National Geographic : 1937 Jul
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE Photograph by Harold Orne UP, UP, AND UP, WITH A PLUME OF SMOKE, WHILE A SAFETY DEVICE RATTLES IN YOUR EARS Passengers on the cog railway up Mount Washington find the sensation as thrilling as flying. The average grade is 25 per cent, but this trestle is a part of the steepest section (Jacob's Ladder) where it exceeds 36 per cent. It is only three miles from the Base Station to the summit (page 99), but the trip takes an hour and ten minutes. Twice the hard-working engine stops for water, and passengers, alighting, enjoy spectacular views of the jumble of White Mountain peaks and ridges and the quiet, hotel-flecked valleys.