Steam Saturday: A Day on the Mt. Washington Cog Railway

The Mount Washington Cog railway is a fascinating operation to see, ride and photograph.

Sure, the modern biodiesels that began operation in 2008 outnumber the operating steam locomotives.

Of the eight steamers that were operational, two are still in operating condition and power two trains during the majority of the season.

The switches that required nine movements to throw a switch were replaced in the early 2000s by a still unusual automatic moving switch.  

All of the images shown here were made on Sept. 3, 1990.

In the images above, Moosilauke last operated in 2006. A major boiler overhaul was  halted in 2007,  a result of the conversion to biodiesel locomotives to power the majority of trains.

The Tip Top is pushing our coach up to the top of Mt. Washington. Two views are shown from the summit.

Nine movements of a switch were made for our train to take siding on our way down.

We went into the siding to allow No. 9 to pass on its trip up. This locomotive still operating today.

In another view we are again heading down and No. 6 is in the siding to allow us to pass. No. 6 last operated in 2010 and is stored serviceable.

Back at the base, No. 2  is preparing to depart. This locomotive is still in operation.

No. 4 is shown preparing to depart. This locomotive was retired in 2009, donated to the village of Twin Mountain, New Hampshire, in 2013 and put on display at the intersection  of U.S. Routes 3 and 302.

Another photo shows a train heading up and there are two in the photo heading up.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

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