HP proximity to trains

HP proximity to trains

Joined: January 23rd, 2004, 4:53 pm

June 8th, 2011, 4:55 am #1

Haven't thought about such trivial things in a long while. A cog railway goes right to the top of Mount Washington and train tracks appear less than a mile from both highpoints of Illinois & Iowa.
Taum Sauk Mtn seems to be the closest highpoint that Amtrak passes by with the train track about 3 miles away.

Any other train & hp trivia out there?
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Joined: August 2nd, 2001, 8:13 pm

June 8th, 2011, 12:39 pm #2

Not quite as close as the Amtrack rails to Taum Sauk, but you can ride Amtrack (Southwest Chief) out to Flagstaff to go climb Humphreys Peak. You can see Agassiz from the tracks (if you dodge the buildings in Flag) but Humphreys hides behind his shorter brother when you look up from the south.

When Nathan and I went out for the Konvention in '08, we rode Amtrack from Kirkwood, MO, via Kansas City out to Flagstaff. Definitely a relaxing way to get there if you can spend the time on the train. We had ridden the same route as far as Raton, NM, on our way out to Philmont in 2005, so we knew the routine and opted for the "low and slow" way as opposed to flying out.

Not a state highpoint, but one of the other well-known cog railways goes up Pikes Peak. That's a fun trip, too...
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Joined: January 23rd, 2004, 4:53 pm

June 15th, 2011, 5:44 pm #3

Haven't thought about such trivial things in a long while. A cog railway goes right to the top of Mount Washington and train tracks appear less than a mile from both highpoints of Illinois & Iowa.
Taum Sauk Mtn seems to be the closest highpoint that Amtrak passes by with the train track about 3 miles away.

Any other train & hp trivia out there?
Yep, I remember findly being able to see the San Francisco Mountains as far away as Winslow, AZ 60-70 miles away to the east
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Joined: January 24th, 2004, 8:34 pm

June 16th, 2011, 3:24 pm #4

Haven't thought about such trivial things in a long while. A cog railway goes right to the top of Mount Washington and train tracks appear less than a mile from both highpoints of Illinois & Iowa.
Taum Sauk Mtn seems to be the closest highpoint that Amtrak passes by with the train track about 3 miles away.

Any other train & hp trivia out there?
Delaware's highpoint is 5 miles from the busiest passenger train line in the North America -- Amtrak's Northeast Corridor. But you can't just hail the high speed acela from along the tracks (it would likely suck you in and kill you). The amtrak station in Wilmington is 8 miles away. That's pretty darn close for hikers. But you could save yourself three miles of walking by walking 5 miles to the Septa train station in Claymont Delaware. From there, you can take the local R2 line to Wilmington, then get on Amtrak for your interstate travels.

It's also interesting to note that the Claymont train station is right up against the Delaware River, which at that point is just an arm of the sea, with tides that track sea level. Sea level is the lowest point in Delaware. So your 5 mile hike to the train can also take you from the highest to lowest points in Delaware on foot.
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