50th Anniversary of Cass Scenic Railroad Held in Pocahontas County


The Cass Scenic Railroad held its first official run as a tourist train 50 years ago.

"The first ride was actually an inaugural run to show that it could be done. The governor was there and people like that so it was just to show what it could do," said Scott Fortney, superintendent of Cass Scenic Railroad State Park.

On Saturday, Cass Scenic Railroad State Park hosted its 50th anniversary with a special ride.

Visitors got to ride the exact same train, and travel on the same route that the first trip did 50 years ago.

Hundreds of people came out for the event, including some people who were on that first tourist train ride.

"We wanted to try this again, so we ordered our tickets and we were really excited about coming back. It's still like the first time. Every time you come up here it's different, and it's a lot of fun," said Edison Gunno, Charleston resident.

The Cass Scenic Railroad now runs tourist trains, but in 1901 it was used for something different.

"Originally the railroad was used to haul the logs off the mountain to the sawmill. From there they produced lumber and paper products," said Fortney.

Along with cake and anniversary celebrations Cass Scenic Railroad State Park offered two trains to Whittaker Station and one trip to Bald Knob, the second highest natural point in West Virginia.

For more information on Cass Scenic Railroad State Park, and the schedule of trains visit its web site here.

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