West Virginia Lumbering and Railroad History
Mountain State Railroad &
Association was founded in 1982 and is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, all
volunteer, organization. The Association is dedicated to the research,
collection, preservation, and publication of information about West
Virginia’s historic lumbering and railroad operations. It also
supports the restoration of associated equipment and structures
is based in Cass, West
has over 500 members located throughout the U.S. and in several foreign
countries. MSR&LHA is the Foundation of Record for
Scenic Railroad State Park and much of its focus is on the
railroad and historic structures.
the links below to get more information
about the Association and its activities
Greenacre Photo Award
Making of a Cass Insider
Richard Sparks, one of the Association's founders, Editor of The Log Train from 1992 through
and an expert on the history of Cass and the Association, has written a
history of his involvement with the Association and Cass.
Complete with many color photos, The Making of a Cass Insider
gives Richard's view of
the evolution of the Association and its many accomplishments over the
years. Click here
to download the 12 Mbyte PDF file.
Note: This file has been printed as issue #132 of The Log Train.
The issue is 44 full color pages and includes additional material and
paintings done by Richard. The cost is $6.00 per copy. See
the Company Store page to order a copy.
Interviews with Artie Barkley
Artie Barkley was a fixture in the railroad
operation in Cass from 1965
until his retirement in 2007. He was a locomotive engineer, rose
the Shop Foreman, and often served as the public face of the
In December 2016 MSR&LHA President Rob Hilburn and Log Train
Editor Matt Wilson sat down with Artie and recorded several hours of
reminiscences. A small portion of the interview was published in
#126 of The Log Train, but
the actual interview tapes are being posted on Youtube. Click here
to see an index to the interview segments on YouTube.
Climax Locomotive Restoration Project
The Association's involvement in the project to restore the Cass Scenic
Railroad State Park's Climax steam locomotive ended in December,
The new operator responsible for the Park's railroad operation and
maintenance, the Durbin and Greenbrier Valley Railroad, informed the
Association that its assistance in the project was no longer
The Association began the massive restoration project in 2002 and it
was estimated to be approximately 80% complete. It is anticipated
that the remaining work on the locomotive will be completed by DGVR
John Smith, DGVR President, made the following statement about the
transition: "The Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad will be
finishing the remaining work on Climax No. 1551 in order to ensure a
safe and efficient restoration. The project, started by the Mountain
State Railroad & Logging Historical Association is nearly 80
percent complete. As the project moves forward [at DGVR], the
locomotive will be able to be built into the railroad's maintenance
schedule and will be assembled at the Cass Shops using overhead cranes
and qualified DGVR personnel. This process will allow the railroad to
finish the remaining tasks needed to bring the locomotive to operating
September 2019 Update:
The Climax had its inaugural run during a DGVR railfan event on
September 7, 2019. Some work remains to be done, but the locomotive
was able to pull two loaded log cars on the recently rebuilt line along
the Greenbrier River north of Cass. Chick here to see a YouTube video of the restored locomitive in action.
There are two Facebook pages devoted to the
Association and the Cass Scenic Railroad:
The Association's Facebook page
contains more timely information than this Web page. Click here to go to the page.
The Casshews page is an informal
site that is devoted to the Cass Scenic Railroad. Click here to go to the page.
for larger images & captions
Much of the
Association's focus is on the Cass Scenic Railroad State
Park because of the Park's collection of geared locomotives and its
link to the lumber and logging railroad industries. The links
provide additional information about Cass.
Big-time Railroad to Major Tourist
Donations to support the Association's
activities and in the Cass Scenic Railroad State Park are
welcome. MSR&LHA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization so
all donations are tax deducible to the full extent of the law.
The "donate" button below will take you to the secure PayPal site where
you can make your donation from your PayPal account or with a credit
card. All donations will be acknowledged.
Other Related Information
John A. Taubeneck has created an extensive list of Barnhart Log Loaders.
These small 360-degree swing cranes were built by the Marion Steam
Shovel Company of Marion, Ohio, and were used in logging operations
throughout the country. The list can be downloaded as a 145KB PDF
file here. Mr. Taubeneck
is very interested in any additions or corrections to the list.
His contact information is in the file.
Future MSR&LHA Board
and other important dates
All Association members are welcome to attend any Board meeting or the
Annual Meeting. If
you need overnight accommodations at a meeting you need to make
arrangements in advance by sending your request to email@example.com.
|April 4, 2020
Board Meeting at 7 PM in the Terry
House in the Cass Scenic Railroad State Park. Meeting postponed indefinitely due to coronavirus.
more information about the Association or its activities please e-mail
last updated or validated on August 14, 2020