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    Tri-Rail Double GP & At Different Railroad Crossings
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    Tri-Rail Double GP & At Different Railroad Crossings

    August 11, 2019


    Hello ladies and gentlemen, for those of you who don’t know Tri Rail is a commuter rail line that goes from Miami International Airport to WPB. It’s about 70 miles and has 18 stations in between. You’re going to see 4 different Tri Rails in this video. Enjoy! Wow, no gate runners in FT. Lauderdale! That’s nice. It’s going to be a Tri-Rail over here. train horn train horn Please Subscribe, Like, or share. Thank you for viewing guys. bye.

    Crews remove railroad tracks from road in Southampton
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    Crews remove railroad tracks from road in Southampton

    August 11, 2019


    MACHADO FOR 22 NEWS. BARRY: A SOUTHAMPTON ROAD WAS CLOSED TODAY SO CREWS COULD REMOVE RAILROAD TRACKS. 22NEWS REPORTER MIKE MASCIADRELLI JOINS US FROM OUR HAMPSHIRE COUNTY BUREAU TO TELL US WHAT MADE THIS PROJECT NECESSARY. MIKE: THE SOUTHAMPTON HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT WANTS TO MAKE THE ROAD SAFER FOR DRIVERS. BRICKYARD ROAD WAS CLOSED FOR MOST OF TUESDAY, WHILE CREWS REMOVED A SECTION OF RAILROAD TRACKS ON THE ROAD. THE SOUTHAMPTON HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT WORKED WITH CREWS FROM PINSLY RAILROAD COMPANY. BRICKYARD ROAD WAS CLOSED FROM VALLEY ROAD TO GILBERT ROAD. RESIDENTS WERE FORCED TO USE GILBERT ROAD TO GET HOME. THIS PROJECT WAS THE RESULT OF A COMPLAINT MADE BY A SOUTHAMPTON RESIDENT WHO CRASHED WHILE RIDING HIS BIKE OVER THE TRACKS. RANDALL KEMP: SUPERINTENDENT, SOUTHAMPTON HIGHWAY DEPT. IT WAS ADVANTAGEOUS FOR THEM TO REMOVE THEM, WE ADDRESS A CONCERN AS WELL AS GET THE BASE READY FOR A SMOOTH OVERLAY WHEN WE REPAVE THE ROAD. MIKE: KEMP TOLD 22NEWS THIS SECTION OF THE ROAD HAS BEEN FILLED WITH GRAVEL AND YOU’LL BE ABLE TO RIDE OVER IT TONIGHT. HE SAID THEY’LL PAVE IT NEXT WEEK TO ALLOW SOME TIME FOR THE GRAVEL TO SETTLE. MIKE: KEMP SAID ALL OF BRICKYARD ROAD WILL BE RE-PAVED IN THE NEXT COUPLE WEEKS. LIVE FROM THE HAMPSHIRE COUNTY BUREAU, IN NORTHAMPTON, MIKE

    Southwest Hits the Red Carpet at Sundance
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    Southwest Hits the Red Carpet at Sundance

    August 11, 2019


    >>Hi, Brooks Thomas at Sundance
    Film Festival 2013. Southwest Airlines is a proud sponsor. We got to do something really
    interesting this year. We got on the press lines to
    ask the actors and crew members of these movies what their travel quirks were.>>Ok, I have two baby pillows that I call
    Pookie Number One and Pookie Number Two.>>Ok.>>I have this thing from childhood
    where I always bring a deck of cards. I always feel like you never know
    when you need a deck of cards. Somebody once said to me if you’re ever stuck
    on a desert island you should play solitaire because somebody will always come up with
    you should put the jack on the three.>>It’s trouble. We have a lot of trouble with
    the rivalry between the Pookies.>>You know, you’re like pack the coat behind
    you and your scarf is your pillow, right?>>Are you a neck pillower?>>I’m not, but I can never
    figure out how to work them.>>One goes here and the other lays here, so –>>Why the front pillow?
    >>I’m like a sandwich. I need one for the neck, right? And then here to be like,
    shh, nobody talk to me or –>>I like to have my own pillow. I like very, very flat pillows, and usually
    luxurious hotels give you big fluffy pillows, but for some reason, because my
    head is bald or my neck is funny or something, I like very flat pillows.>>It’s the head shave do
    you think that does that?>>I don’t know if it’s that or maybe my head
    gets swelled so much from being an actor.>>I always bring too many books. I like, I have too many like big hard
    cover books and I’ve got an iPad, and I’m like should put my books in here,
    but I like the physical object too much, and so I’m always like have a
    backpack stuffed full of books.>>I [Inaudible] singing [Inaudible]. I always have [Inaudible]. I always have [Inaudible] oil and French Press.>>I think three times as many
    socks as you would think, you know, because that’s the one thing that just like keeps everybody sane when
    you’re in a crowded space.>>Socks?>>Yeah, just like clean feet. [ Host laughing ]>>A lot of boxers, a lot of underwear. I buy boxers and underwear compulsively
    because they always seem to disappear. And water and my [Inaudible]. That’s pretty much it.>>Oh my God! I’m in the movie!>>You’re in the movie. You got to go.>>Yeah. I got to go. >>I got to go.>>Alright. Well –>>Love you.>>We’ll miss you.

