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Frank Jezioro, Director


News Release : May 3, 2007


Hoy Murphy , Public Information Officer (304) 558-3381
Dave Caplinger , Cass Scenic Railroad State Park (304) 456-4300

Cass Scenic Railroad State Park Cited as among America's Most Scenic Train Rides by Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel Magazine

The May issue of Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel magazine has cited Cass Scenic Railroad State Park in Pocahontas County as among America's most scenic train rides, along with rides in Arizona, California, Colorado, Massachusetts and Washington. The park was mentioned in the "Family Travel Handbook" section of the magazine. An excerpt from the magazine follows:         

"Deep in the Appalachians, the Cass Scenic Railroad is part of a state park that has a preserved lumber town at its center. The train switchbacks up 11 percent grades on the five-hour ride to Bald Knob, the state's second-highest point. Dinner trains feature bluegrass music or murder mysteries."

Cass Scenic Railroad State Park is home to the world's largest roster of authentic geared steam locomotives and some of the most unique accommodations in West Virginia 's state parks, including restored company houses, overnight caboose rentals and a wilderness cabin accessed by train. Trips here are a step back in time, and the park offers free tours of the town and railroad facilities, unparalleled views of a vast wilderness area, and close-up encounters with the sights and sounds of original steam-driven locomotives. For more information, call (304) 456-4300 or 1-800-CALL WVA.


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