The Durbin and Greenbrier Valley Railroad is buying a 1926 steam locomotive that has its roots here in West Virginia.
The railroad reached an agreement to buy the Buffalo Creek & Gauley 280 Number 4 from the North Carolina Transportation Museum.
“The locomotive ran in West Virginia for nearly five decades,” said John Smith, president of Durbin and Greenbrier Valley Railroad. “It ran in Clay County on the Buffalo Creek and Gauley Railroad.”
Plans are to restore the steam engine with hopes of putting back into service. “It will initially travel from Cass to Durbin, and then as we rebuild that line into Elkins, we’ll eventually use it all the way into Elkins, but that will be several years down the road,” Smith said.
The locomotive will be moved this Spring to Cass from North Carolina.
Smith said the North Carolina Transportation Museum has been very generous in allowing it to come back to the Mountain State.
“We felt we needed a locomotive that would display more of the history and explain more of the history of West Virginia railroading, and this one really fits the bill,” Smith said.
The railroad hopes to complete the restoration in time for the locomotive’s 90th birthday in September 2016.