Photographs by Frank

20 September 2014

Mount Washington Cog Rail

Filed under: Early Fall,the White Mountains — Tags: — Frank @ 12:04 PM

Last year, right after Labor Day, we took a trip to the White Mountains with our now-adult offspring. One of the things we did on that trip was to ride the Cog Railway to the summit of Mount Washington.

We must have talked up the trip well because this year we repeated the Cog Railway excursion with my parents. We did just a day trip but a good time was had by all and my father got to check off an item from his “bucket list”.

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Engine M4 (detail)
Engine M4 (detail)
Old Engine (detail)
Old Engine (detail)
Headed Up
Headed Up
At the Summit
At the Summit
Summit Cairn #1
Summit Cairn #1
Summit Cairn #2
Summit Cairn #2
View from the Summit
View from the Summit

 

2 Comments

  1. Great shots of a spectacular place. How do the power the cog rail train now? Used to be billow of black smoke from coal.

    K

    Comment by Kevin — 20 September 2014 @ 12:06 PM

  2. Most of the trips are powered by biodiesel using John Deere marine engines.

    However, the first run of each day is done using one of the old coal-fired steam engine. The also use the steam engine for other trips sporadically.

    From what I have been told, the fireman on the coal-powered run has to add a shovelful of coal every twenty seconds for the entire 45 minute trip up. He also needs to keep the firebox closed between each shovelful in order to keep the heat in!

    Comment by Frank — 20 September 2014 @ 3:55 PM

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