Rails WITH Trails
is a bold vision to preserve the Shenandoah Valley's heritage, re-empower the rail line as an economic engine, and create a full range of tourism and recreation opportunities.
Rails AND trails can not only co-exist but compliment each other!
The Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) trail in nearby Western Maryland is a perfect example of what we advocate; a bike trail paralleling a scenic railroad route with plenty of parking, shops and amenities along the way. Rails WITH trails is more than possible.
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Railroading in the Shenandoah Valley
A broader audience in the Shenandoah Valley
Beyond the cycling community, a Shenandoah Valley tourist railroad would attract a wider, more diverse group of families, Civil War/history enthusiasts, railfans, small business supporters. We believe this will boost the projects return on investment while minimizing the cost! See our cost analysis here
Strasburg Railroad in nearby Lancaster, Pennsylvania, attracts 300,000+ visitors ANNUALLY! This attraction supports the local Amish merchants and the greater community. 
By making making comparatively minor upgrades to the railroad tracks, a 25mph tourist scenic railroad is more than feasible!