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Mount Washington Cog Railway 6/22/2015 Part 2

by Chris Guenzler

We were waiting to board for our trip to the summit of Mount Washington on a very overcast morning.

The train sitting at Base Station.

The first switch here.

Passengers in our car on the first steam train of the day.

Our conductor would give us a running commentary as we climb the mountain.

The switch was thrown so we could depart Base Station bound for the summit.

We started up the mountain.

The Welcome to Base Station Elevation 2,700 feet rock.

Through the switch we go!

There is support plank 1 under the tracks; we will go by 1,200 of these.

The train crossed the Ammonoosuc River.

The grade now really started on our trip to the summit.

I love lupins.

The grade is really steep now!

A plastic moose along our route.

The train will take a slight curve to the right.

Various weather conditions on my unique trip up the mountain.

The forest is really beautiful when you can see it on this trip to the summit.

In and out of the clouds we went as the train climbed the grade.

The trees are standing straight but they do not look right because we are on a steep grade.

I was amazed that I was here on the unique railroad after all my years of riding trains.

Two views of different weather within minutes of each other on the climb to the summit.

Straight trees abound on Mount Washington.

Nearing Waumbek siding.

Approaching Waumbek siding.

The lower switch here.

The shed.

A work train at Waumbek siding.

Waumbek Tank at Elevation 3,800 feet.

Passing Waumbek siding.

Our train came to the upper switch.

It is single track all the way to the summit of Mount Washington.

The train is still climbing through the forest.

We passed the Half Way House, elevation 4,500 feet, so we were half way up to the summit of the mountain.

More views of our cloudy climb this morning.

The trees were getting shorter as we climbed ever higher.

Interesting rocks as we neared the tree line.

If we did not see the numbers along the tracks, you would never know you are climbing the grade in the clouds.

About to climb Jacob's Ladder.

The trip up Jacob's Ladder in the heavy rain clouds.

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