The Cass Scenic Railroad is owned by the State of West Virginia as are the trains out of Elkins, WV and the Durbin Rocket. They are currently operated by the Durbin and Greenbrier Valley Railroad.
As we drove to Cass, we discovered that the state of West Virginia has no road (other than interstates) that is straight for a distance of over 100 yards!!! And it is all hills! (Actually the Alleghany Mountains) BUT beautiful scenery.
Here is an observation lookout at Curtin, West Virginia on the way. It overlooks the village of Curtin and still has a large sawmill.
The sawmill had been left intact when lumbering stopped in 1960 but a fire in the 1980s pretty much destroyed it.
As we traveled from Cass to Elkins, WV, we passed through Durbin, where the Durbin Rocket had ended its trip for the day. At the present, their track is only about 5 miles long but it is being rebuilt to connect to Elkins. We didn't have time to ride this train . . . this time!
Looking like a shot from 1950 . . .