BC&G No. 4 on its Way Back to West Virginia

As one steam locomotive prepares to leave the North Carolina Transportation Museum to go home to Virginia, another is already on the road, albeit by highway, back to West Virginia.

Buffalo Creek & Gauley No. 4 hit the road with a convoy of four tractor-trailers en route to the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad.

The Baldwin-built steamer spent most of its working career in the Mountain State. It last ran in 2001 and has been at the North Carolina museum for several years.

The D&G plans to restore No. 4 to operating condition at the Cass Scenic Railroad and begin operating it in 2016.

The return home began when a crane hoisted the boiler, running gear, flues, cab and miscellaneous parts of the locomotive onto flat-bed trucks.

No. 4 entered tourist train and excursion service after the BC&G halted operations in 1965.

It worked for the Quakertown & Eastern tourist railroad in Pennsylvania and the Southwest Virginia Scenic in Hiltons, Virginia, and the North Carolina museum.

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