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Raymond, New Hampshire
July 13, 2011
August 31, 2003
The Mount Washington engines have been climbing the mountain since July 3, 1869! When you think about it, that's a long time! The track runs along a steep, 3.1-mile-long trestle! The maximum gradient is over 37%, making it the second steepest mountain-climbing train in the world! The first is the Pilatus Bahn in Switzerland. The Cog Railway is the only railroad on Earth whose entire run is built on a trestle! The Mount Washington Cog Railway takes visitors young and old on a timeless adventure to the summit of the 6,288-foot mountain, "home of the world's worst weather."
All in a Day's Work
There are six engines, well, seven (respectively) that run for a fraction of the season up and down this 3.1-mile track. During a typical trip to the summit, 1 ton of coal and 1000 gallons of water are consumed! The round trip from base to summit and back takes around 3 hours, which includes a 20-minute (VERY SHORT) stay at the top. The first long hill seems to look more like a roller coaster as you approach. Also, you can begin to see the trees change as the train ascends the lengthy grade. Each train stops at the Waumbek Tank en route to the summit to fill up on water needed to complete the ascent. This switch (1/3 of the way up), Skyline Switch (2/3 of the way up), and the switch at the base station make it possible for all seven engines to be running at once! This really is a feat in itself! The "little red hut," or "halfway house," stands at 4500 feet in elevation, 1.5 miles from the base station. When passing it, the gradient gives a strong illusion that the building is severely tilted! Jacob's Ladder is the steepest part of the ascent. The 25-foot-high trestle has a maximum gradient of 37.41%! This makes the Cog Railway the second steepest mountain climbing train on Earth! Going up Jacob's Ladder in the passenger coach, the people in the front are 14 feet higher than the people in the rear! On the way to the top, a white wooden sign and a pile of rocks mark the spot of the second recorded death on Mt. Washington: that of Lizzie Bourne of Kennebunk, Maine on September 14, 1855. The complete trip is just over 3 miles long (one way) and gains an altitude of about 3600 feet! After a 90-minute climb to the top, the crew has 20 minutes to prepare the engine for the passengers' 1-hour descent. Going on the Cog is truly an amazing experience. The staff is extremely friendly and very informative on what everything is and how everything works! If you enjoy trains, or even if you don't, you will definitely enjoy Mt. Washington’s Cog Railway!
From journal Waterville Valley & Mt. Washington Adventures