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UPDATE: Historic Train Assists in Cass Trout Access Project

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--Update--

The Division of Natural Resources is helping brook trout reach their spawning areas.

The DNR had recently made plans to use a steam locomotive to haul materials for the construction of specialized culverts to help the fish.

The train departed from Cass Monday with those materials.

The DNR said it should take about two weeks to install the culverts.

--Original Story--

One of West Virginia's oldest steam powered locomotives has been given its first work assignment in more than fifty years.

Cass Scenic Railroad's Shay Number 5 will haul culvert pipes into the Cheat Mountains next Monday.

The engine was put on the tracks in 1905 and never left. It was primarily used as a workhorse hauling timber off the mountain, but its currently transporting tourists.

The culvert pipes that it will be hauling are specifically designed for allowing Brook Trout to easily swim up the Upper Shavers Fork Tributary.

"That will actually create a series of pools in the pipe that makes it easier for fish to move to get upstream to spawn. So reconnecting all of these spawning tributaries the main river on Shavers Fork is one of the most important restoration activities that we can do," said fish and wildlife planner Steve Brown.

The culverts should be installed within two weeks at a cost of nearly $100,000.