Freight hog 611? Norfolk & Western 611 chugs slowly through the north end of the yard in Spencer, NC, hauling a short mixed freight. It almost seems to be heresy that the "ultimate st... (more)
Protectors of the rails. NS Security Personnel pose with Norfolk & Western J-Class #611 as official photographers, including Casey Thomason (left) document the event.
Let it shine! Members of the Fire-up 611 Crew take advantage of a little down-time to wipe away a morning's worth of accumulated soot on their big Northern, in preparation for an afternoon ... (more)
Last minute orders. An N&W Agent hoops up a last-minute update to train orders as the crew of a J-Class Northern departs the Spencer Yard with a north-bound freight.
Relics of a Golden Age. A pair of classic automobiles pause for the passage of a Norfolk & Western mixed train, headed up by a streamlined, J-Class Locomotive that is a classic in its own r... (more)
Her Majesty has left the building. With Fire-up 611 crews carefully monitoring her every move, Norfolk & Western 611 eases out of a stall in the Bob Julian Roundhouse and onto the Spencer T... (more)
Reporting for work. With a hiss of steam from the cylinder cocks, the big Norfolk & Western J-Class #611 slowly eases off the turntable and into the yard at Spencer. Shortly, she'll tie on... (more)
Nature giveth....and nature taketh away. The overgrown siding on the old C&O Durbin Branch is home to a number of pieces of ancient railroad equipment that probably should have been scrappe... (more)
Dead Lined..... Squirreled away on a little-used, overgrown siding off the C&O Durbin Branch, sits a rather rusty piece of machinery that I never expected to see as I hiked along the Greenb... (more)
Miller Time...... After dropping his photo freight on a siding adjacent to the depot, long-time Cass Engineer, Dirk Caloccia takes his 70-ton Shay #4 back to the shops, where she'll join 3 ... (more)
Storming into Whittaker. With a thunderstorm hammering Cass and nearby Greenbank just over 3 miles behind her, the 162-ton Western Maryland Shay #6 does a little storming of her own, enteri... (more)
Work extra to Spruce. The 70-ton Lima Shay #4 heads north on the main line with a short work train destined for Spruce. This location is known as "Old Spruce" and is the junction... (more)
Where rod engines dare not tread. Demonstrating a feat that no rod engine can perform, the former Mower Lumber Company Shay #4 accelerates her work train away from a water stop at Oats Cree... (more)
Mounting a top-end charge. In the vernacular of the drag racer, the 162-ton Western Maryland Shay #6 makes her move to "drive around" the 90-ton Heisler #6 as the Mountain State R... (more)
Race ya to the water tower! Three of the Cass Scenic Railroad's four operable steam locomotives participate in the annual "Great Locomotive Race" at the Mountain State Railroad & ... (more)