Al's Photography Blog

Al's Photography Blog
Folly Beach, South Carolina

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Cog Railway Train

Here is the train that took us up Pikes Peak, parked at the base station at an elevation of approximately 6,600 feet (2,012 meters) above sea level.
After climbing to the top of the mountain at an elevation of 14,115 feet (4,302 meters) it didn't even look tired!
To climb all the steep grades (averaging 16%, steeper in places), it uses a cog system. The cogs in the train fit into the center cog rail, providing the needed traction.
I'm very glad the engineer knew how to park at the top - he stopped our train just in time!
This is what's beyond that buffer.
And here's one final look at our train and that end-of-line buffer.
I'll have more posts from this scenic railway soon. This series is for Our World Tuesday.

20 comments:

  1. Most interesting. I posted a photo of Pikes Peak on my blog today. Ah, great minds... I can't breath up there. No oxygen, or way too little.

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  2. Fabulous, times 14,115! Thanks!

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  3. Superb captures and beautiful views, Al!! Thanks so much for sharing these!! Enjoy your Labor Day!!!

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  4. OMG it is more than scary! There is no room for any mistake at all. And your shots are spectacularly awesome, and the angles are so lovely.

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  5. What a journey up that slope. Pleased to see those cogs look in good order.

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  6. love the color of the train! however, I don't think my stomach could stand the height of Pikes Peak.

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  7. What a lovely splash of colour!

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  8. Great post, Al and wonderful and colorful photography ~ glad you had fun! ~ Happy Week to you!

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

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  9. Wow that is way up there! Great photos!

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  10. Good the driver is expert to stop in time. Great photos. The look down is chilling!

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  11. Hi Al

    We've yet to make it up to the top of Pike's Peak. We did drive up to Mt. Evans thsi summer which is also a 14'er.
    Thanks for your note about my blog --I did a virus check and nothing came up --could it be a BlogHer ad was trying to install a cookie? I don't have any control over those ads. No one has told me they were having any trouble beside you. I'm so sorry and I hope it does not happen again!

    I'm off to see your others posts about Pike's Peak!

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  12. Great shots of the mountain railway! The train looks newer than when we rode up in the 80's. (I also drove up once). Love the views at 14,000 feet.

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  13. Cool. Looks like another amazing adventure. I cannot wait to see more of it.

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  14. I've only seen Pike's Peak from a distance, and I knew about the train (a beautiful one, by the way) - I wonder if it's not a poplar mountain to climb - or is it too treacherous?

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  15. Wow, great views, looks like you had fun! I would love to hike Pikes Peak.

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  16. Beautiful photos, but there's something rather gut-wrenching about imagining the journey! I'd keep wondering if gravity was feeling particularly assertive that day!
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  17. Great photos! Wish we could have made it to Pikes Peak on the trip, but it just seemed like the elevation would be too rough on my hubby. Looks like such fun!

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  18. Oh my.. there it is! That train is beautiful! So is the stunning scenery! :)

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