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 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!
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:
- 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.
- By Phone
- call the museum during regular hours (304) 637-4810 and pay over the phone using your credit card
- In Person
- Stop by the museum during regular business hours and pay using cash, check, or card.
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!
June 2019 Update
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.
Are you a boy scout? Do you know a boy scout? The WVRRM is happy to help boy scouts earn their Railroad Merit Badge! Refer to your Boy Scout Handbook for up-to-date requirements for the badge.
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:
Director, Center for Railway Tourism
P: (304) 637 – 1307
*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.
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!
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!
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.