We took a road trip to the Cog last week. I have wanted for many years to take the train up the mountain. Finally, we just went and did it. The temp was 75 at the base station and about 53at the summit. View from the base station looking up the first slope. Our destination is the peak at the right. View from inside the passenger car looking up the first slope. A shot of the pretty good sized trees at the lower part of the track. This pic gives an idea of the angle. View looking downhill towards the water tank. The tank is fed from springs on the mountain and is used by the steam engines. They use about 1000 gallons of water per trip and 1 ton of coal. The bio-diesel engines use less about 12 gallons of fuel round trip. The trees are a lot shorter at this altitude. Steepest grade of the trip. The trees are really stunted. It was hard to get a level picture trying to stand upright, and the car being on an angle. Nearing the summit. Stone cairns marking the trail. Not a tree in sight. The Tip Top house. This is an idea of the slope going downhill at Jacob's ladder. These people were standing upright. The weather was partly cloudy with a haze in the distance. The summit clouded in after we left and visibility was no more than a few hundred feet. It was a great trip and I would really recommend it. The brakemen told stories and the history of the railway to make it an excellent experience.