Our destination for the day was Sargent’s Purchase, an unincorporated place encompassing the summit of Mount Washington. To get there, we would get to travel through 3 other unincorporated places. The Marshfield Base Station is in Low and Burbank’s Grant and we would pass though Thompson & Merserve’s Purchase and Chandler’s Purchase before reaching the summit. Steve and I had booked ourselves into a photography class presented by George Mitchell through the Cog Railway. We had tickets for the 10:30 train, but I wanted to be early. The steam engine only runs once at day, generally at 9:15, and I wanted to see it. The forecast for the day wasn’t the greatest, but we dressed in layers and were prepared for the possibility of rain.
When we arrived the Waumbek engine was warming up for its ascent.
Once the Waumbek was lost in the mist, Steve and I headed back into the station for a quick breakfast before our train was to depart. The trains line up for departures on the half hour and another train had taken its place behind ours.
At 10:30, we boarded and were on our way. Because the engine pushes the coach up the mountain, we had a wonderful view through the open door…
The tracks split at the water tank allowing trains to pass each other…
The higher we climbed, the more amazing the views…
Near the summit, the fog began to limit the views. Probably a good thing since the hiker, second from the right, mooned us.
When we arrived at the summit, the steam engine was preparing for its return to the base station.
We spent the next several hours taking in all we could.
It was time for us to head back down the mountain. We overheard the brakeman telling someone that the sun was out at the base station. We were hoping this meant the views should be even better…
And, my favorite shot of the day
We stayed a while longer to explore the stream next to the tracks and were rewarded with an image of the last train of the day returning home…
It was a great way to spend the day and I got to check off 4 more unincorporated places. Thank you for coming along.