Cass No. 11 to Return to Service

This weekend will see Cass Scenic Railroad Shay No. 11 return to service after nearly a three-year absence.

No. 11 will participate in the Great Train Race celebration in Spruce, West Virginia, running alongside Western Maryland EMD BL2 No. 82, which has been repainted into the WM fireball paint scheme.

The Shay will also join Shays Nos. 2, 4, and 5 in operation at Cass this season, along with Cass Scenic Railroad Heisler No. 6 in Durbin, West Virginia.

Built in 1923 for the Hutchinson Lumber Company of Feather Falls, California, No. 11 spent much of the mid-20th century at the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum in San Diego before going to Cass in 1997.

During its downtime, No. 11 underwent a Federal Railroad Administration required Form IV overhaul and the replacement of the locomotive’s left and rear firebox sheets.

Workers installed several hundred new rivets and staybolts and renewed several dozen flexible staybolts.

The locomotive also received a new stack and renewed bearings on the line shaft.

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