Quiet morning, with laundry duties before our main event for the day, Mount Washington Cog Railway (lots and lots of photos, sorry but it was really cool). So, after breakfast we packed up a couple of bags of clothes that needed washing and drove to town.
Here was Di checking out the spin perhaps...
Hans took a wander along Main Street just to kill some time and take some photos. This Lincoln logo was painted across one of the side streets to Main Street.
Main Street and bikers in a seemingly never ending succession. We found out the Laconia Bike Week is a huge event - runs for 9 days and it first started as a bike tour back in 1923. Laconia is about an hour south of where we are staying in Lincoln, NH and one of our biker neighbors said it can be a mad-house during bike week. That might explain why many of the bikers stay in the surrounding areas.
We returned back at the cabin around 10.30am with 1.5 hrs to "kill" before we need to drive to the base station where we would catch the Mount Washington Cog Railway.
Coffee and cookies by the brook seemed like a good idea, very relaxing.
We drove about 50 minutes north east to a place called Coos where the Marshfield Base Station is located for the Cog Railway. We got our tickets and as we had some spare time, we checked out their museum.
This old metallic sign was on display and it seemed like an appropriate photo to start this section of the blog.
Marshfield Base Station is located 2700 feet above sea level and the summit at Mount Washington State Park is located 6288 feet above sea level. In the museum, they showed this "Devil's Shingle" that was used by workers in the olden days to descend from summit to base on average within 10 minutes, and some in 3 minutes. Hmm...3 miles in 3 minutes equals 60mph or 100km/hr sitting on a wooden board sliding down the track.
The record is 2 minutes 45 seconds. Yep, the "Devil's Shingle" was eventually banned after a fatal accident.
Look out, a train is coming down the hill...
Yep, it is the train from the earlier 10.30am tour that is returning with ours to leave at 1.30pm, so there was Di queueing for us to get good seats.
While we were waiting we thought it was a good time to take the obligatory self portrait...
All aboard! And we were on our way. This is the "flat" section at the start of the track.
Everyone looking relaxed as we head off.
Our Brakeman, Jim, doesn't have much to do on the way up but provide some commentary on the history and facts of the railway. The track still averages 25 degrees in steepness...
The track gets steeper as it runs up the eastern side of Mount Washington in pretty much a straight line. Where the track disappears in this photo is where we make a gradual right hand turn and up the final ridge to the top.
It's hard to show how we are all sitting on an angle but the way Jim, our Brakeman described it is that in the length of this carriage the front is 14 feet (4 metres) higher than the end of the carriage. Something to think about...
Di was experimenting by taking photos of the crowd... Say no more...
The steepest section of the track is more than 37 degrees and is called Jacob's Ladder - it can be seen near the top of this photo just below the "no tree line" where the track is on a raised trestle and takes a bend to the right and straightens out again.
You can also see the water tower below which is still in use to provide water for the steam train that is occasionally also used.
Not the steepest section but this really showed us the angle - the building is of course leveled.
This is not a tilted camera - just looking out of our carriage.
We were invited to try standing up and not holding onto anything with our hands whilst going over Jacob's Ladder. Look no hands but not easy.
Hans tried the same when we were heading back downhill. Weird sensation.
The Appalachian Trail (the good ol' AT) crosses the railway track near the top ridge of Mount Washington. The AT white markers can't be blazed on trees here as there are none to be found, so the trail maintainers built rock cairns and put white blazes on these.
Not sure that it would do any good looking for them in heavy cloud or rain or even snow.
Near the top of Mount Washington and we start to see evidence of the visitors centre and weather station equipment.
The highest peak in north eastern America.
The first hiking trails up on Mount Washington started in 1820, and by 1850 they started building lodges and guest houses. This is a replica of one of the earliest - the Tip Top House. It is acknowledged as a lodge that has saved many a hiker from hypothermia.
The bunk beds were not inviting. And for short-ars.s only...
On the way down we sit bumper to bumper against the engine which does all the braking. Our Brakeman watches closely and has emergency back up and manual brakes just in case. Of course, he also has his trainee there to the right.
Hans orders a burger and fries and Di orders an appetizer Nachos (maybe followed by dessert...)
They must be joking... Thankfully no main meal ordered and forget the dessert!
We are back at our cabin around 6pm to do some prep for tomorrow's big hike and also relax. Good night.