In 1915 Harold Herschner and family took a trip "back east". I know Arlen wouldn't forgive me if I didn't share this picture of a cog railroad. The only ones I know are Mt. Washington in NH, and Pikes Peak in CO. Any other nominations?
I remember climbing Mt. Washington in the 1980s when the cog railroad was still powered by coal. The rocks half a mile away were black with soot.
What in the heck is a "cog" railroad?
Does it have to do with that funny looking thing running down the middle of the track?
l.e. on 23rd January 2015 @ 8:00am
Wonder if this is the NH line, the rack does not look the same as I remember at Pikes Peak. I never rode Pikes Peak when it was burning coal, but at 9 mph and a 25% grade the smoke and cinders must have been a real sight.
Kenn on 23rd January 2015 @ 8:10am
Guess I should have explained. Cog railroads have a special gear mechanism to allow them to climb and descend very steep pitches where a normal locomotive would slide.
Arthur on 23rd January 2015 @ 8:11am
I.E., the notched wheel under the loco meshes with the notched rail in the center giving postiive traction.. Steel wheels on steel track slip and cannot get traction on 25% to 48% grades that cogs can handle. Normal RRs attempt to stay under 2%.
Kenn on 23rd January 2015 @ 8:16am
This is a much more powerful looking engine than the one(s) used on Mt Washington, or at least the ones that I remember. Would like to know how the drive mechanism worked for this engine. What can be seen of the drive appears to supply only reciprocating motion, as the levers the drive rods are attached to do not look like they can rotate in a full circle but just back and forth in an arc.
Are those "Real McCoy" oilers?
Longshot on 23rd January 2015 @ 8:35am
Reciprocating action is all that is needed, as on a standard loco. The cog wheel is in the center of the axle so it turns with the wheels, thus using wheel traction as well as positive cog traction.
Kenn on 23rd January 2015 @ 8:44am
Lots of knowledgeable comments about engines and railroads and Arlen hasn't even been here yet.
Charlott has not yet added anything about Harold Herschner and I have an idea she is going to know something about the Herschner family.
So, I thought I would give a link to this HR New article. It is an interesting obituary about Jerry Bell, but has some inside complimentary things to say about Harold Herschner. (Hershner)
l.e. on 23rd January 2015 @ 10:19am
This appears to be one of the retired steam locomotives from Pikes Peak:
Arthur on 23rd January 2015 @ 11:12am
Okay, Harold Hershners father was John L. Hershner. He was the minister in Hood River.
Harold's wife's name was Ann Wood and they may have had a son James, but I am not totally sure about that.
Harold initially was a cashier at the bank, but in 1956 Truman Butler sold him 1/2 interest in his insurance and real estate business.
The Hershners lived out on west Cascade.
They are both buried in Idlewilde with other relatives.
charlott on 25th January 2015 @ 8:20am
On a standard steam locomotive the lever the rods attach to is part of the wheel and the wheel is free to rotate in a full circle repeatedly. On this engine two rods appear to connect to a middle lever using separate pins thus restraining the lever from rotating more than about 120°. This would imply that there must be a hidden mechanism that changes the reciprocating motion of the rods into the circular motion of the cogs.
Would love to see a better view of the same locomotive more directly from the side.
Longshot on 25th January 2015 @ 11:55am