The Cass Scenic Railroad is home to terrific scenery!
This is a Classic Shay locomotive, sometimes called the “Sidewinder”.
You do not see the stereotypical driving wheels of a normal locomotive, but rather some fascinating gears and crank shafts working in harmony that are receiving power from a gear box underneath the boiler.
There are no typical driving wheels you would expect to find on regular locomotives.
This engine was designed for lower speeds and high torque. She was used mainly in industrial settings including logging mills and the mining industries.
This type of geared locomotive was particularly well suited to traverse uneven and poorly laid track.
Let us know if you have ever been to the Cass Scenice Railroad! We would love to hear about your experience!