On our last day with Amma and Papa we hit up Cass Scenic Railroad in glorious Cass, WV. I'm still not certain how/why they were open as all we heard on the radio was that up until the previous day the county was 95% without power still (a week after the storm) but they seemed willing to take our money so we obliged. Someone was super jazzed about the train:
Much to Uncle Matt's dismay, Amma resisted buying Matt a train whistle (I won't put it past Amma to mail one out, she was just smart enough not to buy one right before an hour car ride. I'm pretty certain she learned that lesson in our childhood!) However, Matthew got his first conductor's hat and picked out a blue rock from one of those ubiquitous, historical site rock bins.
Shay Locomotive, or geared steam locomotive. The tracks we took were old logging camp tracks and included this switchback, where we switched from being pushed to being pulled up the mountainside:
And the boys passed the camera around for a while and someone got this pic of me and Catherine. She was just about reaching her limit for the day but stuck it out like a real trooper:
But after a while sitting in the front lost its appeal as we were too close to the whistle and Amma and Papa spent a lot of the ride down helping Matthew cover his ears: