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Cass Scenic Railroad WV State Park

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“Nestled in the mountains of West Virginia, Cass Scenic Railroad State Park features an era when steam-driven locomotives were an essential part of everyday life. Trips to Cass are filled with rich histories of the past, unparalleled views and the sights and sounds of original steam-driven locomotives. The park’s 11-mile long heritage railroad and authentic company town are some of the state’s most popular tourist attractions. Cass Scenic Railroad State Park is one of America’s only authentic operating museums of lumber railroading.”


“The town of Cass remains relatively unchanged since its founding in 1901 by the West Virginia Pulp and Paper Company. Cass was built as a company town for the loggers who worked in the nearby mountains. Construction of the railroad started in 1901. It was used to haul lumber to the mill at Cass. The railroad track was eventually extended to the top of Bald Knob, the third highest mountain peak in West Virginia. In June 1942, the Cass operation was sold to Mower Lumber Company, which operated the town until July 1960, when the mill and railroad were shut down due to rapid decline of the timber industry in the region. In 1961, Cass was brought into the state parks system. In 1977, the company town also was made part of the parks system. Over the years, the railroad was turned into a tourist line and the town was repaired and restored. Today, the railroad is still in full operation, and is managed by the Durbin Greenbrier Valley Railroad.”

Explore WV DNR’s “Cass Scenic Railroad State Park” Website

View WV DNR’s “Cass Scenic Railroad State Park” Brochure  pdf  (2009)

View WV DNR’s Cass Scenic Railroad State Park “Park Map and Route” pdf

View WV DNR’s Cass Scenic Railroad State Park “Town of Cass” pdf

<<More information about the Cass Locomotives, including Shay #5, is on the MH3WV “State Symbols” page>>

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(2:51/2019/On the Road in West Virginia: Our 55 Counties)

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