Cass Scenic Railroad marks 50th year in June


GREEN BANK, W.Va. -- Fifty years to the day after the first tourist train made its way up Cheat Mountain, the Cass Scenic Railroad will make a special anniversary run.On June 15, Shay No. 4 will haul 240 passengers to Whittaker Station.Cass was a logging town that relied on the timber industry and mill operations to survive. But by 1960, that industry was tapped out.A new forest and economy began to grow. On June 15, 1963, Shay No. 1 and Shay No. 4 chugged up the mountain at 10:03 a.m. with passengers in four converted flatcars.
Today, the full trip to Bald Knob takes about 4 1/2 hours. It's the third-highest point in West Virginia at 4,700 feet.Daily trips run from May 24 through Oct. 27.
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