CASS, WV (LOOTPRESS) – A historic locomotive will get a second chance to show its might thanks to the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad.
Durbin & Greenbrier Valley RR has acquired a rare 2-truck Heisler locomotive from Stuart Thayer of Thomas, WV.
According to Cass Scenic Railroad, on Monday, September 18th, the locomotive was pulled from its home since 2002, and loaded onto a lowboy trailer for transport to Cass.
Built in 1929, the 42-ton locomotive was built for the Fisher Lumber Co. of Wisner, LA, and was later purchased by Forest Products Chemical Co. of Memphis, TN.
During the late 1960’s the Heisler was acquired by the now-defunct Dry Gulch Junction tourist railroad in Wytheville, Va where it saw occasional operation through the early 1980’s before spending time in Florida, Alabama, and eventually Thomas, WV.
While the locomotive has no previous connection to Cass, it is only two construction numbers apart from Heisler No. 6, it is possible they may have shared the shop floor during construction.
Future plans for the locomotive will be announced at a later date, but a full restoration to operation is planned.