    Soo Line Railroad cab ride,  Bensenville, IL to Sabula, IA 1995
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    Soo Line Railroad cab ride, Bensenville, IL to Sabula, IA 1995

    August 11, 2019


    Soo Line SD40-2 6602 & GP40 4600, power for 437 west. Train crew: Tom Meirhoff, conductor and George Brinson, engineer. I was making a conductor territory familiarization trip. 473 proceeding to west end of Bensenville yard for departure. Note on right the long dormant steel water tower once used to supply water for Milwaukee Road steam locomotives. Hump yard movement signals for hump track leads. Metra “scoot” (commuter train) heading west on mainline. Actually, the recording came out pretty good considering the video camera technology for the time! Lunar (white) pot or dwarf signal giving permission to enter mainline tracks at restricted speed (actually, 10 mph yard speed). Control operator tower B 17 on right. Crossing over from two main to one main. Bensenville Metra depot. MP 17.2 Tower B 17 reported 437 has passed his tower location (entire train all on one main). Wood Dale Metra depot. MP 19.1 Itasca Metra depot. MP 21.0 Eastbound “scoot” on two main. Pingree Grove MP 41.9. Waiting for eastbound “Davis Turn” to pass on two main before proceeding west onto single track mainline. Spring switch set for eastbound trains to enter two main. A few miles west of Davis Junction at about MP 82.0 Bridge crossing Rock River (east of Byron, IL). Byron, IL. Where former CGW (Chicago Great Western Railroad) mainline crossed these tracks at grade. Eastbound train ahead in Adeline siding informing 437 crew that west end of siding switch is open (requiring 437 to stop and line west switch to proceed west). Trackside warning detector (hot box) MP 98.6 Trackside warning detector at MP 98.6 with automatic recording providing “no defects” for any defective journals (overheated wheel bearings or “hot box”). Approaching Adeline siding MP 101.3 with eastbound train “in the hole” (siding). Note hardly any graffiti painted on the sides of the freight cars. Today, you’d be hard pressed to find a freight car without any sort of graffiti!!! Approaching Savanna, IL and Mississippi River drawbridge. Savanna, IL MP 138.3 Burlington Northern Railroad (BNSF today) diamond (crossing at grade). Mississippi River on right. Sabula drawbridge over Mississippi River MP 140.8. Bridge operator’s shanty on left. Sabula, Iowa

    Search Resumes To Unearth The Remains Of Railroad Workers From 1832
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    Search Resumes To Unearth The Remains Of Railroad Workers From 1832

    August 11, 2019


    RADIO FOR CBS-3 “EYEWITNESS NEWS”. WELL, SEARCH IN THE MEANTIME DOES RESUME FOR DOZENS OF IRISH WORK HOURS DIED WHILE BUILDING PENNSYLVANIA’S FIRST RAILROAD ALONG THE MAIN LINE. TODAY A TEAM OF VOLUNTEERS EXPLORED DUFFY’S CUT ARCHEOLOGICAL DIG SITE IN EAST WHITELAND WITH THE GROUND RADAR. THEY ARE LOOKING FOR REMAINS OF 50 RAIL WORKERS FROM 1832, WHO ARE BELIEVED TO BE BURIED IN A MASS GRAVE.

    Spend a Day Out With Thomas at the Medina Railroad Museum
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    Spend a Day Out With Thomas at the Medina Railroad Museum

