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Rail tales on the Potomac


“Two eagles sitting in a tree!” exclaims Jean Shoemaker, our 80-year-old spotter. “Look for the dead tree in the river, then go straight up the mountain and you’ll see them.” Everyone aboard the train swings to the windows to peer at a pair of bald eagles casually yet majestically looking out over the South Branch of the Potomac River.
My wife, Rebecca, and I have driven out to Romney, West Virginia, in July to board the Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad, which offers a variety of rides on a former B&O railroad line every weekend starting in May and continuing through December. (During the holiday season, a family-friendly “North Pole Express” ride includes storytelling, Christmas carols and a visit from Santa.) Our journey, the three-hour “Trough Trip,” is Potomac Eagle’s bread-and-butter ride, featuring West Virginia history and panoramic views.
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