Man and his machine: veteran Cass engineer Danny Seldomridge checks over his charge prior to a trip up the mountain.
The glamorous part of the days is done, all the photo runbys are complete, and the railfans are headed for dinner, but the day is far from over. Now the paper work begins for the conductors, and t... (more)
When the last scoop of coal is thrown in the boiler and the engines are put to bed for the night, there is a few moments for a short break amongst the hulks of torn down engines. Time for a more s... (more)
When this little dude showed up to the Mountain State night photo shoot all done up in his conductor outfit for the occasion, we just couldn't help but include him in a shot. Amazingly this guy pu... (more)
Massive WM Shay 6 produces a nice thick plume arriving at Whittaker as photographers line up to capture the more interesting right side of the loco. Visit www.msrlha.org.
Almost Heaven, [Cass] West Virginia.
A typical 3 train "race" in Cass that never seems to get old...at least to me. This year's line up includes 1923 built Shay 11, 1945 built Shay 6, and Cass ... (more)
A relic on the old C&O Greenbrier Sub just north of Cass. The line was washed out in 1985.
Typical morning at Cass.
The scene many of us have grown to know and love Cass for: 3 Shays rock and roll down the old C&O "racing" side by side as they fill the Greenbrier Valley with clouds of smoke and steam.
The Cass Crew: Engineer Dirk Calocia waits for a orders to move.
Shay 4 surmounts the 9% grade into Whittaker.
Shay 4 performs runbys alongside Leatherbark Creek.
The Cass Crew: A face familiar to many visitors to the Cass Scenic RR over the past 20+ years, engineer Danny Seldomridge pilots the "big 6" through the yard at Cass.
With cylinder cocks open, Shay 11 backs past the ruins of the old WV Pulp and Paper Mill.