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Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad Presents Expansion Plan in Barbour County

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The Durbin and Greenbrier Valley Railroad is trying to expand into the most unique tourist rail excursion network in the world.

The railroad's president and conductor presented their plan to the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce Thursday afternoon.

The $25 million project would include tearing up tracks from Bergoo to Snowshoe and relaying them Glady to Durbin, to complete a 90 mile circle connecting three railroads and offering economic opportunity for six counties.

"Barbour County sees a benefit with the folks out of Belington primarily," said Lars Byrne of Durbin and Greenbrier Valley Railroad. "We've been there now for 14 years and we currently don't have a train running regularly out of Belington. This would put a train back in Belington and just tie it into the whole network."

"It brings in new opportunity for things like kayaking, biking," said John Smith of Durbin and Greenbrier Valley Railroad. "There will be new bike trails, hiking opportunities and overnight camping and overnight lodging that's the key the overnights."

Smith said the plan will create more than 60 miles of rail trails.

He said he's looking at several ways to fund the project and hopes to finish it by the end of 2015.