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W.Va. scenic railroad celebrates 50 years in June

May. 03, 2013 @ 07:34 AM

GREEN BANK, W.Va. (AP) — Fifty years to the day after the first tourist train made its way up Cheat Mountain, the Cass Scenic Railroad will make a special anniversary run.

On June 15, Shay No. 4 will haul 240 passengers to Whittaker Station.

Cass was a logging town that relied on the timber industry and mill operations to survive. But by 1960, that industry was tapped out.

A new forest and economy began to grow. On June 15, 1963, Shay No. 1 and Shay No. 4 chugged up the mountain at 10:03 a.m. with passengers in four converted flat cars.

Today, the full trip to Bald Knob takes about 4 1/2 hours. It’s the third-highest point in West Virginia at 4,700 feet.

Daily trips run from May 24 through October 27.

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