Cass Scenic Railroad to host photo special in May

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Three geared steam locomotives of the Cass Scenic Railroad pull a long excursion train to Bald Knob through Whittaker Station in May 2014.
TRAINS: Steve Sweeney
CASS, W.Va. — The Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad’s Cass Scenic Railroad will host a three-day rail heritage event on May 18 to 20, 2018. The first-ever rail heritage weekend will cater to railfan enthusiasts, historians, and photographers with an appreciation for geared steam locomotives and rail preservation.

The event begins Friday evening, May 18 with a special dinner and night photo session at Whittaker Station. It is the first time an evening photo event has taken place at Whittaker in more than 10 years. Festivities will continue on Saturday with a daytime photo event to Spruce, featuring steam-powered freight and passenger consists.

On Saturday evening, a photo event will take place at Cass featuring unique views inside the Cass Shops and an opportunity to take photos of multiple locomotives
under steam. There will also be a question-and-answer segment and a restoration update at this time.

On Sunday morning, a special trip will depart from Cass and operate north along the railroad’s Greenbrier Line toward Durbin, W.Va. The rail line remains under construction and is anticipated to connect with the southernmost end of the Durbin line in late 2018. This May venue will provide guests the opportunity to explore some of the new track segment.

“The revenues generated from these events directly benefit projects such as our Greenbrier Line rehabilitation and steam locomotive restorations. Our railfan community gets to enjoy and capture parts of the railroad otherwise inaccessible, and we get to earmark the funds for ongoing projects,” says Durbin & Greenbrier Business Development Manager Chase Gunnoe. “This will be unlike previous events. We’re sitting down now with our operations team and determining how we can make this most impactful for our followers who want to see something different."

The three-day event is $275 per person.

More information is available online.

— A Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad news release. Jan. 10, 2018.
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