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Fathers, sons and grandsons share passion for the rails


CASS, W.Va. — There’s something quite magical about an old steam train chugging along the mountainous terrain deep in the hills of West Virginia. For all those folks young and old who have grown up with a fascination for trains, a trip to Cass, West Virginia is just the ticket.

My dad was one of those guys who loved trains. So in 1964 when I was just a youngster, our dad and mom, along with good friends Joe and Caroline Hoffmann, piled their respective children and picnic lunches into two station wagons and headed south to the Cass Scenic Railroad in Pocahontas County.

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