the Real Lil’ Leroi
The setting of this story is a real location. The Durbin Rocket, its tracks, and the trains of the Durbin Greenbrier Valley Railroad do exist as presented in Pocahontas County, West Virginia. The pristine, quaint environment inspired the fictional characters and helped to make the color of the tale.
The trains make up a large track system traveling the highlands of the Monongahela National Forest and the Cheat Mountains. A variety of diesel, Shays, and steam trains run the routes. Beginning in the early 1900’s these tracks were used to transport harvested timber then latter carried coal, and today they host popular West Virginia Railroad tourist attractions.
Check out The Durbin Greenbrier Valley Railroad web site, for beautiful rides over our high mountains and low valleys, cascading rivers and the high falls of Cheat River. This company features the Polar Express ride from the Elkins, WV station and it was acclaimed for a premier presentation of the favorite Christmas story.
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