    August 10, 2019


    ALL ABOARD! ONE OF THE MOST BELOVED CHARACTERS FROM CHILDREN’S TELEVISION HAS ROLLED INTO THE STATION AT THE MEDINA RAILROAD MUSEUM. HE’LL BE MEETING WESTERN NEW YORKERS FOR THE NEXT TWO WEEKENDS. NEWS 4’S KATIE ALEXANDER HAS MORE ON ALL THE FAMILY FUN IN STORE. ((RE0840/06:44:35 IF YOUR KIDS LIKE THOMAS AND FRIENDS, THEY ARE GOING TO LOVE THIS. THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE HIMSELF, RIGHT HERE IN MEDINA. 06:44:43 )) ((RE0841/06:45:36 IT IS A GREAT ADVENTURE TO JOIN YOU IN YOUR TOWN FOR A DAY OUT WITH THOMAS! 06:45:41 I’M REALLY EXCITED TO BE WITH ALL MY FRIENDS. 06:45:44)) THOMAS FANS HERE WILL BE ABLE TO CLIMB ON BOARD FOR A 25 MINUTE RIDE — TO MEET HIS OTHER FRIEND — SIR TOPHAMM HATT — THE CONTROLLER OF THE RAILROAD. PLUS — GUESTS WILL ENJOY ADMISSION TO THE MEDINA RAILROAD MUSEUM AND HOURS OF FUN IN THE THOMAS AND FRIENDS IMAGINATION STATION — WITH BOUNCE HOUSES – FACE PAINTING, CRAFTS, STORYTELLING, FOOD, LIVE ENTERTAINMENT AND MORE. FAMILIES ARE ADVISED TO ARRIVE AT LEAST AN HOUR BEFORE THEIR SCHEDULED DEPARTURE TIME — AND PLAN TO STAY FOR A FEW HOURS AFTER — TO FIT ALL THE FUN INTO THEIR DAY. ((RE0841/06:45:29 WELL BUST MY BUFFERS! 06:45:31)) THE NUMBER ONE ENGINE HAS BEEN MAKING THESE DAY OUT WITH THOMAS STOPS AROUND NORTH AMERICA FOR 22 YEARS NOW — AND HE’S RETURNING TO WESTERN NEW YORK FOR THE 13TH TIME THIS WEEKEND — FOR HIS ONLY STOP THIS YEAR IN NEW YORK STATE. ((06:56:09 THE KIDS THAT WE HAD BACK IN 2005 WHEN WE STARTED ARE GROWN. WE FIGURED IN ANOTHER FIVE SIX YEARS, THEIR KIDS ARE GOING TO BE COMING. 06:56:19)) EVERY YEAR – THE MEDINA RAILROAD COMPANY REPS SAY THEY LOOK FORWARD TO SHARING THIS EXPERIENCE WITH THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN EACH DAY – FOR AS LONG AS THOMAS IS IN TOWN. ((06:56:25 IT’S SO MUCH FUN. IT REALLY IS. YOU GET TO SEE THE LOOKS ON THEIR FACES AND ALL THE FUN THAT THEY’RE HAVING 06:56:31)) ((RE0843/06:47:58 FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT A DAY OUT WITH THOMAS AND THE LINK TO BUY TICKETS ONLINE, GO TO THE FOUND IT ON 4 SECTION OF OUR WEBSITE: WIVB. REPORTING IN MEDINA, KATIE ALEXANDER, NEWS 4. 06:48:09))

    Famous Train Ride in West Virginia | Full Length Video | CASS Scenic Railroad
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    Famous Train Ride in West Virginia | Full Length Video | CASS Scenic Railroad

