Sitting under a night sky at Whittaker, a homemade creation; the Meadow River Lumber Company Skidder. Built in 1944, this skidder was used to pull logs up the mountain until 1966.
Breaking the silence of the mountains in Cass, WV, one of Cass Scenic Railroad's Shay locomotive navigates through the mountains with the whistle screaming. As the train slows down, Danny prepares... (more)
Local lore says that if you drink the water of the Leatherbark that you'll never leave Cass... It seems to be so!
Up Cass Hill.
Big 6 leads the day's train to Bald Knob upgrade at the upper switchback, meeting #5 leading the 11am Whittaker train downhill. Some of you may notice that it is unusual for a Cass engine to lead,... (more)
The only oil-fired locomotive there, something of a sacrilege in WV but looking good none the less. This little lokie is now in Oregon.
After arriving back at the Cass Shop, Western Maryland Big 6 undergoes servicing by engineer Danny Seldomridge and fireman, Andy Cassell. An MSRLHA event.
Cass conductor Gene Lambert provides hand signals to Big 6 engineer Danny Seldomridge as crews work to build a double header featuring both Western Maryland 6 and Shay No. 5.
While Shay No. 4 and a short log consist pose south of the depot in the background, Shay No. 5 leads a freight consist north on the Cass main toward the water tower. An MSRLHA event.
No. 4 steams upgrade through the "S" curve below Whittaker.
No. 4, with a short freight, steams downgrade past the Gum Farm between the upper and lower switchbacks.
Fireman Andy Cassell keeps Western Maryland 6 hot as it steams upgrade towards Whittaker.
Sounding like a 4-8-4 at 70 mph, Western Maryland 6 charges up Cheat Mountain towards Whittaker with engineer Danny Seldomridge at the throttle.
The business side of the "Big Six."
Cass 5 wins the "Shay Race" during Railfan Weekend 2013 (Don't bet your money...I think it's rigged!)