Photo by Salt Water New England

Monday, July 6, 2020

The Mount Washington Cog Railway, New Hampshire

Photos by My Father














11 comments:

  1. One of our more surreal moments was upon hiking up through Tucks and as we approached the upper part of the mountain, hearing car doors slam. Then came the screech of the steam whistle from the cog railway.

    We emerged into one of the (full) parking lots for the "stage road" and marched into the summit house, sweaty and filthy and clomping in our Limmers, having earned our trip up.

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    1. Our parents REALLY would have earned their trip up - If they managed to drag 4 kids, all under 10 years of age, to the top of New England on foot back in the day! We rode the rails.

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    2. Arriving in the parking lot to the throngs in capris and flip flops is the best part of the climb!

      Once, skiing in the snow fields very late in the season, we thought the smoke from the cog was our car on fire.

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  2. Love the old black and white photos-really shows the detail! Although we visited my Aunt, Uncle and cousins at their home on Lake Winnipesaukee almost every summer throughout my childhood, I was an adult when I rode the Cog Railway. My late Uncle insisted that the railway, the Old Man in the Mountain (before he lost face!), and the Flume at Franconia Notch were part of the experience and I needed to visit all of them at least once! That was one of my last great memories with them.

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  3. We used to love climbing Mt Washington in the 1960s and 70s. When you reached the summit you suddenly smelled that unique smell of the cog railway. I could almost smell it again looking at the great photographs. Thanks.

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    1. Could the smell have been the smoke and soot from burning coal? Nothing else like it. When I was a child all the houses in the neighborhood had coal fired furnaces and stoves. All gone, but even now a whiff of a coal bin or coal smoke immediately takes me right back.

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  4. Rode it in the Fall, up into 30' of visibility. But most of the trip was clear, and it wonderful to climb through the "zones" of vegetation, from dense forest to sere and rare scrub. Our mountains in NC are a tad higher, but only Mt. Mitchell has any area above the timberline.

    NCJack

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  5. As someone who has never been on the cog railway, I cannot relate to the smell but I have been a smoker and I can relate to the young man having a smoke - I love it, I love it, I love it...no, I don’t love it but just thinking about it brings back memories of some pretty fantastic times in my life. Yes, I know I smelled and sometimes offended non-smokers but ....

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  6. Just wonderful! Thank you so very much.

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  7. Robert ReichardtJuly 7, 2020 at 9:31 AM

    Andy Warhol before his fifteen minutes?

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    1. Thankful that someone else thought the same thing!

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