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Cass train brings the past to life

June 28, 2012
The Inter-Mountain

Nestled in the mountains of West Virginia, Cass Scenic Railroad State Park offers excursions that transport passengers back in time to relive an era when steam-driven locomotives were an essential part of everyday life. Trips to Cass are filled with rich histories of the past, unparalleled views of a vast wilderness area and closeup encounters with the sights and sounds of original steam-driven locomotives.

The town of Cass remains relatively unchanged. The restored company houses, now rented as vacation cottages, add to the charm and atmosphere of the town. From the company store and museum to the train depot, you'll find an abundance of things to do prior to your departure on the historic Cass Railroad.

The Cass Scenic Railroad is the same line built in 1901 to haul lumber to the mill in Cass. The locomotives are the same Shay locomotives used in Cass and in the rainforests of British Columbia for more than a half-century. Many of the passenger cars are old logging flat-cars that have been refurbished.

The Mountain State Railroad & Logging Historical Association has recreated a logging camp of the 1940s at Whittaker Station that shows both the living quarters and the equipment used by the loggers. The centerpiece of Camp One is a Lidgerwood tower skidder, one of only two examples left in the world. These huge railcar-mounted machines carried logs out of the woods on aerial cables for distances up to 3,000 feet.

More information is available by calling 304-456-4300 or visiting cassrailroad.com.

 
 
 

 

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