Whitaker Station Run
Train departs at 11; meet on outdoor deck at 8:15 am (early cars) to 9:15 am (latest) for carpools.
Based on members’ suggestions and and a previous successful outings, we have added a shortened field trip to the Cass Scenic Railroad as a daylight activity on Sunday. AHSP has reserved group tickets for the 2 hour trip up Bald Knob to the historical stop at Whitaker Station. Definitely a family activity, for any weather.
Tickets for the train ride, the historical sites, and snacks are $25 for adults and $20 for children. Cass is about an hour south of TMI, just beyond NRAO. Participants can spend time before or after the train trip in Cass village or in the environs, and be back in time for the TMI dinner and evening program.
Bob Bunge wrote in 2010: “Cass is unique and very much a treasure of mountain history and culture (much like TMI). It has the largest operating fleet of geared locomotives in the US. One of their locomotives, Western Maryland #6 is the largest Shay type locomotive ever made.
“The trip up the mountain features steep, steep grades; at some points, there are “switch backs” where the train will stop, backup and move forward again since there either isn’t room or the grades would be too steep even for the geared locomotives. The engines work very hard up the mountain, if you are into anything industrial and enjoy sound, the combination of the different noises, the roar of the exhaust, the steam whistle and screech of the wheels is a real treat.”
Volunteer carpools will meet on the deck after breakfast. Those who wish to be at Cass to tour the town or railroad restoration works should be prepared to leave TMI by 8:15 for a 9:30 arrival. Those who are going for the train ride only should be prepared to leave TMI by 9:15 for 10:30 arrival. Leaving in between will give you some time to explore the town around the Cass depot.
We will provide snacks, lunch is on your own.