Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12
Results 16 to 27 of 27

Thread: Mount Washington Cog Railway running on weekends, holiday periods this winter

  1. #16
    Senior Member ChrisB's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    NH 1,000 Highest
    Posts
    1,188
    Quote Originally Posted by CaptCaper View Post
    Attachment 6527 looking good.
    Wow. Looks like two trains at the Waumbec switch and plenty of passengers. Recent?
    Nobody told me there'd be days like these
    Strange days indeed -- most peculiar, mama
    .

  2. #17
    Senior Member CaptCaper's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Location
    AHH....SKYLINE
    Posts
    599
    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisB View Post
    Wow. Looks like two trains at the Waumbec switch and plenty of passengers. Recent?
    Not sure. Must be this past fall which is only a month or so behind us. Ha. And not sure what this all has to do with hiking. But I always love a good Cog story. I love there Facebook page. Loaded with old photos that show the area and life way way back.
    Last edited by CaptCaper; 12-05-2020 at 05:16 PM.

  3. #18
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    Gorham NH
    Posts
    6,830
    The hiking aspect is that the cog has welcomed hikers to use the warming station. There are port potties and place to get out of the wind. Its not an official route to or from the summit in the winter but is frequently used. This is a potential high altitude refuge. i wonder when the first winter campers will start using it?.

  4. #19
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Location
    MWV NH
    Posts
    342
    I find that all of these matters affect the hiking community in one way or the other and appreciate the insights, current and historical. Other examples are ATV developments in the north country and the Balsams’ status.

  5. #20
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Bethlehem, NH
    Posts
    475
    Quote Originally Posted by CaptCaper View Post
    Not sure. Must be this past fall which is only a month or so behind us. Ha. And not sure what this all has to do with hiking. But I always love a good Cog story. I love there Facebook page. Loaded with old photos that show the area and life way way back.
    Here's one of my favorites for Cog pictures
    https://www.railpictures.net/showpho...0Cog%20Railway

    If you read the lengthy write up below those recent "putting away" images, it gives the flavor of some struggles for these mechanical mountain climbers.

  6. #21
    Senior Member Jazzbo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Waltham, MA Jazzbo & Marty meet Bigfoot on Kennebago Divide
    Posts
    1,169
    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew View Post
    Here's one of my favorites for Cog pictures
    https://www.railpictures.net/showpho...0Cog%20Railway

    If you read the lengthy write up below those recent "putting away" images, it gives the flavor of some struggles for these mechanical mountain climbers.
    Thanks for the link for cog pictures. I was interested to see one photo with commentary about newly completed track upgrade from 25 to 100 LB/yard rail which no doubt enables new activities such as this. I had heard of the track project but never knew it entailed such huge upgrade in track size. The 100 LB/Yard track is major improvement which no doubt increases safety and enables activities not possible before. Check out this link to Cog web page describing track upgrade project. Note size difference between the track old versus new. Not to mention much of the old track was just that "OLD" like 100 years old. Presby should be applauded for bringing the Cog into 21st Century.

    https://www.thecog.com/track-work
    On #67 of NE67
    On #100 of NEHH
    On #46 of WNH48

    An atom walked up to me and said "I think I've lost an electron"
    I said "Are you sure?"
    It reply "I'm positive."

  7. #22
    Senior Member sierra's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    New hampshire
    Posts
    2,753
    I have always love studying the mountains I spend time in. The Cog has always fascinated me and one of my favorite books is " Railway to the Moon" By Kidder. If you find the Cog interesting, its a great resource. One of the coolest things about the Cog was the use of the "Devils Shingles", basically like that wooden board with wheels mechanics use to slide under cars, but it went on the tracks. The workers used them to descend the tracks at speeds most would find hard to believe (60mph). For those that do not know, the nickname railway to the moon, came from the initial request for a permit to build the Cog. Sylvester Marsh approached the state legislature and requested a permit to build the Cog. The board laughed at the idea and its absurdity and stated, you can have a permit to "Build a railway to the Moon!!!!".

  8. #23
    Senior Member Mike P.'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    Colchester, CT
    Posts
    3,271
    Several workers died on the Slide boards also.
    Have fun & be safe
    Mike P.

  9. #24
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    Worcester, MA
    Posts
    456
    Thank you all for these wonderful links!

    While I still oppose the hotel idea, these links helped me realize the owner's investment has been more than just biodiesel trains.

    I hope that the State and local businesses (Obs, Cog, and AutoRoad) can find a path forward that works for all of them.

  10. #25
    Senior Member Jazzbo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Waltham, MA Jazzbo & Marty meet Bigfoot on Kennebago Divide
    Posts
    1,169
    Perhaps the hotel would have been more palatable had Cog forged some sort of partnership with AMC.
    On #67 of NE67
    On #100 of NEHH
    On #46 of WNH48

    An atom walked up to me and said "I think I've lost an electron"
    I said "Are you sure?"
    It reply "I'm positive."

  11. #26
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2015
    Location
    Ipswich, MA
    Posts
    707
    Quote Originally Posted by Jazzbo View Post
    Perhaps the hotel would have been more palatable had Cog forged some sort of partnership with AMC.
    There was significant backlash against the AMC for wanting to put a hut in a heavily forested area, I don't imagine there would be much appetite for something above the trees in close proximity to existing facilities.

  12. #27
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    Gorham NH
    Posts
    6,830
    The anti cog hotel group tended to be composed of the same folks who opposed the AMC Crystal Cascade proposal (hut in Crawford Notch on state land). AMC didn't want to embrace the Cog hotel but they had to be careful as they obviously have the high huts and also are a member of the Mt Washington Commission. Many of the organized opponents were guides and their clients but there also are many locals who want to protect the whites yet harbor outright distrust of AMC for various reasons that they would have to expand on.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •