A nice stop on the way to Cass was the Denmar/ Locust Creek covered bridge. It was a little bit of a challenge at first to find but it made for some nice pictures once we did. If you are heading north on US-219 you will turn right onto Locust Creek Rd.. You will travel 3.1 miles and then the road kind of dead ends. When it does look to the right...more
The Cass Scenic Railroad is a very unique Railroad, all are, but the 6 operational steam engines( and 2 down for re-builds) give the Cass Scenic the feel that our back in the golden age of steam, the maintenance crews at Cass do a superb job on the engines, rolling stock, buildings, and track, the engineers and firemen also do a great job. The Bald...more
Great train ride for fall foliage. We rode the train to Bald Knob during the peak of fall foliage. The views from the train were fabulous and the staff were friendly and enjoyed talking about the history and ecology of the area. My only complaint is that the coal smoke can be irritating. I would recommend trying to sit in the car furthest from the...more
Cass Scenic Railroad is an old logging route rising 1000' to 2500' above the surrounding valley. You can take the 2-hour trip to Whittaker or the 4-hour trip to Bald Mountain. Both trains stop at Whittaker, which is a restored logging camp. We took the 2-hour ride, which includes the 2-switchbacks.more
There are about eight specialized engines used on the mountain railroads. Due to the step grades and the tight turns, the traditional driver-wheel power systems did not provide adequate power. The Shay Locomotive Company designed a gear driven steam power drive that used 'trucks' instead of main drive wheels. Today, trucks are the standard power...more
It's about the only place you'll find. Across the river is a small group of shops. There may be a restaurant in there. The Last Run sits above the station, adjacent to the gift shop. The menu is simple. Just basic American style food. Hamburgers, fries, barbeque pork sandwich and other choices. Fresh made and tastes good.more
The gift shop has all manner of things to remember your visit, from books, slides, magnets, whistles, clothing, taffy. It is filled with all the stuff that people like to take home, from the very inexpensive to the very pricey.
What to buy: I bought a Cass Scenic Railroad engineers cap. What you might like, you'll have to decide for yourself.
What to pay: Anywheres from 49 cents to well over a hundred dollars.
The coal-burning steam engines produce smoke, ash, and hot embers. Be especially careful if you have any respiratory problems. Also consider wearing dark, inexpensive clothes as you will likely get ash and hot embers on you. I would also recommend riding in a car as far away as possible from the engines to minimize exposure. I had a great time...more
Luggage and bags:
A day pack is good if you want to carry your own lunch.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Wear something comfortable that doesn't catch fire easily! Hot cinders can rain down in the cloud of smoke. You might want a jacket for the higher elevation on the Knob
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: It is always a good idea to bring toilet paper. And those little hand wipes for cleaning up after lunch.
Photo Equipment: A normal lens is good while on the train. For pictures of the train, you need a good wide angle lens.
Miscellaneous: It may be a good idea to pack lunches for the kids, or if there is something you prefer. There is little choice in the box lunch. KFC travels well, and is good cold.
On your way up, you will need to stop and refill your water reservoir. The steam to power these engine comes from a hot fire and a lot of water. It is amazing how fast this cold stream water will become steam! The water stop. Halfway up the mountain, gives you a chance to see the forest that you are passing through. It was also interesting how the...more