Elk Springs Resort
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Capital -Charleston, Berkeley
Cities- Lynchburg, Charleston
Year of statehood- 1863
Motto-Mountaineers are always free –montian simper er liberi
5 other facts-state tree is the sugar maple, state gem is
the fossil coral, has 1 national forest, 9 state forests, 37 state parks
... additional photo opportunities. The cabooses get set off on stub tracks beside the Greenbrier River... and then it's back to Durbin.
Walt had a chance to mount the cab and take pix there before we left and the crew were generous with their time in conversation. Seems the D&G is believed to be the likely private successor to the State as owner and operator of the Cass Scenic RR... and that the D&G (which is commonly owned with ...
... for an enormously powerful, if slow-moving engine.
That makes it easy to chase... as long as there are roads and vistas. Those are in somewhat scant supply but not so scarce or hard to reach as to deny us a gratifying morning of picture taking. One of the vistas was at a swinging bridge that spanned the Greenbrier River. We took pictures of the bridge, and ljw went part way across, but we decided the vegetation would block the view of the train, and it would be very ...
... telescope to radio interference of any kind. Because of that, there is a ban on the use of all sorts of things -- including digital cameras, anywhere near the telescopes AND a complete ban on cell phone use -- and towers -- in the whole valley! Thus no cell phone service! I don't feel so bad now that I know it's for a good reason!
Walt would have to fill in the details, because I didn't take notes, but this telescope weighs 17 MILLION pounds. I think the ...
... br> We couldn't see the train, but we could still hear it, and thought it was coming our way. Then the sounds got fainter and then stopped. Then we heard a whistle and more train sounds, so we waited, but they stopped again. We decided to wait five more minutes, and our patience paid off. The train eventually came around the bend, and we got some more pictures.
Back to the station for lunch and shots of the next train leaving. Then we headed back ...