Mt Washington Cog Railway Steam

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Last weekend, I went to the Mt Washington Cog Railway. I used to go there alot years ago, and hadn't been in a while. I saw the General Manager who has always treated me well and was a little surprized he recognized me as we hadn't seen each other in about 3 years. He asked me if I was going up the mountain and I mentioned that I had always wanted to ride in the cab of the steam engine. They are down to one steam train per day ( the first one in the AM) and I don't think it will be much longer until the steam engines stop running there completely. When the boiler overhauls come due, that will likely be the end, I can't see them spending over $100K for something that gets used once/day.
I got my cab ride and though it was like sitting on a moving paint can shaker, I was able to get some decent shots thanks to high ISOs and higher shutter speeds.

No 9 moving up to the loading area
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No 9 Sitting waiting for the ok to leave
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Adding Fuel to the fire (burns 2000 lbs of coal on the trip up, hand shoveled)
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Engineer Ray at work
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Looking out over the tender
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The rest; http://www.pbase.com/baywing/cab_ride
 

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Thanks. The book "The Little Engine That Could" was based on these small locos. It took year 2000 technology to finally find a non-steam way to push a coach to the top.
 
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