Mount Washington: Cog Railway

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MoMof4 on February 10, 2008

The Mount Washington Cog Railway was the world's first mountain-climbing cog railway (rack-and-pinion railway) with a Marsh rack system. It climbs Mount Washington in New Hampshire, USA. The railway ascends the mountain beginning at an elevation of approximately 2,700 feet (820 m) above sea level and ending at the summit of Mt. Washington at an elevation of 6,288 feet (1,917 m). It is the second steepest rack railway in the world[1] with an average grade of over 25% and a maximum grade of 37.41%. The railway is still in operation as of 2007, using steam locomotives as it always has (most dating to the 19th century, though an experimental diesel was used between 1976 and 1981). The train ascends the mountain at 2.8 miles per hour (4.5 km/h) and descends at 4.6 mph (7.4 km/h). It takes approximately 65 minutes to ascend and 40 minutes to descend. The railway is approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) long.

Emszt Mihály on February 15, 2008

Nagyon tetszik,kár, hogy nem tudok angolul

MoMof4 on February 16, 2008

Fogas vasut. " hegymaszo vonat". A 2. legmeredekebb a vilagon (25% altalaban, de pont ezen a helyen 37.41%. 4.8 km hosszu. Felfele 4.5 km/ora-val le 7.4-el megy fel/le 1917 meter magasra. Gozmozdony huzza.

En meg mar magyarul nem tudok!

MoMof4 on February 16, 2008

Bocs, nem itt a legmeredekebb, hanem arrafele ahol a viadukt van a masik kepen. A mozdonyokrol is van fenn foto. Erdekes elmeny a csaknem 40 fokos emelkedon a vonatban fel le setalgatni!

Emszt Mihály on February 16, 2008

köszike, aki + sokat serénykedik, ne csodálkozzon haogy valamit elfelejt:)

Mindenesetre érdekes látvány:)

© MİNE SAGUNER on February 22, 2009

Interesting shot !!!

MoMof4 on February 22, 2009

Thanks Mine! Did you read few comment before that It is the second steepest rack railway in the world with an average grade of over 25% and a maximum grade of 37.41%? This is not even the steepest part, just the beginning!

Cheers, Barbara

Tivadar Preisz on July 31, 2011

Hi, szia!Hello, MoMof4 :))!

Very nice photo,congratulations

Like 2 ☜ ☟! *

-------------Üdv: Tiv@d@r = Theodor

Landry Lachèvre on December 1, 2011

Belle photo !


Merci pour votre photographie dans le groupe Transport Public

Amitié de Rouen en France,


PhotoCaptureLB on January 18, 2012

•.•☼ Beautiful Photo ☆´`¸. ´ Greetings from Italy :)

waynebrink on August 16, 2013

Actually, I should say that the new engines (2013) are biodiesel powered rather than petroleum diesel.

waynebrink on August 16, 2013

This comment may seem out of chronological order. Great photos on your site! Thanks for sharing. The cog railway is still running in 2013, with new, biofuel-powered engines. Gone are the streams of smoke and hiss of steam, but the engines don't sound like diesel or gas engines either. Instead, they sound almost like compressed air, or even a bit like jet engines. Nothing nostalgic about that! But they are brightly colored and still exciting to watch.

waynebrink on August 28, 2013

I have to correct myself. Steam locomotives do still climb the mountain, but the biodiesel engines do much of the work now.

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    by MoMof4
    • Camera: Panasonic PV-GS120
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