It’s been too long…


It has been a really long time since I’ve posted anything here.  At this point, I’ve moved primarily to Facebook to post pictures and videos, with an occasional video going to YouTube.  Even though I’m in college now, I’ll still try to post something here every now and then, maybe once a month.  On that note, here’s my latest video, shot at the Wabash, Frisco, and Pacific!

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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


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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!