Brake Free


Brake Free (1970), the third in a series of films that Carson Davidson made on railways (the others are ‘Third Avenue El’ and ‘Railway with a heart of Gold’), is staged on the Mount Washington Cog Railway (New Hampshire). Winner of the Silver Medal, Venice International Festival, and Golden Eagle CINE awards.

Railways that climb mountains are a very special breed — with a rack set between the rails for the engine to grip on to. The Mount Washington Cog Railway, in New Hampshire, was the first one in the world, and one of the very few which have never given up steam.