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Cass to Hold Heritage Weekend in May

January 11, 2018

A three-day railfan event will be hosted May 18-20 at the Cass Scenic Railroad.

Billed as a heritage weekend, it is oriented toward railfan enthusiasts, historians, and photographers with an appreciation for geared steam locomotives and rail preservation. Tickets are $275 per person.

The opening events on May 18 include a special dinner and night photo session at Whittaker Station, the first in more than 10 years.

On Saturday, there will be a daytime photo session to Spruce, featuring steam-powered freight and passenger consists.

That evening another photo shoot will be held at Cass and feature views inside the Cass Shops and an opportunity to take photos of multiple locomotives under steam.

Railroad officials will hold a question-and-answer session and provide an update about the railroad’s restoration efforts.

On Sunday morning, an excursion will depart from Cass and travel north on the Greenbrier Line toward Durbin, West Virginia.

This route is currently under construction and is expected to connect with the southernmost end of the Durbin line in late 2018.

Passengers on the excursion will be able to inspect some of the new track.

“The revenues generated from these events directly benefit projects such as our Greenbrier Line rehabilitation and steam locomotive restorations. Our railfan community gets to enjoy and capture parts of the railroad otherwise inaccessible, and we get to earmark the funds for ongoing projects,” said Durbin & Greenbrier Business Development Manager Chase Gunnoe. “This will be unlike previous events. We’re sitting down now with our operations team and determining how we can make this most impactful for our followers who want to see something different.”

Trains, Cass Offering Photo Freight

March 19, 2016

The Case Scenic Railroad and Trains magazine are teaming up to offer a photo charter on June 3 featuring rebuilt Pacific Coast Shay No. 2.

Cass ScenicTickets are priced at $322.77. They are now on sale and limited to 25 participants. The fare includes a box lunch and drink. The trip will depart at 8 a.m. and return at 4 p.m.

No. 2 was built by Lima in 1928 and is the only locomotive of its type to operate east of the Mississippi River. Restoration work on the locomotive is expected to be completed soon.

It will be pulling log cars and two cabooses. Trains Editor Jim Wrinn will coordinate the event.

Click on this link to purchase tickets or obtain further information.

Cass Scenic Sets July Photo Event

March 5, 2016

A photo event has been set for July 16-17 on the Cass Scenic Railroad.

Sponsored by the Mountain State Railroad & Logging Historical Association, the event will coincide with the “Great Train Race” weekend on the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad.

Cass ScenicThe photography event will feature a “turned” Shay locomotive, a freight train consist and multiple photo runbys.

The photo event is being offered in lieu of the annual Railfan Weekend in May.

The association said the railfan weekend was canceled due to low attendance the past two years and the prospect of continued low participation.

Cass Scenic Sets Railfan Weekend May 16-18

January 8, 2014

West Virginia’s Cass Scenic Railroad will host a Railfan Weekend on May 16-18, an event that will include multiple excursions with photo run-bys, night photo sessions and tours.

On Friday, an excursion will depart Cass at 8 a.m. for a run to Bald Knob with photo run-bys at Old Spruce, Oats Run and Bald Knob. The train will return to Cass 5 p.m.

On Saturday, the excursion will depart Cass at 8 a.m. for Spruce and Big Cut. Photo run-bys are planned with a return by 5 p.m.

Sunday operations will feature the famous triple locomotive race and an 8 a.m. trip to Whittacker Station, returning to Cass by 2:30 p.m.

Night photo sessions hosted by Railfan & Railroad magazine editor Steve Barry are scheduled for Friday and Saturday nights,.

Tickets and reservations are available by mail by writing to Cass Scenic Railroad State Park, P.O. Box 130, Green Bank, WV 24944. Phone orders can be placed during regular business hours at 800-225-5982 and asking for the Cass Scenic Railroad.

Tickets are $250 for all three days. The price includes Friday breakfast and box lunch, Saturday and Sunday box lunches, and both night photo sessions. There are no Saturday-only tickets.

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