Railroad Tourism

Some might say that you can study anything in college. Well, that has become a little more true here in Elkins, WV. It is only appropriate that in a town built by the railroads you can find a Minor in Railroad Heritage Tourism at our local college. For more information please contact:

James Porterfield

Director, Center for Railway Tourism

P: (304) 637 – 1307

E: porterfieldj@dewv.edu

*The WVRRM is helping our friend Mr. Porterfield by promoting this unique opportunity for students going into heritage tourism, history, and other related fields. We do not benefit from applications to this program or college.

Oh Snap!

While your visiting stop and snap a selfie, or a group shot, with our C&O conductor! The picture below features our AFNHA AmeriCorps Service Member!

AFNHA Heritage Site Passport

We at the WVRRM are excited to announce the first Appalachian Forest National Heritage Area – Heritage Site Passport! This new program was the result of collaboration between Elkins, Beverly, and Buckhannon Heritage Sites and their AmeriCorps Service Members. This is a great addition to your weekend visit to Randolph County!




The West Virginia Railroad Museum

The AFNHA Discovery Center


The Stirrup Gallery


Beverly Heritage Center

Randolph County Museum


The Upshur County Historical Society

Answer the question at each site, get your passport signed, and receive an official History Hunter button! Come in and explore the Appalachian Forest National Heritage Area!


Grand Opening

The WVRRM is officially open for the 2019 Season!

Join us today (4/27) for the Grand Opening of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway Exhibit. This year we are happy to debut two new activities to better engage with our exhibit. The first is an Activity Packet for kids. They can follow Chessie’s paw prints to find interesting facts, fill out a C&O crossword, and color!

The second activity is the AFNHA Heritage Site Passport. You can become a History Hunter by visiting 6 local museums. Find the answer on each location’s page, get it signed by the front desk, and you get a History Hunter button! We are excited for the opportunity to kick off this new program that helps our visitors explore the many facets of Appalachian heritage!

Is there another perk to visiting the WVRRM? Yes! You can take home a WVRRM 2019 souvenir card that you get to stamp with an official C&O Company Seal!

We look forward to meeting you this summer!

REMINDER: Our hours have changed slightly. We will now be closing at 5pm.


Join Us for the 2019 Annual Membership Meeting

Join us on Saturday April 6 – Sunday April 7 for the West Virginia Railroad Museum 2019 Annual Membership Meeting and Exhibit Opening. You’ll have the opportunity to hear from Thomas W. Dixon, Jr., Chief Historian from the C&O Historical Society, ride part of the C&O Greenbrier Branch, and be first to view the new 2019 Exhibit: The Chesapeake and Ohio Railway in West Virginia!

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!

That’s a Wrap

Thank you to all of our visitors throughout the 2018 season! It proved to be our busiest season yet.

We would like to extend a big thank you to the B&O museum in Baltimore for generously loaning artifacts, resources, and expertise to our 2018 exhibit. Another thank you goes out to the individuals who lent us artifacts from their personal collections.

While the museum is closed to the public over the winter months, we will be hard at work on our 2019 exhibit The Chesapeake and Ohio in West Virginia! Be sure to check back here and on our Facebook page for updates on the exhibit, opening day, and new programs at the museum.

WVRRM is looking forward to a 2019 season that brings us into our community more than ever before.

Regarding both the B&O and future C&O exhibit: This project is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations do not necessarily represent those of the West Virginia Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Wishing everyone a safe winter!

2018 Season Coming to a Close

Although the weather would have us think otherwise, October is here! We hope everyone that came out for the Mountain State Forest Festival had a great time exploring Elkins.

We are back to our regular schedule for the rest of the month.**UPDATE** Dates for the remainder of the 2018 season are listed below. Regularly scheduled hours apply:

Thursday-Sun 9:30am – 5:30pm

10/11 – 10/14

10/18 – 10/21

10/25 – 10/27 (Saturday)

If you haven’t gotten to check out our exhibit The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad: West Virginia’s First Railway, there are only three weeks left before we close for the winter! We open in April 2019 with a brand new exhibit.