• Pertaining to all railroading subjects, past and present, in New England
Pertaining to all railroading subjects, past and present, in New England

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  by jrheavymetal
Hello, I'm new to the site. I'm not certain where to put this information up, so if its in the wrong section,you can mov it. Anyways, I want toexplain what I have done. I went and retraced most of the exact route that the Green Mountain railroad took up the side of Green Mountain (now Cadillac Moutain). The Green Mountain railrad was a cog operatd steam poweed train that took passengers p Green Muntain in te 1880's. There was also a toll road run by a local family that carried people up the mountain on buckboards. At one point, to gain the customers of the buckboard company, the people who ran the cog railroad blew p a section of the toll road to shut it down for a time.
The train company aventually went banrupte and the engine was sold and taken to NH, where it is still in use. The spikes and rails were sold for scrap, but because the spikes were so embedded into granite, most of them were left in place, where they remain today. I shot the photosand put the video together t educate the public about the railroad and how the little that remains of it is sitting on the mountain side, rusting away. As the video shows, there is just one piece of remaining rai that exisits today, all the other rails were melted down. Itis my hope that someone will see the video and a movement will begin to force the National Park Service to take action and preserve what little remains, for future generations. Again, the photos follow the exact route the cog train took.

  by CarterB
"From 1883 until 1893 the Green Mountain Cog Railway ran to the summit to take visitors to the Green Mountain Hotel on the summit. The hotel was burned down in 1895. Also in 1895, the cog train was sold to the Mount Washington Cog Railway in New Hampshire."

Some more history and loco photos: http://train.spottingworld.com/Green_Mo ... og_Railway

Some more historic info and photos on the Green Mountain Railroad:


A book about it: http://www.worldcat.org/isbn/0966483111

An 1883 NYT article about it:
http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-fr ... 94629FD7CF

Topo map of the area today:
http://mapper1.acme.com/save.cgi?lat=44 ... =2&dot=Yes
1904 Topo map (doesn't show the very short lived cog rwy) even by then: http://historical.mytopo.com/getImage.a ... g&state=ME
Dave Rumsey Collection 1885 map showing the cog railway: http://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet ... mi=1&trs=2

View from atop Cadillac (Green) Mountain: http://www.nathanielbrooks.com/images/Cadillac.jpg
  by jrheavymetal
I like the topo map, nice. I live not far from where the train ran. The video I did retraced the path the train took. It is clear by the old photos that the site is very much overgrown in several places. We had a hard time in places locating the spikes that stiull stick up out of the granite.