West Virginia Mountain Railroads

Old Logging Lines in Pocahontas County

      It's getting routine for me to ride the rails in the Fall. Some years I travel to Colorado and some to West Virginia. This year I returned to Pocahontas County WV to ride the Cass Scenic Railroad and the Durbin & Greenbriar Railroad. This trip was timed almost perfectly---the leaves were turning at lower elevations and at peak on the mountain tops. I hope I captured some of the intense color of the leaves seen from the mountain trains.
The last two pictures are from Pipestem Resort State Park. I made an overnight stop there on the recommendation of a friend. Leave color there was just beginning.


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Trees Accross Street from The Hermitage
 At the junction of US 250 and WV 28/92


Single Maple in Color
 In the town of Cass.

Chestnut Log
 Donated to Cass SRR State Park.


Cass Scenic Railroad Shay Locomotives
 Three Shays preparing for today's travel.

Shay No. 2 Routine Maintenance
 Cass Scenic RR shop.


Shay No. 6 Making One of Today's Trains
 Read more about Shay locomotives.

Cass SRR Train Arriving at End of Day


Cass SRR Switchback #1
 Lower switchback at MP 2.3

Fall Colors on the Cass SRR
 Near MP 3


Cass Train Passing Through Limestone Cut
 MP 3.1

Whittaker Station
 MP 3.8. Station grounds and static logging displays.


Fall Colors on the Cass SRR
 Bald Knob is peak in center.

Fall Colors Seen from Whittaker Station


Fall Colors Seen from Whittaker Station

Fall Colors from Cass SRR
 Not far from Whittaker station.


Engine No. 6 Taking On Water
 Shays have steam siphons to draw water from small tanks or streams.

Train End with Caboose
 Not far from Whittaker Station


Distant View of Spruce (Ghost Town)
 Far left of picture.

View of Bald Knob
 Rightmost peak - 1485 m (4870 ft.)


Stop and Picnic Area near Bald Knob Peak.
 Train stops here for 30 minutes.

Road in Gaudineer Scenic Area
 See FS website


Gnarl on Tree in Gaudineer Scenic Area

Virgin Red Spruce Trail
 1 km trail through a stand of virgin red spruce.


View from US 250 Overlook on Shavers Mtn.
 Approximately 5 miles west of Durbin.

West Fork Greenbriar River
 Taken from Durbin Rocket (train)


West Fork from Durbin Rocket

Carl on Track at Whittaker Station
 Taken 10-Oct-08 on Cass SRR trip to Spruce.


Fall Color from Cass Scenic RR
 Just past Whittaker Station.

Fall Color from Cass Scenic RR
 Just past Whittaker Station.


Bald Knob in Distance

Cass SRR Train on Spruce Connector Tracks


Cass SRR Line to Spruce

Cass SRR Line to Spruce


Fall Color on Cass Scenic RR
 Hillside near Spruce.

Locomotive No. 6 in Spruce
 Adding more coal in preparation for departure.


Spruce Markers
 Railroad marker for Spruce with yard limits sign.

Historical Plaque in Spruce
 See more


Spruce Interpretive Trail with Plaques
 This location near old rail line from Cass.

Cass SRR Train While in Spruce


Train Cars on Tracks in Spruce
 The Cass train stops here for 30-40 minutes.

Fall Color as Seen from Spruce


Big Cut
 A 100 ft. cut in the hills not far south of Spruce (MP 89)

Small Tributary of Shavers Fork
 MP 85.5


Fog in the Bluestone Canyon
 Seen from Pipestem Resort S.P. (See more)

Bluestone River
 Inside Pipestem Resort State Park


 Total Pictures= 45

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Last Rev: 10-14-2008