The Bachmann HO Open-Sided Excursion Car Cass Scenic models a generic excursion car that is used in the passenger car fleets of tourist short line railroads. There are tourist short line railroads all over North America that provide family fun for railroaders of all ages. The open sides allow the passenger to be outside- much better for viewing and photography than a typical enclosed passenger car.
Road Name and History:
Cass Scenic: In 1900 Samuel Slaymaker lead the effort to build the Greenbrier & Elk River Railroad in rural West Virginia to access timber lands by making a connection to the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway. The little railroad's name was changed several times, but it was always the property of the West Virginia Pulp & Paper Company. By the 1920s the railroad had founded a new town of Spruce, WV, which was the hub for a 140 mile rail system serving the wood and paper industry. West Virginia Pulp & Paper sold its railroad to the Western Maryland Railway in 1927. With the old growth forests depleted, the WM gradually shut down its operation serving this isolated region of the Mountain State. In 1942 the Mower Lumber Company again operated the railroad to haul second growth timber, but by 1960 this timber was also depleted. Mr. Russel Baum had the vision and lead the effort to create a tourist railroad from some of these lines, which lead the State of West Virginia (in 1961) to allocate funds for a Cass Scenic Railroad State Park. Being distant from any population centers created many naysayers, but the state-run tourist railroad quickly became a great success. In the intervening years the Cass Scenic Ralroad State Park, including restoration of part of the Cass townsite as cabins, has remained an important tourist attraction in this rural Appalachian locale.
Recommended for Ages 14 and Up.