Welcome to the Base Station of the World’s First Employee Database of the World’s First Mountain Climbing Railroad
A railroad 150 years old with perhaps as many as 10,000 employees in those years. This basic academic research website is designed to collect and collate names of the women and men who worked on the Mt. Washington Railway and its companion organizations (Summit house, Base Station, Marshfield) from 1866 forward.
The "Sunset Special" was the last train up the mountain. The Jitney Years project is now preparing to send the last train up the mountain before committing to a final print-out of the manuscripts. This is a "last call" for any information that should be included. Stand-by for Updates in the Pipeline! Contact Jitney Jr directly [tim(dot)lewis(at)northernvermont(dot)edu] (preferred) with any additions or corrections OR use the…
Descriptions of Manuscripts
Jitney's Operating Manual
A collection of Cog specific newspaper articles through May 2021 in two volumes. Follow the day-by-day, blow-by-blow of the World's First Mountain-Climbing Railroad as told by reporters working during the 10 ownership eras - collated, transcribed and edited by Jitney Jr.
Jitney Years Appendix
Originally part of the Operating Manual, the Appendix now stands alone with new takes on the "usual" Cog Railway topics of Peppersass & the Devil's Shingle. Learn more about that "other" Cog Railway, the "first" diesel loco proposal, struggles at the Summit (both natural & political), and members of the Cog family as artists and storytellers - serving their country - some as leaders - some as spies (?) as well as some inter-family squabbles.
Manuscript as of Feb 2021. (800 pgs. 274 MB)