It’s hard to keep a secret in a small town, but the town of Cass managed to do so when planning a surprise celebration for Wilbur “Bud” Cassell and his 55 years of working at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park. Cass employees and residents gathered last Friday to honor Cassell for his dedication to the park. Among those congratulating Cassell, center, were Cass Superintendent Benny McCune, left, and Assistant Superintendent Marshall Markley. S. Stewart photo

Suzanne Stewart
Staff Writer

What began as a normal day of work for Cass Scenic Railroad State Park historian Wilbur “Bud” Cassell, soon became a celebration of his 55 years of dedication to the park and the trains that make it so unique.

Park employees and state officials honored Cassell last Friday with a surprise party complete with greetings from Governor Jim Justice and United States Senator Joe Manchin, III.

Manchin’s regional coordinator Brian Aluise kicked off the celebration with a letter from Manchin, who could not attend in person.

“‘It is my distinct honor to recognize Bud Cassell for his dedicated work with the Cass Scenic Railroad State Park for the last fifty-five…

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