    August 9, 2019


    Almost, Heaven, West Virginia John Denver couldn’t have said it better himself We’re in mountain country riding on West Virginia’s best-kept secret the cast Scenic Railroad Since being operated by the state in 1963 the Cass Scenic Railroad has carried nearly 3 million people treating them to some of the most spectacular mountain views that America has to offer Young and old the railroad buff and just your average tourists flock here every year from all over the world to experience the sights Sounds and even the smells that Cass has to offer Without a doubt people of all ages will be pointing out in admiring the beauty of God’s country The Cass Scenic Railroad is a glimpse into a bygone era an era where steam was king And the work was plenty mighty men battled mother nature’s toughest conditions here all in the name of progress pulled by an extraordinary piece of early 20th century technology The Shay locomotive you’ll have the chance to see for yourself the challenges these men faced It’s early in the morning on the cast Scenic Railroad Hours before the first train departs the employees are already hard at work preparing for the day’s runs engineer Brad Hoover and fireman Danny Grogg are oiling Greasing polishing and fueling the locomotive that is to pull their train on today’s run Old number Five’s as they call her will be doing the honors today built in 1905 by the Lima locomotive works She’s the second oldest Shay type steam locomotive in operation and the oldest locomotive in the cast roster Engineer Hoover has been with cast for over 17 years and enjoys every aspect of his job But railroading is not just a job for Hoover. It’s a passion a Passion he shares with many others here at Cass Vice-superintendent Ben McCune is proud of the people who call Cash their workplace They are they devoted to casting Krell road they devoted To what they’re doing with these big engines I know the other day I had a guy that had a State boat that was leaking and and he’d got done one out Clocked out went home At 3 o’clock and the five o’clock went out there, and he was called back into his engine again And he’d remembered something he wanted to do before he left that day say come back in and worked on that engine Jerry castles and one I did it, but this is something. That’s a common thing. It’s because of their love for these engines And their devotion to what they’re doing After servicing the engine the next step is assembling the train each morning the conductor on duty uses hand signals to communicate with the engineer while switching cars for the trains Each train is equipped with four to six coaches depending on which run the train is taking Shorter trains are the norm for the Whitacre runs while larger crowds tend to ride the Bald Knob run Here conductor Jean Lambert directs the engineer and coupling to a set of rail cars for the Bald Knob excursion After servicing at the shop and the Assembly of the Train Shea number 11 backs into cast station where passengers will board the train Usually the train arrives at the depot a half-hour before departure Giving newly arrived guests the opportunity to purchase tickets before the trip up the mountains The depot at Cass is the third Depot built here the first and second Depot suffered the same fate of being burned down today the cache Depot is used for passengers to purchase tickets to ride the to regularly scheduled excursion trains as passengers are loaded onto the train engineer Dirk Calais iya and fireman a Mima group service Shea number 11 for the long journey ahead a Half hour after the train arrived at the depot for boarding Shea number 11 charges forward at the steady hand of the engineer and fireman On the journey up the mountain the train will travel over five grade crossings and Each crossing the engineer will sound the whistle with two long blows a short and one final long blow this tradition was developed from a British railway and was adopted in the 30s by the American railroads too long a Short and a long is Morse code for the letter Q. Which means quarantine as in quarantine the crossing Dirk and Amy have to work hard together as a team to get the train up the mountain Amy’s story and how she came to cast is an interesting one and Being the only woman on the train crew we had to hear more of her story Short version of the story is my ex-husband wanted to come to Cass and play trains And to our surprise they hired both of us I spent a year on the track crew which I really enjoyed I thought that was about as good as it got being paid to be on the mountain all day And then we had two firemen they quit and I moved into the engine I’ve been doing this for eight years now And I absolutely love it It is a very physical job travel anywhere from Two and a half to three and a half tons of coal each day when we’re running and when we’re not running We’re doing shop work, and there’s never a dull moment when you play with antiques. That’s job security Challenges our Physical land there was definitely a little trauma around here to having a woman in the engine, but it’s been worth every bit of it Okay, so like a word of advice to any ladies who are interested in railroads out There maybe maybe be maybe they’re nervous about doing it well. What advice would you give to them be tenacious? If you want to do it do it Don’t listen to anybody who says can’t just go out there and do it The beauty of nature on the journey to the top of the mountain is breathtaking however the journey itself is a hard one Because of their excellent design the che locomotives are the only thing that can handle such a hard task of pulling a train Upgrades that reach up to 12% on the mountain designated supervisor of locomotive engineers Danny seldom Ridge shared with us some of the challenges An engineer will face while climbing the mountain along with how important it is to keep the railroad running Make sure you’ve got Control of that engine all the time. It’s this. That’s the challenge It’s you’re working the engine on the steep grade you got a you gotta know where to carry the water. It’s a fine line between having enough water to cover the crown sheet and Working water into the throttle instead of steam what’s your favorite thing about being around steam on the Hole steam locomotive. I mean this if you get tired of listening to it’s all started listening to the whistle blow There’s somewhere else to look it’s all external. There’s something flopping around out there to look at so there’s there’s nothing boring about it. It’s the only place that I know of that you can see a steam engine a Dirt engine I’ll put it that way doing what it’s supposed to do if it’s the same It’s the same railroad grade. It was when it log You’re