My. Washington Cog Railway

Our last day in New Hampshire we road the cog railway to the top of Mt Washington …had a long wait but it was fun. There are only three ways to get to the top; hike, drive the auto road or take the cog. Ronnie was not going to have fun if we drove and after seeing the road at the top I would not have had fun driving up ……glad we took the train.

The railway was completed in 1869 …..the first steam engine made 1 MPH so the trip up then took 3 hours…..now the speed is 3 MPH so 45 minutes or so each way with an hour at the top. While waiting the fog was swirling around part way up…….

They still run one old steam engine along with several diesels….this old engine burns 2000 pounds of coal and 1000 gallons of water to make the round trip…you can see the fire just left of the number 9…..

Due to the delay for some track repair they had the steamer and 4 diesels going at once….about 1000 feet apart….

Some of the grades are extreme…..the steepest is 37%…..seats adjust in the coaches to allow for it…..some idea of it here as we pass a car coming up….

This is a famous weather station…..at 6288 feet the highest mountain in the northeastern 🇺🇸 USA….

Here the strongest wind ever observed by man….during a major snowstorm in April 1934……wind gust to 231 miles per hour

Some views…..

Here the cog track and one going back down…..

Well…it’s Labor Day today ….we are at a campground ⛺️ in Vermont near the town of Manchester…..which seems to be a popular site with Bostonians and New Yorkers….full of old inns, restaurants and outlet stores…there is even one for Armani….

Starting home tomorrow……hope to be back to Fripp Island 🌴 on Thursday

 

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