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.

 

 

 

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March Railfanning 2015


 

Hi everyone!  I’m posting today with the footage and some stills from my trip to Florida this past March.  The railroad was the Tavares, Eustis, and Gulf Scenic Railroad, A.K.A the Orange Blossom Cannonball.  The railroad does own a steam engine, but she only pulls the trains on Saturdays, so the engine I saw working was the railroad’s 1941-built GE 45 ton center cab switch diesels.  Even though it wasn’t running, I got some stills of the steamer, a 2-6-0 wood-burner.  Hope you like it!  Be on the look out for a post on this weekend’s Train Day, which I will be spending at the Kirkwood Amtrak station hoping to watch Norfolk and Western 2156 begin her journey to Roanoke, where she will spend the next five years.  Until then, thanks for reading and happy rails!