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South Side Depot announces Civil War train rides

April 14, 2011
The Inter-Mountain

The valley of the South Branch of the Potomac River in West Virginia's Potomac Highlands saw an incredible amount of troop activity and action during the Civil War. Visitors can soon experience a part of West Virginia's Civil War history by taking part on a Civil War train ride conducted by South Side Depot in Petersburg on April 30.

While traveling on the train, riders will be able to watch Civil War skits and hear stories about the area's rich history.

"We are proud of our heritage and those on the train will see how Grant County was part of the event that helped shape this nation," said Julia Hartman, executive director of the Grant County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Reenactors from the Civil War Living History CO. B 3rd Maryland Infantry Co. A W.V. State Troops will be providing the history prospective as the train travels along the line that was used during the War Between the States.

McNeill's Rangers and the 22 NC Company I Artillery and support infantry will again protect Welton Park/ Petersburg Gap from the Yankee invaders on the South Side Express, at this year's Spring Mountain Festival.

The reenactment will also include encampments, cannon at Welton Park and a shoot out from the train. The whole ride will place visitors in days past and enhance their knowledge of the struggles and triumphs of Civil War Troops in West Virginia's Civil War History.

Boarding times are 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Admission is $7 per person, children age 2 and younger are admitted free. Tickets are available at South Side Depot. For more information, call 304-257-9264 or go online at



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