carrying about the same loads you did when is Logan so? It’s it’s great if you want to see a steam engine work. This is the best place in the world to see it’s great I hope my grandkids. I hope it’s around for my great grandkids to see every everything It’s it shouldn’t never be shut down and shouldn’t never be farmed out. There’s no way they can make money Probably Enterprise. I don’t think he’d keep it running because It takes a lot to keep it going and and keep the engines up the way that the state does It’s a lot of dedication there isn’t a lot of money You know no one’s ever worked here for the money worse for state park employees I mean It’s just not there. No one works here for the money. It’s the love of the place everybody that here is steam-engine crazy and They do it more for the love of it just like right now here, we stand Six o’clock Nev then trying to get one of them ready to go to Mars Not only are the people of Cass Scenic Railroad extraordinary, so is the history founded in 1901 by the West Virginia pulp and paper company now mean, West Vacco Cass was built as a company town to serve the needs of the men who worked in the nearby mountains cutting spruce and hemlock for the West Virginia spruce Lumber Company a subsidiary of West Virginia pulp and paper At one time the sawmill at Cass was the largest double band sawmill in the world it processed an estimated 1.25 billion board feet or 104 million cubic feet of lumber during its lifetime in 1901 work started on the railroad which climbs back Allegheny mountain the railroad eventually reached a meadow area now known as Whittaker station where a camp was set up for the immigrants who were building the railroad the railroad Soon reached to the top of gobblers knob and then to a location on top of the mountain known as spruce The railroad built a small town at this location complete with a company store houses and a doctor’s office work soon commenced on logging out the red spruce trees Which grew in the higher elevations? Many of the immigrants who built Cass didn’t speak English and were only known by their company number tag the West Virginia pulp and paper company originally had only been interested in the red spruce timber for the purpose of making pulp Which would be turned into paper? It wasn’t until a few years later when the company realized that the mountain held a fortune in hardwoods Such as maple cherry birch and oak The company decided that they would build a mill in the town of casts which could process these hardwoods The railroad eventually extended its track to the top of Bald Knob The third highest mountain peak in West Virginia this area was logged of it’s red spruce and the track was torn up in the early 1910s the track was also extended to a valley near the town of spruce at a bend in the shavers Fork of the cheat River the West Virginia pulp and paper company set up a new town here with about 30 company houses a large company store a school and A pulp mill where the red spruce trees could be processed on the spot This new town was also named spruce and the former town received its current name of old spruce In June of 1940 to West Virginia pulp and paper company sold the Cass operation to more lumber company which operated the line until July 1st of 1960 cutting second-growth timber off cheap Mountain The mill of the railroad was shut down by mower in 1960 due to rapid decline of the timber industry in the region Following the 1960 closure the rail line land and all equipment at rolling stock were sold to a holding company Named the Don mower Lumber Company, which was no relation to the former mower Lumber Company And the railroad was conveyed to the Midwest rolly corporation, which started to scrap the railroad and equipment however a group of local businessman led by Pennsylvania rail fan Russell Baum convinced the West Virginia State Legislature to make the cast railroad a state park in 1963 the first tourist excursion train left the Cass Depot for Whittaker station four miles up the line in 1977 the cast Scenic Railroad State Park took possession of the entire company town of Cass and the old hardwood mill in Cass bud Castle recalls the early days of state operations at casts and share some of his favorite memories from his 51 year career with the railroad When the lumber company closed down here I was just getting old enough to go to work, and they closed down. I had brothers have worked the logging operations and Of course they closed the job down Back in 1963 it wasn’t no work in this area at all So if you got a chance to go to work you jumped at it so I was lucky enough, but they hired me and I Couldn’t give it up. I just stayed here. I started to work here in 1963 when the state started running trains I’ve been here for 51 year I Started I working on the railroad repairing it enough to get the Whittaker station and After that I went to work breaking on the train after that I started Firing the train after that I was engineer I Went Imagineer to conductor which was my last job Permanent work for 28 years as conductor So I’ve retired to end at the end of November in 2003 And I was awful work a couple of months And I didn’t like out at all so I came back to work. This is a temporary employee And I worked like 10 months out of the year now as far as being an engineer I never did care for it, but we had a superintendent here and He thought I would make a good engineer So I tried out for two weeks with the other engineers. I was running the Train and They said I’d make a good engineer so then I was stuck with the job I like the you know steam, and I like being around the railroad But like I say – it’s just for a good job, which it was really a good good job for me I mean This really good working with state of West, Virginia all right the major path You think asses something worth saving my man. Oh, yeah, I’d hate to see it. Go. You know I mean it’s a lot of history To to the young person out there who doesn’t really understand steam railroad? Doesn’t understand importance here cats What would you say to them? Well, I think the one young people it’s working here. They should try to hang on to it because you know it’s not too many Steam railroads around anymore, and if you’ve got a chance to get in there and get it I think you should do it today the cast is still inspiring those who work for the railroad vice-superintendent Ben McCune shares how he came to work at the Cass Scenic Railroad and the appreciation He has gained from working around the steam locomotives Before I came here I’d served several years with other parts with the Division of Natural Resources There is nothing as unique as Cass Cass has a history that is unlike anything I know of my father was a timber man