Ya i'd be all for getting rid of the cog, the road and everything else up there, but those outfits don't pretend to be concerned with the alpine environment.
I used to despise these entities on Mt. Wash... when I was a teenager... I used to actually lead hikes up there and bad mouth the existence of them. Then I realized a few things that changed my mind.
1) History. The historic value of the road and train supersedes any negative environmental impact IMO.
2) Proximity of other amazing high peaks where one can seek an alpine/wilderness experience if so desired. If you “hate” what is on Mt. Washington climb Madison or Adams... you’ll see 5 people all day.
3) Voters. The way I see it is having a high peak like Mt. Wash so reachable by “the masses” that maybe, just maybe, makes fatty outta shape guy develop an appreciation for nature that at best, influences him to start hiking.... at worse, influences him to protect wild places... either way, I’m glad fatty got to see how beautiful some parts of New Hampshire are.