Sunday, September 29, 2013

Mount Washington Cog Railway

Mount Washington Cog Railway
Remember, when it comes to train is all about me. This was the second cog railway that I rode, the first being the Pike’s Peak Cog Railway in Colorado some years ago. This is also the third train ride for the year, that’s a bonus for me since my allowance is usually two train rides per year. The Mount Washington Cog Railway was the first mountain climbing cog railway in the world. The building of the railway began in 1866, with the first excursion to the top on July 3rd, 1869.

There is no “coupler” between the coach and the locomotive, the engine simply push and hold the coach, plus you do not want 20 tons locomotive to drag you down the mountain in case there is an emergency. We missed the steam train ride by a few minutes, but that’s OK since I could take a rather amazing train steaming up the mountain. But the weather turns for the worst at the peak.

The base is located at 2,700 feet above sea level and the peak is at 6,288 feet, there is no restroom in the coach, the round trip takes about three hours. So, all aboard!

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