Departing Ellamore. Re-creating her days as a Middlefork Railroad Locomotive, Cass Climax #9 hauls a coal train past the "Ellamore" town limit. The real Ellamore is located on Co... (more)
Shifting hoppers. The newly restored Climax #9 is seen here shifting some hoppers within the Cass Yard, as she works to make up her photo freight for the day. The lettering on the new Cli... (more)
Shifting hoppers. Moore-Keppel Climax #9 takes on the role of yard goat on a misty morning, shifting coal hoppers and making up the train she'll pull later in the day. This particular hopp... (more)
Freshly delivered! In a scene reminiscent of the way in which small railroads once celebrated the arrival of new power, the crew of Moore-Keppel Climax #6 poses with their newly delivered.... (more)
Volcanic! We steam photographers love a good plume, and no single locomotive type produces a classic Vesuvian plume as reliably as a Shay. Here, we find the 1905 vintage Shay #5, the olde... (more)
Almost heaven.... There are very few places left in the world where on any given day, you can expect to see 3-5 hot steam locomotives. You can count those places on the fingers of one han... (more)
Cass Scenic Railroad crew members service Climax #9 prior to performing for the photographers. Fireman Noah Barkley rakes the ash pan clean, while engineer John Smith oils the various moving parts... (more)
Climax #9 trundles along the ex-C&O Greenbrier Branch as she heads North to Durbin
Climax over Leatherbark Creek. Darkening the sky like an approaching storm, the former Moore-Keppel & Co. Climax #6 charges toward the short trestle over Leatherbark Creek, just outside the... (more)
Climax #9 has a short log train in tow and crosses Leatherbark Run as she heads for the mountain
Climax #9 pauses at the Cass depot under a clear and starry West Virginia sky
Climax #9 switches hopper cars near the Cass depot
Five locomotives under steam. Shay #2, #4, #5 and #11 (hidden behind #2) and Climax #9 are lined up for the West Virginia Rail Heritage Weekend.
For many years, this Climax sat in Cass, WV holding out hope to ride the rails again. Today this 99 year old locomotive got the chance to run after a lot of hard work by the Durbin and Greenbrie... (more)
Cass Shay no. 2 approaches the crossing at Back Mountain Road during the 2016 Cass Fall Photography Workshop.