Cass Railfan WeekendThe Association’s Board of Directors reluctantly decided not to sponsor a 2016 Cass Railfan Weekend. This decision was made at the Association's August 1 Board meeting and was made because of the relatively low attendance in 2014 and 2015 (just over 200 riders both years) and the likelihood of multiple railfan events competing for railfan attendance in 2016.
Update 3/20/16: IT’S OFFICIAL! This July 16th and 17th, MSR&LHA will host a new event called Membership Weekend featuring the “Railfan Express”! Click here for all the details.
The Climax Locomotive Restoration Project
The Association's involvement in the project to restore the Cass Scenic Railroad State Park's Climax steam locomotive ended in December, 2015. The new operator responsible for the Park's railroad operation and maintenance, the Durbin and Greenbrier Valley Railroad, informed the Association that its assistance in the project was no longer need. The Association began the massive restoration project in 2002 and it was estimated to be approximately 80% complete. It is anticipated that the remaining work on the locomotive will be completed by DGVR personnel.
John Smith, DGVR President, made the following statement about the transition: "The Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad will be finishing the remaining work on Climax No. 1551 in order to ensure a safe and efficient restoration. The project, started by the Mountain State Railroad & Logging Historical Association is nearly 80 percent complete. As the project moves forward at [DGVR], the locomotive will be able to be built into the railroad's maintenance schedule and will be assembled at the Cass Shops using overhead cranes and qualified DGVR personnel. This process will allow the railroad to finish the remaining tasks needed to bring the locomotive to operating condition."
Past Association Projects
The Greenacre Photo Award
Historic Interpreter Jobs in Cass
There are two Facebook pages devoted to the Association and the Cass Scenic Railroad:
The Association's Facebook page contains more timely information than this Web page. Click here to go to the page.
The Casshews page is an informal site that is devoted to the Cass Scenic Railroad. Click here to go to the page.
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The links below will lead you to photo albums that document the Association's activities over the years and the equipment and operations of the Cass Scenic Railroad.
There are a number of videos of railfan trips at Cass on the YouTube Web site. Go to www.youtube.com and enter cass railroad (two words with a space between) in the search window.
Photos of Association Activities
Recent Climax Restoration Project activities (1)
Recent Climax Restoration Project Activities (2)
Recent Climax Restoration Project Activities (3)
Early Climax Restoration Work (1)
Early Climax Restoration Work (2)
Constructing the Whittaker Camp (1991-96)
Reconstructing the "wye" Track (1997)
Moving Shay 11 from California (1998)
Constructing & Equipping the Restoration Building (2000-02)
Rebuilding the Cass "Bobber" Caboose
Photos from the Greenacre Photo Contest
Photos of West Virginia Lumbering & Railroads
Other West Virginia Railroads (1)
The Greenbrier Railroad
Short video of Ely Thomas operations in 1964-65
Elk River Coal & Lumber Co. Log Line in 1958
Photos of the Cass Scenic Railroad
Historic Operations (1901-60)
Cass Railroad Operations (1)
Cass Railroad Operations (2)
Cass Railroad Operations (3)
Cass Railroad Operations (4)
The Town of Cass
The (former) Town of Spruce
Cass Shop (before the 1972 fire)
Cass Shop (after the fire)
Cass Lumber Mill
Cass Roster - Locomotives
The Cass Roster - Rolling Stock
Cass Track Guide
Comparison of Geared Locomotive Types
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|May 7, 2016
at 1 PM in the Terry House in Cass, W. Va. (Meeting reschedule from April 9)
Note1: The start time has changed from the originally scheduled 7 PM to 1 PM.
Note2: Sleeping accommodations will be very limited. Contact Bob Hoke at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the meeting if you are interested in spending the night.