and The history of cast is timber oriented I have Gained a lot of appreciation for the for the engines and for the for the way they work But before this I was not familiar with railroading in any way let alone steam engines and so This is just been a great experience for Meanwhile back on Shay number five engineer Brad Hoover and fireman Danny Grogg are hard at work Shay number five in charge of the Whitaker run is closely behind at the Bald Knob run Which is powered by shea number 11 with Dirk and Amy each train usually operates an hour behind the previous run up the mountain Normally the Bald Knob Run is the first to depart the Cass Depot? Before each train can make its way to Whitaker station. They must operate over two switchbacks a Switchback is a segment of railroad track that allows the train to climb straight up one side of the mountain Rather than circling over and over to reach the top as one would do while climbing a spiral staircase When Cass was still a logging operation? This vital track design allowed the transportation of timber to move much faster in order to make delivery deadlines at the mill Setting up south of Whitaker station we were treated to the awesome sights and sounds of Shay Locomotive number 11 battling its way up the mountain This s-curve is on a nearly 9% grade to put that into perspective a 9% grade is equal to nine feet of elevation gained over a distance of 100 feet at this rate the train could gain a total elevation of 475 feet in one mile on a normal class 1 American railroad a 1.5% grade over a 1 mile distance is considered rather steep This spot on the railroad is considered one of the most beautiful locations on the way to the summit of Bald Knob and Whittaker station During the fall time the area near the s-curves beauty is unsurpassed by nature through the lens of his aerial drone Walther script tunas captured this incredible scene of che number five climbing the mountain with a stunning backdrop of fall colors surrounding the train Che number 5 often pulls the Whitaker runs while Shea’s number 11 and 6 primarily command the Bald Knob excursions At Whitaker station the trains will make a stop for the passengers to D board and grab a refreshment of the snack shop in addition to the snack shop Whitaker station has an array of equipment displays for the passengers to exhibit a caboose a Steam-powered skidder and other logging equipment used in the railroads heyday are a part of the open exhibit each piece has an interesting history the steam skidder built in 1944 for the meadow River Lumber Company and raynelle, West Virginia in 1939 meadow River tried an industry first when it introduced tree lengths logging to skitters were rebuilt to handle the timber Milton the company shops this skidder received machinery taken from an old factory built Lidgerwood skidder it was mounted on a 55 foot railroad car with a half-inch steel bottom built by the company a 96 footlong Tower was mounted on the front end of the car The setup site for this rail skidder would have a log storage yard for 1/2 million feet of logs and give the one in seven Eighths inch skyline enough of a vertical climb to keep it at least 50 feet above the ground The skidder was designed to operate in a complete circle reaching out a distance of about 3,000 feet a good timber cut could yield as much as two and a half million board feet logged into one setup Usually eight to ten months of operation the skyline would sag Considerably when loaded and for best operation most of the load would be carried by the cable rather than dragging on the ground This get her operated until 1966 and is one of only two left in the United States the metal River Lumber Company ceased operations in 1970 in the early years logs are rolled by hand onto log cars this limited the amount of logs put on a car Therefore steam loaders were developed the American and Barnhart loaders were two of the most frequently used makes Having a fixed boom. They moved over the log cars on Rails with some models pulling themselves by a cable and winch After a half an hour with the passengers on board the Bald Knob run will continue up the mountain Dirk and Amy slowly ease shay number 11 out of the station an hour later engineer Hoover and fireman grog will arrive with their train with a crustacean the same ritual of D Boarding and exhibiting the logging equipment will take place before the train returns to Cass The Bald Knob excursion is a four and a half hour round trip while the Whittaker station excursion is only two and a half hours Regardless of which trip one takes the scenery is still magnificent Ephram’s che the inventor of the che locomotive had an amazing life full of many career changes originally che was a school teacher a clerk in a civil war Hospital a civil servant a logger a merchant a railway owner and an inventor he lived in Michigan near the town of Cadillac in the 1860s he became a logger and wished to devise a better way to move logs to his mill instead of on winter snow sleds He built his own tramway in 1875 on 2 foot 2 inch gauge track with wooden ties This was much more efficient than his competitors since he could log all year round Two years later. He invented the che locomotive around the year of 1877 he Developed the idea of having an engine sit on a flat car with the boiler gears and trucks that could pivot the first Shay only Had two cylinders and the very front truck was mounted normally while the rear truck was fixed to the frame and could not swivel This was very similar to normal driving wheels on a larger steam locomotive He mounted the three by five foot tall boiler centered on the car with a water tank over the front trucks and the Crippen’s engine mounted crossways over the rear trucks Che experimented first with a chain drive from the engine through the floor to the truck axle It is not known if he powered one or both axles But he soon found that the chain drive was not practical and he next tried a belt drive It did not take long for the idea to become popular Shaye applied for and was issued a patent for the basic idea in 1881 he patented an improved year truck for his engines in 1901 Lima locomotive works of Lima, Ohio built, Ephraim Shea’s prototype engine in 1880 prior to 1884 all the shades Lima produced weighed 10 to 15 tons each and had just two cylinders in 1884 that delivered the first three cylinder Class B Shea and in 1885 the first three truck class c-shay the success of the Chane led to a major expansion and reorganization of the Lima company when my my first received the che idea it was not impressed until John carne Influence the company to use the design plan in 1903 Lima could claim that it had delivered the heaviest locomotive on drivers in the world