Mt. Washington, at 6288 feet, is the highest mountain in the East. Way back in 1869 an enterpreneur raised the money to run a steam railroad all the way to the summit. A fairly impressive feat of engineering, especially for 1869. It's still running today. The grades are so steep that they ran a rack up between the rails, and the locomotives have a big cogwheel that mates with the rack and pushes the train up the hill. Which is why we call it The Cog today.
Up until 2000, the old time fleet of tiny steam engines did the work. Then they started building smallish diesel locomotives to do most of the work. They still run steam on the first train of the day, but every thing else is pulled by the 21st century putt-putts. So we (me and youngest son) got up at 0'dark thirty this morning to catch the steam run.
It's cool. The cars are pure wood, in nice condition. Takes an hour to climb to the summit. Speed is walking pace. Weather was good, sun, and some clouds scudding over the summit. It was summer weather in the parking lot, but there was frost at the summit. Great views would open up as a cloud blew by, and fade into whiteness as the next cloud blew in.
A fun trip. A bit pricey ($69 a ticket) but worth it, just once.