Soon after leaving the base the air becomes colder, then colder still as the trains ascend. Soon the August of the valleys changes to the November of the heights. It may be stated here that all the frost pictures shown among these views were taken during the month of September, 1895. This water station of the Mt. Washington Railway is called the "Gulf Tank"; it is situated one mile below the summit, in which mile there is but 800 feet rise, the steepest part of the ascent having been accomplished. There is always frost about the Gulf Tank even while below, at Fabyans, guests may be luxuriating in linens. It is above the line of vegetation and nothing is to be seen save gray and frost. splintered rocks, with dull mosses and a hardy Alpine flower called sandwort, much resembling the innocence of the valleys.

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