The Coal fired boilers on the locomotives were a joy to watch from a distance, but they were just what we don't need when folks need to be educated about 'clean coal'. It must have been 'bit', because anthracite couldn't be that nasty!!! The car the locomotive pulled was covered in soot, the young guys stokin' the beast were covered AND it wasn't fun to shovel your butt off feeding that boiler. The 'half way up stop' for the necessary water replenishment gave a moment to reflect on the the beauty of the area. The REALLY cool stories of workers riding down the cog rails on little sleds like a luge were the stuff of legends! Imagine free wheeling down a slope in a couple minutes that took an hour to climb in a choo-choo.
Certain 'other parts of the body' must have had dominance over brain function!!!!!! That was stopped years ago when the inevitable happened......but what a rush. Evil K would not have tried what these guys did daily(in season, when the boss was looking the other way).
No one mentioned that it is MUCH cooler up top, so bring appropriate clothes if on the 'Cog ride' or on the Auto Road '.
By the way, you can take a 'van ride' up to the top in safety from the North Conway side. The drivers narrate sometimes and make the trip enjoyable while you look out at breathtaking cliffs and views. No, it's not Colorado or the Blue Ridge Mts., but darned impressive for this part of the NE.
Most of you probably know that the highest wind speed ever recorded occurred on "The Rock" on April 12, 1934.
234 MPH would be a bad draft day....or an extremely good one.....http://www.mountwashington.org/about/vi ... rdwind.php
There is a cool visitors center at the top, (and gift shop) weather memorabilia, and the National WX Service Station, too.
Twice that I've been up in recent years there were hang gliders taking off from the sheer rock faces in route to a landing in the Auto Road parking lot. BOLD colors against the gray rock, plus the view over at the ocean near Portland,Me.
Back on the western side at the base off I-93, don't miss a cool refreshing walk along the Flume Gorge, but be in fairly good shape to walk the entire park. We love visitors here and have lots to offer....for a small state!
Be advised however, that visibility is always a concern at MT. Washington, so check wx forecasts and visibility reports before riding the rails, walking or driving to the summit. PS: the walk to the top is about 3.5 hrs AND about 3600 calories. Good cardio!! (and you can take the Cog Rail car down because your legs have 'turned to rubber').
One of our members is VERY familiar with the MT and the Cog...look for the avitar with the Cog Pic.