Frank Baiamonte’s chilling train experience

Mount Washington, Frank Baiamonte, Cog Railway, NHTo commemorate our first heat wave of the season, I thought I’d share some “cool” photos sent to us by Frank Baiamonte recently.  Frank had shared his images and experience on Mount Washington, in response to my post on that subject on May 1st.   Frank narrates:

Anyone visiting this area should really make it a point to take the Cog Railway to the top of Mount Washington. It truly is an amazing bit of engineering, and one of the most fun train rides I’ve ever taken.

Mount Washington, Frank Baiamonte, Cog Railway, NH

It was October of 2008, when we visited Mount Washington in New Hampshire. When we started out from the base station at around 11:30am I think it was in the low 40’s with a very light drizzle. At the top is was in the mid-20’s.  The cold air really makes the steam from the engine show up well.  The coal smoke is much darker, and contrasts nicely with the white steam.  The train takes a little over an hour to cover the 3 miles up to the top of Mt. Washington, and each round trip uses a ton of coal and 1,000 gallons of water. 

Mount Washington, Frank Baimonte, Cog Railway, NH

Each train consists of an engine, a tender full of coal, and a 70-passenger car.  The engine pushes the passenger car up the hill, and uses engine-compression for braking on the way back down.  Notice how on level ground the boiler looks tilted?  That’s so that it sits level during most of the trip up and down the hill.

Mount Washington, Frank Baimonte, Cog Railway, NH

Standing up in the passenger car to take this shot looking up the tracks was not easy.  As we got higher up the track the snow started to fall.  At first one of the crew just sat on the end of the car with a broom, sweeping away the snow as we moved upwards. Eventually it got thicker, and they had to get out and shovel in front of the train.

Mount Washington, Frank Baimonte, Cog Railway, NH

Yes, this is me (a native Southern Californian very much out of his element).  The snow was blowing sideways, if you look closely on the left you can just make out the train.  It wasn’t very far away at all.

Thanks Frank, my core body temp is down at least 10 degrees now.  It looks like a great trip, and I’m looking forward to taking “the Cog” one of these days… although I’m thinking July would be a good time to go!

By the way, to enjoy more of Frank’s photography, please visit his website, and don’t miss the tigers – amazing.


About Ed Spadoni "Thoughts and opinions, resources and experiences… for emerging photographers everywhere."
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10 Responses to Frank Baiamonte’s chilling train experience

  1. nutsfortreasure says:

    Reblogged this on Living and Lovin and commented:
    Oh you have to LOVE THE COG RAILROAD! When in NH you MUST GO 🙂 maybe not lol

  2. lulu says:

    Quite a different view and experience from the one I had in August when it was much warmer and greener!

  3. Clanmother says:

    “I think I can. I think I can. I think I can. I know I can.”
    ― Little Engine That Could

  4. Rodney says:

    Lovely photos Frank. I have driven to the top of Mt. Washington, but never took the Cog. Next time for sure. October sure is cold, but you get some nice colors too! September is probably the best time, if you can get to the top. Thanks for sharing

  5. LaRee says:

    Great write up Frank. Glad I caught it. I’ve been really busy but going through my hundreds of backed up emails from my absence, your name jumped out at me. I didn’t even know you were a follower of .2guys. I should have known. You have great taste. Again I enjoyed your photos and narrative here. Good work!

  6. Hi LaRee. I didn’t know you were here. I found this site recently while looking for info on the Fuji X system.

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