Cass Scenic Railroad State Park, Cass

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Cass Scenic Railroad State Park is a State Park located in Cass, Pocahontas County, West Virginia.It consists of the Cass Scenic Railroad, an 11mi long heritage railroad that is owned by the state of West Virginia. The park also includes the former company town of Cass and a portion of the summit of Bald Knob, highest point on Back Allegheny Mountain.HistoryFounded in 1901 by the West Virginia Pulp and Paper Company, Cass was built as a company town to serve the needs of the men who worked in the nearby mountains cutting spruce and hemlock for the West Virginia Spruce Lumber Company, a subsidiary of WVP&P. At one time, the sawmill at Cass was the largest double-band sawmill in the world. It processed an estimated 1.25e9bdft of lumber during its lifetime.In 1901 work started on the railroad, which climbs Back Allegheny Mountain. The railroad eventually reached a meadow area, now known as Whitaker Station, where a logging camp was established for the immigrants who were building the railroad. The railroad soon reached to the top of Gobblers Knob, and then to a location on top of the mountain known as 'Spruce'. The railroad built a small town at this location, complete with a company store, houses, a hotel, and a doctors office. Work soon commenced on logging out the Red Spruce trees, which grew in the higher elevations.
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  • We took the steam train up to Knob Hill. The hobo lunch is ok, pretty basic. We took extra snacks and water so did not need to buy anything at the stop in the way back down the mountain. There are (lo...  more »
  • We took the 4.5hr ride to knob hill. It took forever! It ended up over 6 hrs. So plan ahead and don't expect to return on time. With that said we had a good journey. We were in the end car which ended...  more »
  • It was a great experience for me. I had never had a train ride before and I really enjoyed it. I rode in the open car and got to see all fall trees and it was wonderful. I recommend visit the terminal...  more »
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  • There's nothing else quite like it anywhere. It is the place to see geared steam locomotives. The scenery is breathtaking and the history is fascinating. Standing next to a massive Shay engine as it hisses steam is like standing next to a sleeping dragon slowly breathing. On the ride up the mountain, the steam engines pound against the rails as they pull tons of cars and passengers up the winding grade that at one point is an incredible 11%. There's a lot to see and do for the train enthusiast and casual observer. But if you make the trip to the top, you will never be casual about the experience. It's a unique experience.
  • Beautiful scenery on the train ride. Very unique experience riding a coal powered train up a mountain. Great place to picnic halfway through train ride. Great experience for people of all ages.
  • Haven't been in years but the last time I was there it was great. I would recommend fall rides. They book fast so be quick.
  • Just an amazing experience. Rented shanty town house in the village, which was CLEAN though rustic. Walk ways made it easy to walk around at night. The trains are awesome. No experience like this on the east coast. Highly recommended though remote and winding roads to get to it. We were on the train for 5 hours up to Bald Knob, the train guide was good though the sound system was just average. Just a wonderful experience.
  • My family and many friends have been regular renters of the railroad houses for many years. This was because of the very fair prices and the full amenities that came in the houses. This year they have raised there rental prices to the point where many loyal renters may not be able to rent as much as in years past which is very disappointing. I would reconsider raising prices because you will bite the hand that feeds and will take away the only affordable option near snowshoe mountain. I would have Given 5 stars but because of the raised prices I have to give 1 star.
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