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.





Kansas City Action

Hello everyone!  I recently went on a trip across the state to Kansas City and was able to do some railfanning while I was there.  One interesting catch from the trip was a pair of GP-39s from the Kansas City Terminal.  I had never heard of, let alone seen, any GP-39s before ever.   While I work on the video, I thought I’d post the pictures I took of some of the trains that passed.  Enjoy!


Summer Railfanning Part 3

Hey y’all! Here’s part 3 of my Summer Railfanning video series! I actually started filming the first part back in May, so it’s been a longer road than I anticipated. My original plan was to combine all of my summer railfanning footage into one video, but when I uploaded all the footage to the computer, I decided I might as well go with three videos (the more the merrier, right?). There were some interesting finds in the rail yard where I filmed this, so I hope you enjoy it!

P.S. Sorry it took so long to get this one posted.  To make it up to you, I went out and got another rare railfanning catch, but I won’t fully disclose what it is yet.  For now, let’s just say I saw a screaming eagle :).

Summer Railfanning Part 2


Here’s part 2 of 3 for my Summer Railfanning series.  Here, we see a BNSF local train with one GP-38 in the Heritage 1 paint scheme and the other still sporting its BN green.  Enjoy!

Summer Railfanning 2015 part 1



Here’s part 1 of 3 in my Summer Railfanning 2015 video series.  It’s been in the works for months now, so I hope you like it!