Sunset Trough

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Experience romance and timeless beauty on our sunset trips. Catch those magical moments created by shadows, reflections, sparkles, and colors, as you journey through a glowing canyon full of American bald eagles. Sunsets are among the most beautiful moments to share. Why not meet us onboard, unplug, and when the sun sets, watch it. Cozy up and ride into the sunset as you dine and explore.

  • Cruise the canyon as the day transitions to dusk
  • 3 hour evening train ride, no layover
  • Perfect romantic couples getaway
  • Chase the sunset as your ride the rails
  • Dine and ride into the sunset
  • Eagle sightings in a soft canyon glow
  • Unplug, reflect, and dream

Dinner Menu

Sweet sunset canyon cruises are the perfect venue for your dining experience.

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Canyon Overview

Learn more about the canyon’s history, wildlife, and nature to enhance your exploration.

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Your Itinerary

  • Plan to arrive at least by 4:00 PM
  • Check in upon arrival at the ticket window 
  • Boarding is at 4:30 PM
  • Departure at 5:00 PM
  • Meal service begins upon departure
  • Return to the Station at 8:00 PM

Cruise the canyon as the day transitions into dusk, South Branch waters glisten, and the Potomac Eagle casts its soft light as you return with the setting sun.

Class of Service and Pricing

Standard Coach

  • Adults (17-59): $70
  • Adults (60+): $65
  • Children (2-16): $40
  • Children (0-23 mos): FREE

A concession car is available to purchase snacks and drinks.  Cash only.  Oversized bags and coolers are NOT permitted.

Our 1920s coaches are great for groups and families. The cars have cushioned, bench-style seats with reversible backs so passengers can face in either direction and enjoy the scenery. The windows offer abundant views and can be opened for refreshment. The coach cars do not have total climate control, but there is limited heat availability and meal service provided by the concession car.

Standard Dining

  • Adults (17-59): $95
  • Adults (60+): $85
  • Children (2-16): $60
  • Children (0-23 mos): Free
Explore your casual-yet-classy side in our Standard Dining Cars. Enjoy your railway boxed lunch served in our vintage coach cars. Tabletop/chair style seating creates a comfortable and nostalgic trip. These cars have limited heating and windows which provide great viewing and ventilation.

Premium Dining

  • All Ages (2+): $120
  • Children (0-23 mos): Free
When you upgrade to Premium Dining, you’ll experience our vintage passenger cars. These cars offer casual 2 or 4 top tables, include a three course meal service, outstanding window views, and are climate controlled so you are perfectly relaxed during your trip

Superior Dining

  • Adults (17+ Only): $145

includes a 4-course meal (appetizer, salad, entrée & dessert)

Our beautifully restored dining cars with table service are climate-controlled to provide air conditioning or heat throughout the car. With our most upgraded meal service, complemented with an expansive view of your countryside journey, you’ll enjoy every moment in these comfortable vintage cars.

Superior Club

  • Adults (21+ Only): $145

Includes a 5-course meal (Charcuterie board, appetizer, salad, entrée & dessert)

Superior Club passengers enjoy the beautifully restored vintage club cars and are served 5 courses of heavy hors d’oeuvres/desserts (21+ only) in total climate-controlled settings.


To cancel your ticket, you must inform Potomac Eagle by 5PM the day before.

At this time no outside food or beverages will be allowed to be brought on the train! If you need to carry on a small cooler for medical purposes such as insulin injections then please inform the reservation office before the time of the trains departure.

Tickets that Include meal service require an advanced reservation. To cancel reservations involving meal service, cancellation must be made more than a week prior to departure date to obtain your full in house credit. A service fee will be deducted from your inhouse credit if meal service is cancelled less than one week prior to your excursion.

To purchase tickets after the cut off time, please call 304-424-0736.
Tickets are also available for purchase the day of the trip when you arrive at the station.

All reservations are assigned seats.
If you need to be seated with a separate reservation, please leave a comment or call 304-424-0736.

James Auer
James Auer
January 30, 2023
Great ride
Christian Boyd
Christian Boyd
January 25, 2023
This is a simple, slow-paced trip aboard an attractive 1950's-era train that gives you plenty of time to relax, unwind, and enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature with your loved ones. We chose Standard Dining, which is climate-controlled and included a basic but adequate lunch (cold sub, chips, water, etc). After our meal, we walked through the train to the open-air car for an unobstructed view. It was a very enjoyable experience and we would love to do it again.
Ally Quigley
Ally Quigley
January 16, 2023
I loved my experience on the Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad! I cant wait to come back again! Here is a picture from my travels!
David Kaplan
David Kaplan
January 6, 2023
Potomac Eagle puts on a good show for the Polar Express. Definitely plan to do a fall trip too at some point in the future.
January 4, 2023
Loved the North Pole Express
PATRICK franzen
PATRICK franzen
January 2, 2023
Most incredible time with my friends on the dinner train! Can't tell you the last time I had such a good time! Cheers to the Patomac Eagle Railroad!
January 2, 2023
Great experience for the kids. My granddaughter thoroughly enjoyed the show that put on for us.
December 31, 2022
Most amazing experience ever, truly magical, felt like we were at Disney World 8n the mountains. Can't wait to go back. Highly recommended, especially if you have kids...