Mount Washington Cog, Biodiesel Locomotive

Mount Washington Cog Railway - Biodiesel Locomotive on the summit of Mount Washington in the White Mountains of New Hampshire during the warm months. This is a one of a kind railroad in the world.
Biodiesel Locomotive – Mount Washington, New Hampshire
 

Mount Washington Cog Railway – Sylvester Marsh’s dream of building a railroad to the summit of Mount Washington in New Hampshire came true in 1869. Opened to the public on July 3, 1869, the Mount Washington Cog Railway is a three mile long railroad that travels to the summit of Mount Washington. Today, tourists from across the world come to New Hampshire to ride this scenic railroad.

In 2009 I made a trip to the summit of Mount Washington to photograph the Biodiesel locomotive that is now in operation on the Cog Railway. This is the Cog Railway's first Biodiesel locomotive, and it is a big step in the “Go Green” efforts. The biodiesel locomotive named “ Wajo Nanatasis “ looks similar to the steam locomotives used on the Cog Railway, only it is has a 600 horse-powered John Deere engine that burns biodiesel, which makes it environmentally friendly.

The Mount Washington Cog Railroad ascending Mount Washington during the summer months in the scenic landscape of the White Mountains, New Hampshire.
Cog Railway – Mount Washington, New Hampshire
 

Hikers will enjoy not having to deal with the bellows of black smoke. Unlike the steam locomotives that run on the Cog Railway, the biodiesel locomotive runs very clean and produces hardly, if any, smoke. And as you can see from the below image it looks like a locomotive.

Mount Washington Cog - Biodiesel Locomotive near the summit of Mount Washington in the White Mountains, New Hampshire. This is Mount Washington Cog Railway's first Biodiesel Locomotive.
Biodiesel Locomotive – Mount Washington, New Hampshire
 

Hikers will be very pleased with this smokeless locomotive; its nice to be able to enjoy the alpine environment around the Cog without getting crop dusted by the steam locomotives. The biodiesel locomotive seems to be a complete success and is another step in the right direction.

All of the above images can be licensed for publications by clicking on the image you are interested in. And you can view more images of the Mount Washington Cog Railway here.

Happy image making..


 

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Erin Paul is a professional photographer who specializes in environmental conservation and historic preservation photography in the New Hampshire White Mountains. His work is published worldwide, and credits include; Backpacker Magazine, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Appalachian Mountain Club, and The Wilderness Society.

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