Steamer Making Way by Highway to Cass Scenic

A truck has delivered the tender for Buffalo Creek & Gauley 2-8-0 No. 4 to the Cass Scenic Railroad as part of a plan to return the 1926 Baldwin-built steam locomotive to its home state for restoration.

The tender made a 275-mile journey by highway from Pocahontas County to the Cass Scenic.

During the next 30 days the locomotive’s cab, boiler, wheels and other components will also travel by highway to Cass from Spencer, N.C.

The Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad, which operates the Cass Scenic, expects to have No. 4 operating in 2016.

“Durbin & Greenbrier Valley is privileged to bring BC&G No. 4 back ‘home’ to West Virginia with the goal of finishing the project begun by the North Carolina Museum of Transportation,” said owner John Smith.

Restored in 1986, No. 4 was lettered and numbered as a replica for Southern Railway 2-8-0 No. 604.

It was used to pull 3-mile passenger excursions at the North Carolina museum through November 2001.

After the current restoration project is completed, No. 4 will appear as it did when it operated on the Buffalo Creek & Gauley Railroad.

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One Response to “Steamer Making Way by Highway to Cass Scenic”

  1. Phil Bostian Says:

    From what RR, where, did the tender come. As I recall, Spencer was short a tender after the sides on another one basically fell in, and they swapped tenders around. I had wondered where BC&G was on the Spencer site. I found the locomotive sans cab stored in the old paint shop in 2011. I don’t understand their reluctance/refusal to restore #4 given that it was the engine that opened the site. Spencer has NO operating steam.

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