West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful

About West Virginia

West Virginia is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research.


West Virginia is full of opportunity for any business with a growing economy and a highly dedicated workforce. Whether you are running an existing business or thinking of starting a new business you can find all of the information you need throughout this business section.


West Virginia is fortunate to have a tremendous education system with a high standard of excellence. Please use the information provided here to learn more about the wealth of educational opportunities in our great state.


West Virginia is home to one of the finest workforces in the country based on our hard work and commitment to quality. Whether you are looking for new job opportunities, enhancing your job skills or researching future employment trends you can find all of the information you need throughout this employment section.


West Virginia offers the perfect balance of a rural and urban setting that suits a variety of lifestyles. This is a state where you can go whitewater rafting in the morning, go to an art exhibit in the afternoon and attend a concert in the evening. Whether you just moved to the Mountain State or your family has been here since it was founded, you are part of our community.


Maintaining proper health is vital to ensuring the highest quality of life possible. West Virginia strives to provide one of the best health care systems in the country that is affordable and available to all residents of the state. This section contains numerous resources to assist you in accessing the health care services provided in the state.


Exhilarate in the lasting beauty and natural wonder scattered throughout West Virginia. From unmatched outdoor recreation to world-class resorts, breathtaking scenery and a variety of cultural and historic attractions, West Virginia is an ideal spot to plan your next adventure. Discover for yourself what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful.

 Reach for the Moon and Stars on Cass Scenic Railroad Lunar Express Runs in 2013

CASS, W.Va. – In an era of dusk-to-dawn lighting, lunar excursions at Cass Scenic Railroad offer dark skies on New Moon Runs and moonlight shadows on Full Moon Runs. The state park in Pocahontas County in West Virginia has four night runs planned in 2013.

“On clear dark nights up on the mountain, the moon and stars seem so close you can touch the sky. Dark skies with very limited to no artificial light is amazing,” said event coordinator Monica Fleming. “Getting to the destination by the power of a Shay locomotive makes the experience even more memorable.”

Photography of the night sky is encouraged. Fleming invites anyone to take a train ride at Cass Scenic Railroad on the standard daily trips, for dinner trains, at Halloween and especially the Lunar Express series: New and Full Moon runs. The 2013 all trips calendar is available at www.cassrailroad.com/CASS_schedule.pdf

New Moon Run
July 9 and Aug. 6, 2013

A new moon is a promise of dark skies from the Cass depot to the Whittaker Station destination. The New Moon run is at 8 p.m. National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) astronomers will be helping with this event, Fleming said. “New Moon excursions will have telescopes positioned at Whittaker Station to view stars. NRAO astronomers will help sight in stars and planets that are present in the night sky.”

In case of cloudy skies, upon return from the trip, activities at the Community Center will include “Story in the Stars” talk, star lab and some hands on activities. Milky Way candy bars are part of the evening snacks. There is a 100 passenger limit for the New Moon excursions. The cost is $36 for adults, $26 for children ages 5-12 and $16 for children under 5.

About NRAO

NRAO, located in Green Bank, W.Va., provides state-of-the-art radio telescope facilities for use by the international scientific community. Learn more about Nation Radio Astronomy Observatory at www.nrao.edu.

Full Moon Run
Aug. 20, Sept. 19, 2013

Two Full Moon Runs at Cass Scenic Railroad both travel to Bald Knob, the second-highest natural occurring elevation in West Virginia. The train departs the Cass depot at 8 p.m. for a short stop at Whittaker Station and then proceeds to Bald Knob. There is a stop at Oats Run to take on water. The full moon excursion returns to the depot by 12:30 a.m. Full Moon excursions include Moon Pies and RC Cola as part of the Lunar Express series refreshments, according to Fleming. Reservations are required and the ride is $36 for adults; $26 for children ages 5-12 and $16 for children under 5.

Cass Scenic Railroad celebrates 50 years as a tourist train destination. Cass was a booming logging community and industry in the early 1900s through the 1960s. Twenty two-story company house are rented for vacation accommodation, the Last Run Restaurant, Company Store, town tours, locomotive shop tours, museum and showcase are part of visitor experience at the state park. The Cass Scenic Railroad State Park website is www.cassrailroad.com.

For New Moon or Full Moon excursion information or reservations, call Cass Scenic Railroad at 304-456-4300, ext. 104 or 101.

Contact Information

Cass Scenic Railroad, Monica Fleming, event coordinator, or Scott Fortney, superintendent