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The offical trains thread.

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And if you'll notice an open boiler head in the #5 picture, this is a 70 ton Shay that was supposed to be restored as future Shay #10, but has unfortunately been sitting here since 1987 when it was leased to Cass.


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Many spears and arrows to kill that iron horse.
We owe it to the steam locomotives that opened up the USA from one shore to the next. And the men who laid the track.

What a feat of engineering that they designed and built the locomotive and these engineers(train drivers) had the balls to build these power houses. No meetings to attend, they had a just build it attitude not like today. We’re would we be if the engineers of today were incharge 150 years ago? We’d be driving horse and buggy’s today.
 
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Isn’t the big boy articulated?

I love old iron. What would they build next after the big Boys?

Choo choo Charlie would like the bigboys? Good n plenty, good n plenty.
 
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A VERY special update.

Introducing CSRR #9!!!!!

It’s first run since being retired in 1960 took place this weekend.

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A small group volunteer restoration by a local historical association in 2001, which had it around 80% complete, but it was then taken over by the new operators of Cass a few years ago and completed by them.

A 1919 three truck 70 ton Climax that was rescued from the Cass shop fire in 1972 where it was awaiting restoration. Purchased new by the Moore Keppel company to haul lumber in WV until 1946, then used for coal haulage until 1960 as one of the last Climax locomotives in commercial operation.

More to come as I search through the pictures, but an awesome experience to see its first outing. It wasn’t quite ready, and the engineer said it still needs a LOT of tweaking, but it’s under steam!!!!
 
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I think it's just great for everyone that it is getting closer to run on the tracks for a wonderful engine
It is.

And it actually made it around 5 miles down a newly restored section of track on Friday, but it had some issues including a hot bearing, so we had to return back to the shop.

It was a good break in run, though they were careful with it, I wondered if they hadn’t overexerted it for the first outing for our photo shoot (they actually hooked up two cars, one full of logs, and did some run-by’s).

But it made it back out of the shop for that photo on Sunday (though just for shooting and one run-by, so it still has issues), so hopefully all is well, and the engineers said it is getting better as it was being run.

They’ll get it straightened out though, and hopefully ready for its centennial celebration in November.
 
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And to show all three types of geared locomotives, here is the Heisler from an earlier trip.

The original plan for this photo shoot was to have all three types together, but the Heisler is currently on the opposite section of track as Cass, and since the connector mentioned above couldn't quite be completed, that reunion will have to wait.

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Thanks!

A couple of scenery shots from the reopened line. We were the first passengers on this section since the flood of '85, so it was pretty special.
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The steel Pullman coach car we were in (1917) is older than the Cass #4 Shay pulling it (1922).

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Speaking of, Shay #4 with Pullman/Western Maryland car #835 in tow.

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Unfortunately it isn’t still quite ready for a trip up the mountain, as there is a piece in it that is only rated for 150#, but supposed to be addressed over the winter season.

Though this is a smaller Climax (at 70 tons none the less), and it still isn’t known if it is up to the task of pushing full passenger cars up the hill even under full steam.

And since it is geared differently than a Shay, probably not suited for a doubleheader.

What would be ideal is if they get the smaller Climax under steam again, and double-head the hill with those, but not sure if that climax is a priority. And they already have enough locomotives for current operations.

Though I heard the 2-8-0 consolidation is next up for restoration, so will see.
 
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