NH hiker killed in 300ft fall identified as cog railway engineer


“His passion for The Cog was evident to anyone who shared a moment or a shift with him.”

New Hampshire Fish and Game officials released the identity of a man who died Saturday after falling hundreds of feet from a peak in the c.

Joseph V. Eggleston, 53, of Randolph, New Hampshire, was a frequent hiker who was “well prepared for the trail and the weather,” officials said. Eggleston and his wife were taking pictures when she heard him scream and turned to see him fall off the Crawford Notch cliff. Members of the Mountain Rescue Service abseiled down the cliff to find Eggleston’s body about 300 feet below the summit.

Eggleston, nicknamed “Eggy” by his friends, worked as an engineer for the Mount Washington Cog Railway. His Cog colleagues paid tribute to him on Facebook on Monday morning.

“Eggy’s warm smile and passion for what he did will forever be remembered by those he touched,” trainmaster Andy Villaine said in the post. “I am honored to have shared a taxi with him. His home will always be in those mountains he loved. Gone too soon, never forgotten. This whistle will forever ring those highs for you.

The post also noted that Eggleston was living with lifelong ‘profound’ hearing loss: “[Eggy] told us “where else could a deaf man fulfill his dream of driving a steam locomotive?” His passion for The Cog was evident to anyone who shared a moment or a shift with him.

According to WMUR, Eggleston held various railroad jobs beginning in 1993. He also met his wife, Kelly, at work: “Our deepest condolences go out to his wife (and brakeman) Kelly and his friends and family. ”, the railroad wrote.

Fish and Game Lt. Bradley R. Morse said The Boston Globe that it was the first death at Mount Willard in his time at the New Hampshire department.

“It’s surprising, but accidents happen,” Morse said. “A misstep on top like that – we don’t know if he tripped or slipped – and those things happen.”


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