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Cass to Spruce Trip

Ride to the ghost town of Spruce!

Quick Details

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

  • This train in not fully wheelchair/handicap accessible. A wheelchair/handicap car (B) is available but must be reserved in advance.
  • There is only one restroom onboard (in Car C).
  • Restroom facilities are available at both stops (ghost town of Spruce and Whittaker Station picnic area).

BOARDING ADDRESS:

12363 CASS ROAD
CASS, WV 24927

Cold Cut Lunch Included Per Ticket
Adult Ages 12-64
$81
Senior Ages 65+
$79
Military/Veteran With Valid ID
$77
Child Ages 4-11
$61
Infant (FREE BUT TICKET REQUIRED) Ages 3 and Under (TICKET REQUIRED)
Free

Enjoy this scenic ride to the ghost town of Spruce!

For the first time since 2019, passenger service returns to the ghost town of Spruce. Once known as the highest and coldest incorporated town east of the Mississippi and accessible only by rail, Spruce has become a popular destination for those wanting to experience the notorious ghost town.

an old photo of a hillside

These special excursions are planned be powered by Western Maryland Shay No. 6. The last Shay locomotive built and largest to survive! We reserve the right to exchange motive power due to operation requirements.

 

Established in 1902, the West Virginia Pulp & Paper Company chose the remote location at the headwaters of Shavers Fork of Cheat River to build a complex to supply pulpwood for the company paper mills in Covington, Virginia, and Luke, Maryland.

 At its height, the town featured a mill, locomotive shop, company offices, hotel and row houses identical to the ones seen at Cass today. All buildings featured electric lights, a rare amenity of the day.

 In 1926 the mill closed and the future of the town became uncertain until the Western Maryland Railway took over a portion of the rail to take advantage of the booming coal industry in the area. The WM RY abandoned their Spruce facilities in 1949 and the remaining families moved away. Now only foundations of the once thriving town can be seen. 

a vintage photo of a train yard

 On your journey from Cass you’ll travel uphill along the Cass Scenic Railroad pushed by a powerful Shay steam locomotive. At milepost 6.7 the tracks diverge and travel alongside the headwaters of the Shavers Fork. During the layover at Spruce passengers will have the opportunity to walk around and explore the town site. Informational displays can be found throughout the area.

A “King of the Road” hobo lunch will be provided to enjoy with your ride. The hobo lunch consists of a cold sandwich (lunch meat, cheese, etc. all separated in plastic wrap), chips, cookie, applesauce and a bottled water. Children 3 and under will receive a free  applesauce, chips & cookie only.

Please bring a lunch for your free 3 & under child.

2024 Dates: May 18, July 13, August 10, September 7

DEPARTS AT 11AM FROM THE CASS, WV DEPOT!