Mount Washington Cog Railway in New Hampshire









Approximately 10-11 years ago, when Veronica and I lived in N.H., we drove up North. The Franconia Notch, Mt. Washington and White Mountain area is beautiful and it is well worth the drive should you ever be in the N.H. area. The areas beauty heightens even more when the leaves change color at the beginning of Fall. The Cog Railway trips begins in Bretton Woods, N.H. and it takes approximately 3 hours. Once at the top of Mt. Washington, you get a 20 minute break to explore the observation building and surrounding sights on top of the 6,288 foot above sea level mountain. The train ride up seems very slow and this is because the tracks run along a 3.1 mile trestle steep grade with a maximum grade of 37 degrees. This makes it the second steepest mountain climbing train in the world, second only to the Pilatus Bahn in Switzerland. The locomotives were all coal fired steam operated engines but some, if not all, have been changed over to a more eco friendly engine system. When it is time to return, the engine was not turned around for the return trip, it just went down backwards with a very heavy use of the braking system to keep the train from going down too quickly. It was quite an experience and I strongly recommend this train ride if you ever go up there. For more info on the Cog Railway and Mount Washington, please click on the links below:

12 comments:

Rocky Mtn. Girl said...

Fascinating post! How I would love to take a ride on this train. What a neat experience this would be indeed! I am really fascinated with trains and this definitely peaked my interest!! =)
The photos are beautiful!

I appreciate the visit to my blog and the kind comment you had left.

~Michele~

Anna said...

Hi Rick, you yourself have nice blog, very interesting stuff and nice photography. Thanks for sharing, Anna :)

Granny J said...

You've got a fascinating bunch of posts here, Rick. I'll be back. Often.

PlantBuddy said...

Hello Rick,
That is the cutest little train. Looks like the "Little Engine That Could" after the children's story. Thanks for visiting today.

Carlos Lorenzo said...

Maybe I will never visit the place but your narration and the green color makes you feel like riding on that train next summer :)

Jessica said...

Wow, this brings me back to a time I haven't thought up for years. I grew up in New England and I remember taking this train on a trip as a little girl in the summer. I was so excited about this train! It also made me think of the "Old Man of the Mountain" that has sadly collapsed.

roentarre said...

Very good writing with beautifully taken images. I found trains hard to photograph especially with the black colour metering can be tricky at times.

Arlene said...

Hi Rick,

thank you for visiting my blog.

your pictures here are timeless and they clearly show what's life out there in the past present and hopefully more to come come in the future. :)

Evan Johnson said...

That looks like a roller coaster, sounds like fun.

2sweetnsaxy said...

Great post and I love the photos. Sounds a like a great ride and I'll bet it's beautiful from beginning to end.

g said...

Wow, that's amazing. What a fun trip that would be. And the scenery is gorgeous!

mint said...

I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


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