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Cassandra “All-Nighter”

August 3 - August 4

Each year, a group of volunteers organizes a “Cassandra All-Nighter”, in which the park is open overnight and railfans come to enjoy the rail action all night long. Typically, extra lighting and portable restrooms are brought in, and visitors are invited to camp at the park. This year’s event is planned for August 3-4, 2024 – you may want to bring a lawn chair, bug spray, sunscreen, and come prepared for rain or shine!

While The Station Inn is fully booked that weekend for a private event, we still wanted to help get the word out there about this event (which has been going strong for about 20 years!).

About the Cassandra Railroad Overlook

Located at the end of Main St. in Cassandra, PA, the railroad overlook sits at Milepost 255.8 on Norfolk Southern’s Pittsburgh Line. Looking the west, one can see and hear trains climbing the mountain for 2 miles or more. The view to the east gives you a sweeping downgrade curve perfect for photos. The walking bridge currently in place was built in 1936 as a replacement to a two lane wooden bridge which was the old US 53 right of way. The bridge sat mainly unused until 1999 when John Shuniak, then Mayor of Cassandra, had the idea to create a park for railfans looking for a quiet and remote location to watch trains. It took three summers to clear the area for the overlook and parking area. In 2004, the first Cassandra Railroad Overlook All-Nighter was held using work lights and later on advanced to light towers that are usually used for heavy construction. Throughout the years, benches and picnic tables have been donated by many people including Jim Dawson and Juniata Terminal’s Bennett Levin. The Cassandra Railroad Overlook has been around for nearly two decades and is still an amazing place to watch real mountain railroading.

Read more about the Cassandra Railroad Overlook.

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August 3 - August 4

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