There is a lot of history around the railway that served as the main transportation between isolated villages carrying coal ,lumber or other sorts of freight.
60 years ago the lumber in the area was cut and used to built railways and housing ,when there were no more trees to cut the trains and other equipment was useless and almost was used as scrap metal,but was saved by the State and old coal locomotives are used today for tourist trips to different locations.
As we have never took a such a trip back in time we decided to play “tourists” and drove to Cass Railway station for a short 2 hour trip to Whittaker Station and back through nice scenery speeding around 14 mile per hour when it is on a level stretch,some parts of the tracks were up hill and then we could see the black smoke coming out of the engine as it burns coal .
All the operation was done as it used to be done years ago,filling water to the tank,holding the breaks going down hill and crossing rails was done manually when a crew member jumped from the train and pushed a handle on the tracks to divert the train to another rail.
On the way when the smoke hit the trees , the light beams made a beautiful picture and we felt like slipping back in time.
At the Cass station the “porters” where on a day off so Shula took control…
Coming back to our campground the skies were clear and we were greeted by a family of deer that were just roaming around our camper,it looks like they are used to people and may even be second or third generation in the park.
Those were the days…