2021 Museum Opening!

Hello everyone! It’s spring! Are you excited?

Our new opening weekend is Friday, April 30th – Sunday, May 2nd from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Our exhibit this season is called ‘20 – ‘20 Visions: 100 Years of West Virginia Railroading, and it is an ambitious, insightful, and expansive comparison of West Virginia’s railroad industry in the 1920s, and now, in the 2020s. Our exhibit features the professional railroad photography of Dr. Frederick J. Ripley as he explores the features of the railroad in West Virginia and surrounding areas, and his colorful modern images contrast our historic images and artifacts.

We are located on the second floor of the Darden Mill in Elkins, West Virginia, on the corner of 1st and Railroad Avenue. Come and see how your life is connected to the railroad, and how different that relationship might be if you lived here 100 years ago.

We will continue to be open the month of May on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

The Discovery Center, which is on the first floor of the Darden Mill, will be opening up that same weekend. If you come by to learn about West Virginia railroad history, you should go downstairs and learn about the area’s gorgeous national forests!

Exhibit Preview Weekend

Our exhibit, 20 – 20 Visions: 100 Years of West Virginia Railroading will open for a “preview weekend” this Thursday, 6/4 though Sunday, 6/7!

Our hours will be 10am-4pm each day.

To keep guests and staff safe, we will ask visitors to practice social distancing while at the museum. We also ask that everyone please wear masks to protect all visitors and our staff.

The admission fee will be waived for this special preview weekend, but we will kindly accept donations! Please check our Facebook page for updates on anticipated regular season dates and hours.

We are looking forward to sharing the exhibit with you all!

Season Opening

We are happy to announce that we are tentatively planning to reopen Thursday, June 4!

In accordance with state and local guidelines, we will limit the amount of visitors and ask everyone to please give at least six feet between themselves and other groups. We also ask all guests to please bring their own masks and wear them in the museum.

If the opening date is rescheduled we will post it here, so please keep checking back. We are excited to have our visitors here again!

COVID-19

We are sorry to announce that due to COVID-19, our annual members’ meeting originally scheduled for April 18-19 is cancelled. Tentatively, our museum will still open April 25. We will post updates as the situation evolves. We look forward to sharing our new exhibit with everyone — hopefully in the not-too-distant future!

Volunteers!

We’re scouting for volunteers for our 2020 season. Are you a railroad buff with knowledge to share? Are you a “people person” who likes to meet visitors from near and far? Are you an educator who has great ideas for railroad-related programming?

Whoever you are, we’d love to bring you aboard as a West Virginia Railroad Museum Volunteer. We will officially open for the 2020 season on April 25th, and our new exhibit will be ’20 – ’20 Visions: 100 Years of West Virginia Railroading.

Please visit our Volunteer page to learn more!

Join Us for the 2020 Annual Membership Dinner and Exhibit Opening

Join us on Saturday April 18 – Sunday April 19 for the West Virginia Railroad Museum 2020 Annual Membership Dinner and Exhibit Opening. You’ll have the opportunity to ride part of the C&O Greenbrier Branch and be first to view the new 2020 exhibition: 100 Years of West Virginia Railroads. After the dinner, we’ll hear from our keynote speaker, Dr. Frederick J. Ripley. Dr. Ripley is an acclaimed railroad photographer whose imagery of West Virginia railroads is featured in our 2020 exhibit.

You can view the full agenda and registration form here. To register for the membership meeting, print and return the lower portion of the agenda. We look forward to sharing a new exhibit with you in April!

First Ride Raffle Begins

A Big thank you to everyone who stopped by the Elkins Auto Extravaganza to see the Rail Car! We had great weekend getting to talk to you about our favorite project.

The First Ride Raffle has officially begun and tickets will be available for purchase until July 3, 2020. The drawing will be held July 4, 2020. Learn more about the Cadillac

How to purchase Tickets:

  1. Online
    • Navigate to Make a Donation
    • INCLUDE – “Cadillac Raffle” in comment box
    • INCLUDE – address if you want to receive physical tickets. Otherwise you will receive an email confirmation.
  2. By Phone
    • call the museum during regular hours (304) 637-4810 and pay over the phone using your credit card
  3. In Person
    • Stop by the museum during regular business hours and pay using cash, check, or card.

**Regular Hours:

April – October

Thursday – Sunday, 9:30am-5pm

Exploring Elkins this 4th of July? We’re open all weekend! Come in and show off your Red, White, & Blue!

 

Cadillac Rail Car

June 2019 Update

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1946 Cadillac Series 62 Rail Car
West Virginia Railroad Museum
Restoring a Beautiful Piece of Railroad History

By: Bryan & Johnette Totten
The restoration of the Western Maryland Railway Car #6, 1946 Cadillac Rail Car Project, is a unique undertaking, recreating an authentic rail car as it appeared over 63 years ago. Restoration began March 9th, 2019 by volunteers when the car was moved from its long-time storage location in Beverly, West Virginia to B&B Auto in Elkins, West Virginia.

As restoration began sadly many areas of the car were more deteriorated than the initial assessment reflected.   It has also been discovered that much of the side chrome and stainless trim has been lost or misplaced during moves from one location to another.  The remaining chrome/stainless pieces have been sent off for estimates on straightening, polishing and rechroming.

To date all of the doors, deck lid, hood, and quarter panel extensions have been removed and repaired.  The quarter panels, fenders, and main body still has to be finished.  The trunk area and inner fenders were badly hacked at the time of transformation in the Cumberland shops and will need to be addressed.

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