My Visit To Cass Scenic Railroad State Park

Hey y’all!  Looking back, it’s been three years to the day that I rode the Strasburg Railroad in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.  To commemorate that day, I am going to post pictures of my most recent train ride: the Cass Scenic Railroad.  Once a logging line, this 14-mile railroad has since been turned into a West Virginia state park, with old logging locomotives (mostly Shays) being used for power.  Starting at the Cass, West Virginia, railroad depot, your ride will take you up the nearby mountains, with several overlooks of the Appalachians.  The climb is a tough one, with grades that can reach 9-10%, and even then, two switchbacks are employed on the route.  Along the way, you will pass the recreated logging camp at Whitaker, where you can get a feel of what the area was like during the logging operations.  The summit of Bald Knob is the end of the line for the Cass Scenic Railroad, and here you get sweeping views of the Appalachians, as well as the National Radio Observatory in the valley below.  After a twenty-minute stop, you begin your journey back to Cass.  If you ever visit West Virginia, I would highly recommend a visit to Cass, where you can either take the train to Bald Knob, or the train to Whitaker.  Both are well worth the time.

Here are the pictures I took while I was visiting.  Enjoy!


Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with Cass Scenic Railroad State Park, and this is in no way a paid advertisement.  These are just my thoughts and descriptions of the ride.




Union Pacific Business Special 2.0

Well, I got another shot at the UP business special again.  It came eastbound from Jefferson City, Missouri, with top UP officials (including the president of the railroad) as well as Missouri’s governor and his staff.  I was not, however, able to get a decent enough picture of either the special or the freight train that passed literally seconds before.  I did get video, though, so enjoy!

Railside Adventures FB Page Update

Hey, you!  Yes, you!  Have you liked the Railside Adventures Facebook Page yet?  No?  Then you’re missing out!  It’s shaping up into a regular page now, with several of my videos, not to mention a collection of still pictures that I’ve been taking over the past few months, many of which can only be viewed on the Railside Adventures Facebook Page (I did say that I would post exclusive content on the page).  Here’s one of those pictures now, just to show you what you’re missing…

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This picture was taken in Kirkwood, MO, on 4/26/16 (yesterday) when this Union Pacific Business Special made its way from St. Louis to Kansas City.  There are plenty more pictures where this came from on the Railside Adventures Facebook Page, so be sure to stop by and join the 200+ people who already “like” the page!

New Video


Hey y’all!  Here’s a video I took today of a BNSF train crossing the 93-year-old bridge in Valley Park, Missouri.  If you want to see a still picture of the train, be sure to check out the Railside Adventures Facebook page!  Enjoy!

Wayback Wednesday: First Successful Railfan

Santa Fe and Burlington Northern units

It’s been over three years now since I’ve started this blog, can you believe it? They’ve made their presence felt, though, that’s for sure.

I decided to have a “Wayback Wednesday” today (fairly certain it’s a thing) to the first time I caught a train when I was trackside. Afterwords, it took me forever to find the footage and post it to Youtube, so it’s older than its posting date by at least a year. Anyways, the train was BNSF’s Chrysler Turn, and it was pulled by an ex-ATSF GP-38 and an ex-BN GP-38 (made it seem like the merger was just yesterday). They switched the local chemical plant and then pulled their entire train back to their starting point at Lindenwood yard. Enjoy!