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Depot announces Civil War train rides

April 19, 2012
The Inter-Mountain

The South Branch Valley in West Virginia's Potomac Highlands saw an incredible amount of troop activity and action during the Civil War.

Now, folks can experience a unique part of this history and join in a railroading adventure by taking part on a Civil War train ride conducted by the South Side Depot in Petersburg on April 28.

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

"The Civil War was not something that just happened at Gettysburg or Shiloh or Atlanta or Antietam. It also happened in Petersburg and Moorefield and Franklin, and it affected the lives of everyone who lived in these areas," said Randy Ours, re-enactor with the Civil War Living History Co. A WV State Troops. "While we enjoy entertaining others as re-enactors, as living historians it is also our hope that something we do or say will perhaps light a spark in someone to get them interested in learning more about our great history."

Ours' group will be joined by Co. A & Co. I of 22 North Carolina Infantry, as well as the McNeill's Rangers to provide passengers with a first-hand historical perspective of what the life of a soldier was like during that era.

Riders also will enjoy seeing a cannon at Welton Park and shootout between the Union and Confederate re-enactors as the train travels along the same line used during the War Between The States.

Boarding times are 11:30 a.m., 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m.

Tickets are available at South Side Depot, and for more information is available at 304-257-9264 or



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