The Mountain Climbing Steam Train (The Story of the Cog Railway)
Cog railways have been constructed in mountainous areas or mining operations. Cog railways, also called rack railways, were built to climb mountains using a unique toothed rack rail. The Mount Washington Cog Railway in New Hampshire was the first use of this technology in the United States. There are also currently about 50 rack railways throughout the world. The Mount Washington Railway Company or, more familiarly, the Cog Railway, or simply “the Cog,” was chartered by the New Hampshire State Legislature in 1858. Thankfully these railroads are now historical landmarks.
00:40 Where was the first rack railway?
04:38 When The Mount Washington railway opened to the public
07:23 Why Jacob’s Ladder is the steepest rail component,
09:52 Creation of a second cog train in the united states Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway.
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