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05-03-2008, 12:35 PM
Little blurb in the Boston Globe. (http://www.boston.com/travel/explorene/specials/family/galleries/ride_the_rails?pg=2) :cool:

The railway isn't the only thing that's seriously steep, though. Check out those prices. It's a wonder they stay in business. :eek:

05-03-2008, 01:12 PM
I almost qualify for their Senior rate. Still it is expensive.

05-03-2008, 01:43 PM
My folks had five kids. At those prices it would have cost them $313 to have us all ride up. Probably why we never did, especially if the prices back in the early 70's were comparatively as steep. We practically lived at Eastern Slopes campground during those summers, but only because it was so inexpensive to camp back then. It's a shame the Cog can't find some subsidy funding so they could open it up to more families.

Bill O
05-03-2008, 02:07 PM
If you want to ride a train to the summit of Mount Washington you only have one choice.

Its a steal if you compare it to a train ride up the Jungfrau in Switzerland.

05-03-2008, 03:18 PM
All true. And I suppose there's always the Auto Road.

05-03-2008, 03:52 PM
I have never done the Auto Road. But, I did take my mother up the Cog several years ago - and she loved it! She grew up in VT and loved the outdoors. She always talked about being able to see The Big Sky! On top of Mt Washington she was in a dream come true. It was a day I will always remember being with her.

It does not matter how you get there - just enjoy the experience.


Steve M
05-03-2008, 09:34 PM
The cog railway was always for the affluent. A luxury for those who came in from the cities to be able to get to the summit.

Bill O
05-04-2008, 09:55 AM
The cog railway was always for the affluent. A luxury for those who came in from the cities to be able to get to the summit.

And for $59 its in reach of nearly everybody now. It might be going up in price, but as a fraction of total income I'm sure its getting cheaper.

Think about what it cost to travel across the ocean in 1850. For some it cost 20 years of indentured servitude. Now just about anybody can do it with no more than a few months of savings.

05-09-2008, 07:51 PM
I've taken the Auto Road once and we drove up twice, never taken the Cog. I heard that it's too loud, smokey and a long trip up.

05-15-2008, 09:17 AM
My husband and I went up the Cog Railway in late October last year. The auto road was closed by then, and the trail didn't go all the way to the summit, but it was a wonderful experience all the same. Yes, it was noisy and there was smoke (which was carried away in the wind quickly enough). But I enjoyed the chance to really observe the changes in flora and the view on the way up instead of driving myself. I didn't consider the ride too long.
As far as the price.... I was willing to pay it for such a "once in a lifetime sort of experience."
Photos from the trip:
We had a great time!!!

05-17-2008, 07:16 AM
The price wouldn't bother me, I'm just very impatient...:rolleyes:

05-17-2008, 07:27 AM
It is faster than most people walking up.

05-18-2008, 09:15 AM
The slower trip was one of the things I enjoyed..... as it allowed more time for observation along the way. I would love to hike up (although I seriously doubt that will ever happen).