A couple of weekends ago Hubby and I spent the weekend in Cass, West Virginia. My brother has been taking my nephew to Cass for twenty-one years. My nephew has been fascinated with trains since he wasn't much more than a toddler. That being so my brother built a small cabin in the town of Cass where Hubby and I stayed.
The evening we got to Cass the last train had pulled out and the station shut down for the night. I took the photo above from the parking lot knowing that the next day the number of visitors and cars would distract from this quaint little station.Behind that now closed door were our tickets waiting for the next day's eleven mile almost five hour trip to Bald Knob at an elevation of 4700 feet. These two cars along the tracks were open for viewing. Their bright colors were enhanced by the fall foliage that surrounded the town.After a good night's rest this is the scene that greeted us the next day. The sun was bright and cheery and the colors glorious!We were taking the noon train but this is a shot of the steam escaping from the train that left before us that would only be going halfway. This is the number 11. We will pass it later on our way up the mountain.This train was our 'pusher' train. It would take this train as well as ours to get us up the grade of the mountain. You'll notice that this one was losing a little water because it was filled so full. Later, we would need to stop and let the train take on more water to complete our trip up the mountain. Those glowing red and yellow reflections are the cars in the photos above.This photo is a little out of focus and I apologize but remember the train is moving, I'm trying to stand and shoot from the opposite side of the car I'm in and everyone else is trying to get a shot as well. This is a train on the way back to the station. In order for us to pass there is a switchback and this train waits on a seperate nearby track.This is the device used to switch the track the train is on to enable it to go to another track.Here we go! Remember those engines you see are pushing the train uphill. My car is almost in the middle of the train. As I leaned out I'm pointing my camera to the cars behind me. A quick glance and you might think the engine is in front and going downhill.This is one of the vistas along the way. The photo doesn't do the scene justice but I have to say it was magnificent!! Be sure to click on this one to really enjoy the Autumn Splendor!
At this point we weren't even halfway up the mountain so I have more photos and more scenes.
I hope you'll come back Thursday for part two.