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The Cass Scenic Railroad is the same line built in 1901 to haul lumber to the mill in Cass. The locomotives are the same Shay locomotives used in Cass during that time. Cass is the home to the world’s largest fleet of geared Shay locomotives. Six Shays, one Heisler and one Climax reside here. The legendary turn-of-the-century class C-80 Shay, #5 has been toiling up Cheat Mountain for nearly 100 years, making it one of the oldest engines in continuous service on its original line. It is also the second oldest Shay in existence.
1.5 hour round trip
Whittaker Station is located four miles up the track from Cass. The excursion includes two switchbacks that allow the train to gain quick elevation at a rate of 9 feet for every 100 feet of track (9% grade).
There is a 30-minute layover at Whittaker Station, the location of the authentic logging camp recreated by the volunteers of the Mountain State Railroad & Logging Historical Association. At the station, passengers have the opportunity to use the restroom and tour the camp.
4.5 hour round trip
At an elevation of 4,842 feet, Bald Knob is the third highest mountain in West Virginia. Located 11 miles up the mountain from Cass, the Bald Knob overlook offers spectacular views (on a clear day) into two states.
A “King of the Road” Hobo lunch is served on-board after the Old Spruce junction. There is a 30-minute layover at the Bald Knob viewing area to enjoy the view or use the restrooms available there. Bring a sweater or jacket. Temperature changes due to elevation.
Wild Heart Adventure Package
Beginning with the 2015 season, Mountain Rail Adventures launched an historic transportation system for outdoor recreation that will only expand what Pocahontas County – Nature’s Playground of West Virginia – has to offer. The Wild Heart of West Virginia adventure package allows riders to connect between the Cass Scenic Railroad and the Cheat Mountain Salamander, a diesel-powered passenger train originating in Elkins. This new multi-day adventure package brings passengers from Elkins to Cass and Cass to Elkins with lodging and special attractions.
Other Mountain Rail Attractions
In the event you miss the 2:15 PM Whittaker excursion, drive over to nearby Durbin to enjoy the afternoon Durbin Rocket train, powered by one of the three operating Climax steam locomotives in the world! Durbin is 29 min (19.2 mi) via WV-92 N from Cass.