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Cass Scenic Railroad State Park
Cass Scenic Railroad State Park
Cass
WV
24927
Tel: (304) 456-4300

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Nestled in the mountains of West Virginia, Cass Scenic Railroad State Park offers excursions that transport you back in time to relive an era when steam-driven locomotives were an essential part of everyday life. Trips to Cass are filled with rich histories of the past, unparalleled views of a vast wilderness area, and close-up encounters with the sights and sounds of original steam-driven locomotives. The town of Cass remains relatively unchanged. The restored company houses now rented as vacation cottages, add to the charm and atmosphere of the town. From the company store and museum to the train depot, you\'ll find an abundance of things to do prior to your departure on the historic Cass Railroad. The Cass Scenic Railroad is the same line built in 1901 to haul lumber to the mill in Cass. The locomotives are the same Shay locomotives used in Cass, and in the rainforests of British Columbia for more than a half-century. Many of the passenger cars are old logging flat-cars that have been refurbished. Once you board the train, the real excitement begins! The great pistons of the carefully restored Shay locomotive will start pulsing, driven by hundreds of pounds of steam pressure. The shaft begins turning, the wheels find traction, and the locomotive begins to move. With thick, black smoke belching from its stack, the train pulls away from the station, passing the water tower from which the locomotive tanks are filled. As the train rounds the curve up Leatherbark Creek, you\'l
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    Honestly one of the best steam railroads in the United States, there is so much history here, and the locomotives are one of a kind. No where in the country you could find a place like Cass. I would recommend visiting this exciting place for the young, and the old.

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    I appreciate the history surrounding the use of these locomotives, and was pleased with that part of the trip. However, I wish I would have known beforehand just how much coal it takes to make a trip up the mountain. The guides mentioned 4 tons of coal for one trip, which in our case took around 80 people. So just be aware that when you take a trip up to bald knob, your share is about a hundred pounds of coal being burned to make that trip. Had I known, I wouldn't have contributed to so much pollution. Not to mention, you have to breathe in that...Read More

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    There is no way this is a 4-5 star experience if you aren't a "VIPP" customer. I pre-ordered tickets exactly one week before our scheduled ride. We were early just like the official Cass website said to be, and we were not even close to having a seat. It was standing room only if you were not a VIPP.

    For those of us on the train who were not VIPP's, there were 3 cars on the entire train to choose from, and they were not even grouped near each other. None of the cars were marked, no personnel were helpful in directing us to the "designated" train...Read More

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    A great train ride into the WV past. The steam engines, the smell of coal fire and the beautiful scenery all added up to a fantastic experience. The shops have plenty of items to choose from (no model train cars). The restaurant at station wasn't so great, but the counter had plenty to choose from.

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    I've ridden trains in many of the fifty states and this is the best of all. The Shay engines are fabulous and the scenery is awesome.

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by Ian Schell

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I appreciate the history surrounding the use of these locomotives, and was pleased with that part of the trip. However, I wish I would have known beforehand just how much coal it takes to make a trip up the mountain. The guides mentioned 4 tons of coal for one trip, which in our case took around 80 people. So just be aware that when you take a trip up to bald knob, your share is about a hundred pounds of coal being burned to make that trip. Had I known, I wouldn't have contributed to so much pollution. Not to mention, you have to breathe in that pollution billowing from the engines for half the trip when the engines are in front of the cars!

by William Keller

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There is no way this is a 4-5 star experience if you aren't a "VIPP" customer. I pre-ordered tickets exactly one week before our scheduled ride. We were early just like the official Cass website said to be, and we were not even close to having a seat. It was standing room only if you were not a VIPP.

For those of us on the train who were not VIPP's, there were 3 cars on the entire train to choose from, and they were not even grouped near each other. None of the cars were marked, no personnel were helpful in directing us to the "designated" train for the bums who had no VIPP lanyard. Of the 3 cars we were supposed to ride in, one was the bathroom and handicap car w/ very limited seating, the open air car where you could enjoy a nice a coal bath, and a standing room only car - no seats included. Customer service at its best I assure you!

4 hours on this train made you feel more like cattle than people. They should have paid us to endure this ride! While the VIPP's had larger cars w/ 20-30 people on them, non-VIPP's had 30-40 people on cars that were smaller than the VIPP cars.

This trip was so overbooked it was an outrage! If this happened to be some kind of group trip, we were not warned or informed about it in the least.

I never yelp, I'm not a vindictive person and I am really easy going and easy to please. You have to to an ultra horrible job to upset me. So congrats Cass, you did it for me!

Moral of the story: find out how to be a VIPP or you are up a creek, and if you read this review, you know which creek I'm talking about.

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