depot at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
* June 1-Sept. 17, Thursday-Sunday and Labor Day Monday on Sept. 4
* Aug. 5-6, Wild West Weekend Family Fun, additional ticket cost
* Sept. 19-Oct. 22, Tuesday-Sunday
* Oct. 26-28, Thursday-Saturday
* The Durbin Rocket Excursion Train is powered by a rare steam loco, Old No. 3, which is one of only three operating Climax geared logging locomotives on earth.
The Elf Limited
* Departs Cass depot at 5 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.
* Nov. 10-Dec. 10, Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays
Jinx the Elf is aboard the Elf Limited, Santa’s Holiday Train voyage in Cass.
Castaway Caboose Overnights
* Castaway Caboose pick-ups are made during the Rocket’s 10 a.m. run, usually around 10:45-11 a.m. Use the train schedule for the Durbin Rocket.
* Two original Wabash Rail Road cabooses have been renovated into comfortable efficiency suites on rails. The two depart from two locations, one from Cass Depot and the other from Durbin Depot.