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Nine-hour Salamander train ride Saturday

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A nine-hour, 128-mile roundtrip ride into the high country spruce forests atop Cheat Mountain takes place Saturday, starting at 9 a.m., from the Elkins Depot of the Cheat Mountain Salamander excursion train.

The high country rail trip is taking place to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Nature Conservancy in West Virginia, and will include a talk by the Conservancy's state director, Rodney Bartgis, on the restoration of West Virginia's spruce forests and other conservation projects in the state.

Stops include a visit to the High Falls of Cheat, and to the town site of Spruce, once the highest and coldest town east of the Mississippi.For reservations, call 1-877-686-7245. Receive a $5 discount by providing the following code to the reservation agent: NC-SPRUCE-0160.


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