Lima produced the first four truck class deshay weighing 140 tons This was built for the El Paso Rock Island line from Alamogordo, New Mexico to Cox Canyon a distance of 31 miles The railroad line consisted of many winding curves and grades of up to six percent the use of a two truck tender was Necessary because the poor water quality along the line meant that the locomotive had to carry enough water for a round-trip Luis ‘if a tanner working for Lima patented improved engine mounting brackets and a super heater for the che in 1908 and 1909 after the basic shape patents had expired Willamette iron and steel works of Portland, Oregon manufactured che type locomotives and in 1927 Willamette obtained a patent on an improved geared truck for such locomotives Since che was a trademark of Lima strictly speaking it is incorrect to refer to locomotives manufactured by Willamette and others as Shea’s 6sh a patent locomotives known as Henderson style shapes were built by the Michigan ironworks in Cadillac Michigan because of their vertical Pistons and pivoted trucks The shades could pull large loads of steep grades at low speeds between four and seven miles per hour Today the cast Scenic Railroad is still operating at the same speeds as they did back in the logging days in All senses of the word Kass is authentic cast number 11 was built in 1923 And operated both as a logger and a common carrier locomotive until 1965 it served the Hutchinson Lumber Company and then the Feather River Railway is number three weighing 103 tons or 200 and 4704 pounds the wheels are 36 inches from the cylinders measure 14 and a half inches by 15 inches With a boiler pressure of 200 pounds Western Maryland Shea number six is the only larger che at Cass? in 1967 number three went to the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum in San Diego California in March of 1997 Cass Scenic Railroad sent a team to Campo California to inspect number three the purpose of this trip was to determine the means by which the big che could be transported back to Cass and To get an idea of the type of repairs that would be necessary to bring the engine back to life Foreman from cass and six from mountain state railroad and logging Historical Association went to Campo, California to bring the shade to Cass Herbert Jones incorporated of Dunbar West Virginia was Contracted to pick the cast number eleven up in Campo and see to its arrival in Cass it took three days to load the massive Shaye and have it sent on its way as mentioned before halfway between Bald Knob and Whittaker station the train passes a location known as old spruce the junction leads to the railroad built lumber town of the same name as the number of working men increased over the years of the West Virginia pulp and paper Company the cutting and shipping of pulp wood increased enormously with the increase of workers three camps were formed Near the top of the mountain the second camp was built on the cheat River one mile up the third camp was also built Through the week these camps were occupied by many immigrant workers on Saturday they would ride the log train to Cass By Sunday afternoon, they would return to camp on another train Overtime the shipping of pulp wood increased most of it shipped with the bark still on it This was ruining the pulp and rolls of paper in effect Hundreds of men were hired to trim the bark from the pulp with axes and spuds Housing these men became expensive in return an appealing plant was built in 1904 spruce was moved this town was less than a mile from the original town The first town became old spruce and the new town became spruce Spruce housed the workers of the Rossing mill the main locomotive shop and the town businesses such as the company store hotel and the post office The hotel was built with 40 rooms complete with a store which was a branch of the Pocahontas supply company store in Cass there were 35 houses in one school at 3800 53 feet spruce was one of the highest towns in the eastern United States at this height It was normal to have Frost in the warmest months of the year there was no road in to spruce Because of this all necessities and materials were brought in by Train Spruce had no cemeteries bodies of the deceased were carried out by training the Millett spruce was operational from about 1905 to 1925 in the winter months logs were dumped into a steam heated pond This kept the logs from freezing these logs were then floated to a jack slip They would later be placed on the main floor of the mill the logs were then cut into 24 inch blocks which went to the Rossing machine The Rossing machine was for debarking spruce trees which were cut into slab wood it took seven men to keep the 18 machines Operating in the winter of 1905 480 men were employed and more to be hired in the spring in 1906 the population boosted again because of the enormous growth in the town the West Virginia pulp and paper company hired a doctor in 1906 by the name of dr. Uriah H Hanna he remained in spruce until 1914 when he moved to Cass spruce became incorporated in 1909 and in 1913 spruce was the junction point for the Greenbrier sheets and elk railroad in 1920 the Lumber Company, built a two-room school in spruce by that time the population hovered close to 350 in 1925 the mill at Spruce closed The town was becoming smaller and smaller and many of the workers moved to Cass source Latty 4 at, West, Virginia However, they still continued working for the lumber company on August 31st 1925 the post office closed several other logging families still remained in 1928 in 1929 the Western, Maryland railway took over the greater portion of the G C and E railroad and the name to take advantage of the developing coal industry of The area Western Maryland railroad moved into the town which became a terminal for help Locomotives employed in pushing trains over the steep grades over the summit at big cut between slightly fork or Laurel Bank and spruce while the Western Maryland railway served spruce the Chesapeake and Ohio railway served casts and interchanged their with the West Virginia pulp and paper company in 1929 another bridge crossing shavers fork was built at spruce forming a why for turnin locomotives a new main line was built east of town making a big horseshoe that crossed shavers Fork at the south end of town and Rejoined the original logging grade on the long climb toward the big cut the new line went right across Main Street eliminating one house the earth fill for the shavers Fork bridge was dumped right over the former logging Main Line burying a stretch of track The hotel was demolished a sand tower in the tall 75-ton polling station were added in 1931 near the water tower in 1941 Western, Maryland Railway Built