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NRHS Cass to Elkins 8/8/2018 Part 2



by Chris Guenzler

We are at Old Spruce and we are transferring from the Cass train to the Salamander train. This took longer than I would have expected as some of our members lingered about and did not do as directed.





My view of our power for the Salamander train. I was the first one on my coach and I saved a group of four seats, one for me and others for Elizabeth, Bob and Robin. When I saw them come close, I called out of the window to get her attention and did the same for Robin so he would know which car to go in. We took our seats and soon were on our way toward Elkins.





The Bald Knob train starts its ascent up its mountain leaving us all behind as we had another destination to go to today.





The interior of the coach we were riding in, which I spent very little time in.





Here is our train running between Old Spruce and Spruce. I have this mileage from Cass Railfan Weekend 2007.





We have reached Spruce.





The train at Spruce. Trying to shoot out or through the window was not going to work so Elizabeth and I made the decision to stand out on the back platform until my new mileage starts at the Twin Bridges and ends where I was dropped off on the New Tygart Flyer at Cheat Falls back in 2007.





The north switch at Spruce.





The train went by Milepost 86.





The scenery is really beautiful here in West Virginia.





Crossing the first of the Twin Bridges of the Shavers Branch of the Cheat River.





Crossing the second Twin Bridge.





This is the spot where my new mileage starts. Now I will document the entire route from here to where my new mileage ends at Cheat Falls.





We are running through the Monongahela National Forest.





We are running through the Shavers Fork of the Cheat River, so sit back and enjoy the views.









Running along the Shavers Fork of the Cheat River.





We ran through some forest before reaching the Cheat River.





The third crossing of the Shavers Fork of the Cheat River.





Waterfall on the Shavers Fork of the Cheat River.





Two views of the Shavers Fork of the Cheat River.





Crossing a small stream that flows into the Shavers Fork of the Cheat River.





The forests are beautiful but we are also watching the clouds in sky in case of rainfall. My geographic skills are coming into play today.





An oxbow lake formed by the Shavers Fork of the Cheat River.





Some beautiful yellow and pink flowers along our route.





Hopkins siding, basically a set-out track.





Another view of the Shavers Fork of the Cheat River.





The fourth crossing of the Shavers Fork of the Cheat River and the yard limit sign for Hopkins.





The train passed through more of the Monongahela Forest.







Running along the Shavers Fork of the Cheat River.





The fifth crossing of the Shavers Fork of the Cheat River.







Views abound as we continue to meander the along Shavers Fork of the Cheat River.





A fairly rare piece of straight track.







Rolling along the Shavers Fork of the Cheat River on the way to Cheat Bridge.







The train passed Cheat Bridge.





The north switch of Cheat Bridge siding.





Crossing US Highway 250, the first major highway of this trip.





More straight track.





























Running along the Shavers Fork of the Cheat River.





The train passed milepost 66.









Believe it or not, we are still running along the Shavers Fork of the Cheat River.





The train passed milepost 64.





Continuing to follow the course the Shavers Fork of the Cheat River.





We have finally reached Linan, MP 60, where we will hold our first and only runbys of the trip.



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