If you plan group tours, add Cass Scenic Railroad to your itinerary. From standard trips to Whittaker Station or Bald Knob or dinner trains and chartered cars, Cass Scenic Railroad can accommodate your group and provide an unforgettable stop on your tour agenda.
Cass is more than the train ride to Whittaker Station or Bald Knob. There are daily activities available in town. Some of the most popular, besides shopping at the Cass Company Store or visiting our Soda Fountain at the Last Run Restaurant for ice cream, are town and locomotive shop tours, museum and Showcase. These tours and other activities can be enjoyed in addition to your train ride to create lasting memories of a great trip and well planned program for your tour group. Group tours often schedule special activities that are customized to fulfill travel and entertainment needs.
Our tours are available on a daily basis, any day the trains are running. Times can be adjusted to fit your group's schedule. Fees are based on a per person basis and help us cover the costs associated with reserving a tour guide for you. Scheduling special tours in advance is recommended.
Locomotive Shop Tours, Town Tours and Showcase Presentations will be $3 per person per activity.
The leaders or escorts of groups tours should meet Cass Scenic Railroad State Park Interpretive Staff at the Visitor's Center to sign in and receive any special instructions, as well as to begin the tours.
Locomotive Shop Tours: The most popular with our guests here at Cass. We can accommodate groups of any size, although we may have to divide them into smaller groups and stagger the timing of the tours to accommodate large groups. Large tour groups will be broken up to no more than 30 persons at a time. This is for safety and for space issues in the shop areas.
The locomotive shop tour is approximately 1 mile round trip from the Visitor Center to the shops and back. The shops feature steps and loose gravel as well as uneven footing in the area. So as a note to the group tour coordinators it is not a tour recommended for wheelchairs and people with trouble walking.
Buses will not be able to drive down to the shop area for safety reasons. But we can unload at the end of our parking lot to reduce the walk it needed, but the tour incorporates items from the Visitor Center to the Shops.
Town Tours: Want to know more about how the citizens and employees and employers lived in this company town, this tour will provide insight into this rarely seen part of American Industrial History. Visit the town jail, Mayor's office and learn about life in a company town. Group size and scheduling is the same as the Locomotive Shop Tours.
Showcase: This is a model diorama of the town done on a HO railroad scale, depicting the town in the 1920s and 1930s, the heyday of the Company's operation. The twenty minute video describes Cass from before West Virginia Pulp and Paper company bought the land to the current era of the State Park. We accommodate larger groups in this building and there is limited handicap accessibility. Scheduling this will be similar to the tours.
Company Store, Soda Fountain and Restaurant: All are also available to the guests, Call our Park Headquarters Office to inquire about times and our restaurant can accommodate groups for lunches, dinners or snacks. Phone number 304-456-4300.
304-456-4300 ext. 111