Mt. Washington Cog Railway

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First in the World - New England’s Mount Washington Cog Railway
The Mount Washington Cog Railway is the first mountain-climbing cog railway in the world and the only cog railway east of the Rocky Mountains. The Cog is in Bretton Woods village, the popular destination of the White Mountains of New Hampshire. In operation since 1869, The Cog has a long past of innovation and was designated as a National Historic Engineering Landmark in 1976.
Privately owned for the last thirty-five years, the Cog has remained a key icon of New Hampshire’s heritage and has maintained its historic roots by allowing passengers to take the three-hour round trip riding in a historically inspired coach powered by a 1908 vintage coal-fired steam locomotive. Trips with modern, eco-friendly biodiesel engines built on-site are available.

As the train reaches the summit, the Sherman Adams Visitors Center comes into view. This hearty mountain-top facility houses a winter weather exhibit, cafeteria, gift shop and restrooms. Visitors take in the spectacular panoramic view on the deck, spanning the peaks above the clouds and the mountains and valleys all the way from the Atlantic Ocean to Canada.

Before or after their trip up the rails, guests can take in the authentic atmosphere at Marshfield Base Station. Many choose to enjoy lunch while watching the train operations indoors or out. The new Cog Railway Museum tells visitors the fascinating story of how the railway came to be and offers media presentations and interactive exhibits.

The Mount Washington Cog Railway experience is a must-do New England adventure. Open May through November, The Cog Railway is located at 3168 Base Road, Marshfield Station, NH just six miles from historic Bretton Woods and Rte. 302, 3 hours North of Boston and 6 hours north of NYC. Call 603.278.5404 or visit for deals and rates, information and train schedules.

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