Trough Canyon

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Trough Canyon is our most popular excursion. Join us for an authentic Appalachian railroad journey across scenic countryside to see American bald eagles in their canyon home. An excursion highlight is the iconic view into the Trough Canyon at Sycamore Bridge as you cross the historic South Branch Potomac River.

  • Experience a remote West Virginia canyon habitat
  • 3 hour round trip, no layover
  • Our most popular railroad destination to see American bald eagles
  • Choose from 5 Classes of Service for your dining preference
  • Immerse yourself in nature on our open-top Gondola car
  • Narrated historical trip with timeless scenic views
  • Outdoor recreation (birding, photography & sightseeing)

Dinner Menu

Whether your mood is sweet or spicy we have a meal service selection to satisfy your taste.

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Oct 10 AM Menu

Let us prepare your railroad dining experience in a unique and relaxing atmosphere.

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Canyon Overview

Learn more about Trough Canyon to enhance your wilderness exploration.


Your Itinerary

Couple enjoying the trough trip

We have several different departure times for our Trough Canyon trips

10:00 AM Trip

  • Check in at the ticket window between 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM 
  • Boarding is at 9:30 AM
  • Meal service begins upon departure 
  • Return to Station at 1:00 PM

1:00 PM Trip

  • Check in at the ticket window between 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
  • Boarding is at 12:30 PM
  • Meal service begins upon departure 
  • Return to Station at 4:00 PM

2:30 PM Trip

  • Check in at the ticket window between 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
  • Boarding is at 2:00 PM
  • Meal service begins upon departure 
  • Return to Station at 5:30 PM

Classes of Service and Pricing

Potomac Eagle comes with five classes of service.  You choose the best option for your railroad experience from Superior comfort and dining to casual Coach and concessions.

Superior Club

Ready to feel like royalty? These beautifully restored 1950s club cars offer cozy loveseats with tables and booths and are climate-controlled for your comfort needs. The classic, stylish setting invokes memories of the days of luxury rail travel and helps guests immerse themselves in their railroad dining experience.  With 5 courses of heavy hors d’oeuvres/desserts and expansive views of the rolling countryside, you’ll enjoy every moment in these unique vintage cars.

  • Adults (21+ Only): $145

Superior Dining

Our 1940s dining cars with table service are climate-controlled to provide air conditioning or heat throughout the car. With our most upgraded 4-course meal service, you will enjoy delicious dining in a relaxing setting.  Expansive windows allow guests to ride, dine, and explore throughout their journey.

  • Adults (17+ Only): $145

Premium Dining

When you upgrade to Premium Dining, you’ll enjoy 3- course meal service in our comfortable dining cars. These cars have outstanding window views and are climate controlled so you are perfectly relaxed during your trip.

  • All Ages (2+): $120
  • Lap Children (0-23 mos): Free

Standard Dining

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 open and close to provide great viewing and ventilation.

  • Adults (17-59): $95
  • Adults (60+): $85
  • Children (2-16): $60
  • Lap Children (0-23 mos): Free

Standard Coach

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.

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

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

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...