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Mount Washington Cog Railway | Yankee Classic

Those who love the Cog — including Ellen Teague who, with her husband Arthur (no relation to Henry), managed, then owned and operated the railway from 1951 to 1983 — worry about the train’s survival. They get emotional when they talk about it. “That railroad is like a zipper in the side of Mount Washington,” says Bray. “If you take it down, the mountain is going to bleed to death in sorrow.”

Today as we reach the bottom, despite the weather, another line of passengers waits patiently to ride. Cameras flash. Children point. The train halts and we set foot on steady ground. For minutes afterwards, I feel like I am still aboard the moving train. Late in the afternoon, after the last tourist has left, after the last train has descended, a silence hangs over Marshfield Base Station. Six little engines stand steaming, their primitive souls silent except for the hiss of escaping steam. A lone figure walks down the track toward the shop, pauses, as if listening, then disappears into the dusk.

Updated Monday, April 20th, 2015

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3 Responses to Mount Washington Cog Railway | Yankee Classic

  1. rick parker August 13, 2014 at 8:02 am #

    the only time i was on this mountain was when i was a teen . me my dad and a few of his friends hiked to the top . at the mid way point we encountered a thunder and lightning storm , lightning hit the ground behind us . it sounded like a freight train when it passed us trying to find an opening to go to the earth . all you could smell was burning dirt and then it disappeared into a hole . when at the top we encountered high winds , rested up for the walk down , we took the easy way this time walking down by the road . the best part about the whole day was seeing thing you would never see before at ground level

  2. Barbra August 17, 2015 at 11:02 pm #

    Really? An article on the Cog Railway and No Pictures?

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