a new engine house in the center of town The West Virginia pulp and paper company paid a set rate for the right to use the tracks of the Western, Maryland Spruce was now basically used for assembling trains to casts In October 1949 construction began on a new engine terminal at slat II fort which was to replace the facilities at spruce in 1950 the school was finally closed its bruce by 1951 the 20 plus families that had occupied spruce for a quarter century quickly left for other jobs on the railroad in 1953 diesel locomotives made their first run over the branch in December of 1954 the water tank was retired in November of 1956 the Wye and remaining sidings were pulled out Only a couple of houses were left for the occasional use of track gangs, and they were gone by the early 1960s the cass Scenic Railroad operates Western Maryland number six the second-largest Shay locomotive ever built weighing in at 162 tons Shaye number six was one of the original locomotives at the Western, Maryland railroad Used to halt logging trains between spruce and Elkins West Virginia built in 1945 Shea number six operated for of four years before being retired in 1981 in exchange was arranged between the caste Scenic Railroad and the museum for number six Cass offered Shay number one and a Porter o for O type locomotive the museum accepted and Shay number six was carefully removed from the old museum It actually was driven onto the turntable and out of the museum using air generated by a compressor Today number six is still like new and a spectacular example of the fine technology of geared locomotives It combines the Grace and refinement of the Pacific Coast J with sheer mass Today there are no signs of life at Spruce No houses are standing the mill is gone and all that is left are concrete foundations of the railroad shops and company homes occasionally the cash Scenic Railroad ended urban and Greenbrier Valley Railroad will host an event called the Great Train race in which an old fashioned diesel will race one of the cast’s enix Shay locomotives Though the town of spruce is lost to history cash still has many of the original housing facilities at the West Virginia pulp and paper company built for their employees a church a company store and offices are part of the Living Museum at the Cass Scenic Railroad The town of caste resembles much of what spruced look like in its heyday 20 of the company houses can actually be rented out by tourists visiting cast for extended stays The company’s store is used as a gift shop and restaurant for tourists riding the train and visiting the town of Cass north of Spruce of the location called oats run Shay never 11 takes on water Shay number 11s water tender holds between 3,500 and 4,000 gallons of water and oats run the Shea’s usually fill up a little less than a half a tender and The same amount on the way back down the mountain by the time the Train returns to Cass Shay number 11 will be down about another thousand gallons of water After about 30 more minutes the Train reaches the summit of Bald Knob At an elevation of 4800 forty-three feet Bald Knob is recognized as being the third highest point in West Virginia Here passengers deboard for about 30 minutes and are treated to some of the most bee Mountain View’s in the eastern United States On The east side of the mountain a deck provides a great outlook for the passengers to observe their surroundings in The distance the large satellite dishes of the Green Bank observatory can be seen from the top of Bald Knob The Green Bank observatory uses powerful radio telescopes to peer deep into our universe Because these telescopes require minimal interference of outside radio frequencies such as wireless internet Cell phones and local broadcast radio stations the rural area around Green Bank was the chosen location The areas surrounding Green Bank within 100 square miles including Cass have no Cellular phone service therefore one visiting the area should plan ahead for emergencies and be prepared to drive long distances For medical help in addition to being able to rent out one of the company homes in the town of Cass tourists may also rent out a logging caboose on display at Bald Knob for a weekend getaway at Bald Knob passengers often bring packed lunches to enjoy at the top of the mountain Picnic areas provide a great place to snack close to the Train while being surrounded by the mountain scenery after all passengers are accounted for the Train heads back down the mountain and Oats run the train is topped off with water again before heading straight for casts During the trip down the mountain a brakeman at each car applies the needed brake pressure to prevent a bumpy ride down the steep grades Brakeman keep slack action from bunching up the cars Which would make an unpleasant journey down the mountain the brakeman use hand signals to communicate with each other Gene Lambert’s head conductor directs each crew member in applying the brake pressure Two and a half hours later the train arrives back into Cass where the passengers deboard for the final time Though their journey has ended all walk away with a life-changing experience of riding the rails through the most beautiful scenery that West Virginia has to offer Money will return to cast for another glimpse of God’s great handiwork across the beautiful land Made possible only by the amazing men women and locomotives of the cast Scenic Railroad Truly the cast Scenic Railroad is a national treasure that should inspire many generations to come Many will return to cast for another glimpse of God’s great handiwork across the beautiful land Made possible only by the amazing men women and locomotives at the Cass Scenic Railroad Truly the cast Scenic Railroad is a national treasure that should inspire many generations to come At the time this documentary was filmed the cast Scenic Railroad was undergoing a major management transition It was decided within the state of West Virginia that the railroad would be better suited under the management of a private corporation in 2015 the Durbin and Greenbrier railroad will assume operations of the cast Scenic Railroad Many of the employees of the state of West Virginia that were involved with casts will be transferred to different departments or will be given The option to stay with a new management company some of the state employees have retired from the railroad. They will be sorely missed Whatever the future may hold for cash we at delay in block productions wish the new management company a bright one Thank you for watching delay in block productions for more great railroad Documentaries visit our website at delay and block calm and like us on Facebook

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