This is your chance to become a part of history! For the first time since 1958, a passenger train excursion from Grundy, VA to Devon, WV will pass through Pike County, Kentucky. This first-of-its-kind passenger rail excursion is schedule for April 12-13, 2014. The excursion is part of Norfolk Southern’s “21st Century Steam Program” and will be operated by the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum. The train will depart from and return to downtown Grundy, Virginia. The excursion will travel into Pike County, Kentucky before arriving at Devon, West Virginia prior to its return to Grundy. A former Southern Railway 630 steam locomotive will power this special excursion train with diesel assistance.
Scenic Rail Excursion with History & Entertainment
This excursion train experience is unique in that it travels through Hatfield McCoy country. Experience the history of America’s most famous feud with character monologues, performed by Kentucky’s most award-winning community theatre, ACT Inc. Enjoy unmatched scenery during one of Pike County’s most beautiful seasons, complete with colorful red buds, calm streams and vibrant vegetation. Visitors who stay in Pikeville, KY can also enjoy a Hatfield McCoy Guided Tour, The Big Sandy Heritage Museum, and live bluegrass music from local artists, all at a reasonable price. Pikeville City offers a wide variety of dining options that you will love. From nightlife at Bank 253 and the Blue Raven Restaurant & Pub, to dining in the new Hilton Garden Inn Restaurant and Bar, there are a variety of wonderful flavors to try. Chirico’s Italian Restaurant, located on Main Street in Pikeville, is located in the home of Randolph McCoy, one half of the famous patriarchs of the feud. With food, friends, and entertainment, choose Pikeville for your excursion train getaway. Below are 2 easy steps to book your train excursion package.
Step 1: Book Discounted Lodging
This very special event is sponsored by Pikeville Hampton Inn, Hilton Garden Inn, Holiday Inn and Landmark Inn, with many of them offering special discounted rates for our visitors. Be sure to book your lodging in advance to take advantage of this special offer, before booking becomes unavailable. Mention “Train Excursion” when calling hotels for booking.
Pikeville Lodging Offer
Booking with Pikeville Hotels includes all the amenities you could expect from top quality lodging. Each hotel is conveniently located within close proximity to local attractions. See below for what each hotel offers.
Other lodging offerings
Step 2: Buy Your Tickets
Tickets are affordably priced at $35 for coach seating and $45 for deluxe seating, and will be available through TvRail.com OR by calling 423-894-8028. Climate-controlled coaches will provide comfortable seating and large windows for viewing the picturesque mountain scenery. This trip will operate over the Norfolk Southern Pocahontas Division’s Buchanan Branch line (former Norfolk & Western Railway) on a 72-mile round trip. Departure location will be the Grundy Town Center shopping complex parking deck at 1179 Riverview Drive. Departure times are 8:00 a.m. or 2:30 p.m., returning around 12:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., respectively. Passengers will stay on the train for the entire trip, including while the train is turned around in Devon. The route begins in Virginia and takes riders through a portion of Kentucky before touching the edge of West Virginia, following the Levisa Fork River and passing through several tunnels. It ends uniquely by exiting from a tunnel onto a double-bridged wye track over the Tug Fork River. A commissary car will sell snacks, soft drinks and light food items in addition to souvenirs.