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Logging The Cass River

Located near Fairmont in northern West Virginia, Pricketts Fort State Park was established in 1975 to preserve the site of an eighteenth-century fort that had been built to protect nearby settlers from attacks by American Indians.

Cass Railroad steam trains (Shay #6 shown) provides a unique trip up to the top of the mountain to a logging camp area and great views of the valley here. Multiple trips during the day offers a variety of times and also length of trips up the mountain. Trains runs from May to the end of October. Also, the Durbin Rocket is here, offering trips along the Greenbrier River and the Salamander offers rides along the Cheat River.

Cass Night Watch. Night hostlers keep the 90-ton Meadow River Heisler #6 ready for duty as she sits in front of the C&O Depot in the logging town of Cass, WV. Lighting provided by the Mountain State Railroad & Logging Historical Association. Photo by Kevin Madore. 5/17/14

Cass Scenic Railroad - Mountain State Railroad & Logging Historical Association Railfan Weekend 2015

CSRR 5 Cass Scenic Railroad Steam 3-Truck Shay at Spruce, West Virginia by Kevin Madore. A Mower Lumber Company train, led by the 1905-vintage Shay #5, drifts along the Shavers Fork of the Cheat River on a murky afternoon in May. This re-creation made possible by the Cass Scenic Railroad and the Mountain State Railroad and Logging Historical Association.