This picture was taken at Spruce by Frank Wiechers during a railfan weekend in 2000.
In the foreground is the British Leyland railbus, used on the Cheat Mountain Salamander service of the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad until 2000.
In the background is a train of the Cass Scenic Railroad, headed by Shay #6, its vertical cylinders on the side away from us, facing the photographers on the embankment. The spark arresting smokestack of another Shay can be seen, just behind the railbus. On the middle track is a tank car filled with water, used to replenish the steam locomotives.
It is an unusual event for both railways to be present at Spruce at the same time, because although both the Cheat Mountain Salamander and the Cass Scenic Railroad serve Spruce, in normal operation they run there on different days. There is one planned meet at Spruce in in 2013, on July 13th, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the West Virginia Central.
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West Virginia flag image from Wikipedia
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Special thanks to the Mountain State Railroad & Logging Historical Association
for providing much of the information and several of the photos used on these pages
Thanks also to SPV for their excellent Railroad Atlases