The final issue of The Log Train has been produced . . .
We no longer have an Editor for The Log Train. The one candidate who expressed an interest was unable to complete an issue and no other candidates are in the wings. Plus, with the demise of researchers like Phil Bagdon, Max Robin, Richard Sparks, and others, the amount of Log Train material has dropped significantly in recent years.
The Association has been a very productive operation since it was incorporated in 1982, but it has been essentially on life support since the railroad operation at Cass was privatized in 2015. We have still supported the Cass Scenic Railroad State Park in a number of ways, primarily with funding for interpretative projects, but most of our members are really railfans first and interest in the town of Cass is secondary.
The MSR&LHA Board feels that the Association has run its course and its membership is being asked to approve its dissolution.
The good news is that there is a group of folks living in and around Cass who are very interested in supporting the town and its history. The group is currently operating as the Association’s “Friends of Cass” Committee. They have run the incredibly successful “Cass Days” for the last two years and have worked with the Park to do a number of other projects that help increase Park visitation. These include Halloween activities, improving holiday lighting, and other projects. Unlike much of the Association’s leadership, the FOC folks are relatively young and enthusiastic.
The Friends of Cass folks are in the process of forming a separate nonprofit corporation with two missions. One will be to serve as the Foundation of Record supporting the Cass Scenic Railroad State Park. The second will be to continue MSR&LHA’s mission of preserving West Virginia’s logging and railroad history. That includes all of West Virginia, not just Cass. The Association’s assets will be transferred to the new nonprofit Friends of Cass as soon as they receive their 501(c)(3) nonprofit designation from the IRS.
Current Association members are receiving the last Log Train issue and information about obtaining a refund for any unreceived future issues.
November 22, 2023
December 1, 2023: Trains magazine has an excellent article about the Association's dissolution on the News Wire page on their website. Click here to read the article.
Past Association Projects
The Greenacre Photo Award
Historic Interpreter Jobs in Cass
Cass Railfan Weekend
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.
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The links below will lead you to photo albums that document the Association's activities over the years and the equipment and operations of the Cass Scenic Railroad.
There are a number of videos of railfan trips at Cass on the YouTube Web site. Go to www.youtube.com and enter cass railroad (two words with a space between) in the search window.
Photos of Association Activities
Recent Climax Restoration Project activities (1)
Recent Climax Restoration Project Activities (2)
Recent Climax Restoration Project Activities (3)
Early Climax Restoration Work (1)
Early Climax Restoration Work (2)
Constructing the Whittaker Camp (1991-96)
Reconstructing the "wye" Track (1997)
Moving Shay 11 from California (1998)
Constructing & Equipping the Restoration Building (2000-02)
Rebuilding the Cass "Bobber" Caboose
Photos from the Greenacre Photo Contest
Photos of West Virginia Lumbering & Railroads
Other West Virginia Railroads (1)
The Greenbrier Railroad
Short video of Ely Thomas operations in 1964-65
Elk River Coal & Lumber Co. Log Line in 1958
Logging Railroad photos by Robert Long (new 3/2021)
Photos of the Cass Scenic Railroad
Historic Operations (1901-60)
Cass Railroad Operations (1)
Cass Railroad Operations (2)
Cass Railroad Operations (3)
Cass Railroad Operations (4)
The Town of Cass
The (former) Town of Spruce
Cass Shop (before the 1972 fire)
Cass Shop (after the fire)
Cass Lumber Mill
Cass Roster - Locomotives
The Cass Roster - Rolling Stock
Cass Track Guide
Comparison of Geared Locomotive Types
The Making of a Cass InsiderRichard Sparks, one of the Association's founders, Editor of The Log Train from 1992 through 2013, 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.
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|There are no Board meeting currently scheduled. When one is scheduled the information will be posted here.