This scene has not changed at all in the past 100 years on the railroad. The fireman is using the fork to spread out the coals in the firebox. WHen the fork comes out, it is red hot.
A bit of an overhead detail shot of 1928 Pacific Coast #2.
1926 Lima Shay works hard up to Silver Plume. The fireman has the oil valve open wide and is putting the injector on to feed the boiler.
I don't expect this shot can be taken now as that pine t... (more)
Conductor Bob Starke uses hand signals to direct the engineer of Shay 11 in coupling to a flat car. Two other crewmen keep an eye on the knuckles to make sure they're alligned properly.
Taking a walk away from the photo line, I decided to grab a broadside of Shay 11 dropping down the 6% grade between the switchbacks.
The Shavers Fork of the Cheat River is the constant companion of this portion of the West Virginia Central.
A log train thunders by the Cass shops and past the deadline which includes a little GE 45 ton center cab, an old lathe on a flatcar, and a few derelict Shays.
Engineer Brad Hoover seems to be posing but the grin is no doubt because he’s chuckling and thinking, “hmmm, look at all the foamers.”
A log train trundles down the old Greenbrier, Cheat, and Elk mainline.
An interesting study of the nozzle structure and front flue sheet inside the open smoke box of 102 year old Shay 5 residing in the Cass Shop. Even without the spark arrestor, that stack is rather... (more)
In a time honored tradition, all 5 crew members of this Mower Lumber log train take a rest as their Shay siphons water out of an old stationary boiler at Oats Run.
Loaded logs wait to make the descent from West Virginia’s second highest peak.
Both engineer Danny Seldomridge and his fireman look quite obviously perplexed. They’re probably trying to figure out what Carl Franz is dreaming up for them to do next.
Cass acquired this 1920 class 80-3 Shay from Washington in 2002. Initial plans, which called for restoring this engine in short order because of the sound boiler, never happened. One can see that... (more)
A log train crosses the second Shavers Fork bridge north of Spruce.