Friday, May 24, 2013

Cass Railfan Weekend - 2

Hi, On Thursday, 5/16 Jeremy, Dave and I met up with the Dale Diacont, the fourth member of our group, at Cheat Bridge, WV.  This was the starting point for a full day of photography along the routes of the New Tygart Flyer and the Durbin Rocket.

Our train along the route was led by F units painted for the Western Maryland Railroad.

We were accompanied by a short freight train with a geep and caboose painted in B&O colors.  In the photo below the freight is backing up.

We had a number of really good photo stops with multiple runbys in remote locations.  Only a few are presented.

After passengers who so desired detrained at the High Falls of the Cheat the train proceeded up the line a few miles to a siding so that the locomotives could run around the train.  Lunch service, which was included, started while we were on our way back to the falls.

Back at the High Falls of the Cheat there was another opportunity for photos.  We were told this is the sharpest mainline curve in North America.

Below are photos at two more photo locations.

The trip behind the F units ended about 3:00 PM and we drove a few miles to Durbin for a short trip on the Durbin Rocket powered by this Climax Locomotive.

Durbin is a classic West Virginia mountain town.

Our route was on trackage formerly owned by the C&O/Chessie System.  The Cass Scenic Railroad took possession of the route between Cass and Durbin when Chessie abandoned its Greenbrier Division in 1978.  This severed Cass Scenic Railroad's connection to the outside world.

After our trip on the Rocket it was time to repair to the firehouse for a chicken dinner, included with the trip.  I hope you enjoyed the photos.

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