Jul 102019
 
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New Hampshire’s Mount Washington Cog Railway just celebrated 150 years of doing the impossible on July 3rd of this year. That marks the date that, 150 years ago, cog steam engines successfully reached the summit of Mount Washington, becoming the first mountain-climbing railway in the world.  Here we are 150 years later, still being able to take the cog up the mountain!

If you're in northern New Hampshire and you're looking for a fun and unique experience, the Mount Washington Cog Railway is definitley it!

The train leaves from the Marshfield Base Station where you’ll find a free Cog Railway Museum, a gift shop, the the Peppersass Bar & Restaurant and restrooms.  Head downstairs to board on the platform (A, B or C) that’s printed on your tickets.PRO TIP:  Use the bathroom at the base station before boarding the train up because there are no restrooms on the train.  There are a few up at the summit, though, so make sure you use those before you board to come back down.

If you're in northern New Hampshire and you're looking for a fun and unique experience, the Mount Washington Cog Railway is definitley it!

The Mount Washington Cog Railway

On the scenic ride to the summit of Mount Washington, there is a guide who will tell you about the sites along the way as well as interesting information about the Cog. Each ride (up and back down lasts about an hour), but it doesn’t feel like it AT ALL because there is so much to see along the way.

If you're in northern New Hampshire and you're looking for a fun and unique experience, the Mount Washington Cog Railway is definitley it!

Seriously, you can’t beat the views on the way up:

If you're in northern New Hampshire and you're looking for a fun and unique experience, the Mount Washington Cog Railway is definitley it!

If you're in northern New Hampshire and you're looking for a fun and unique experience, the Mount Washington Cog Railway is definitley it!

If you're in northern New Hampshire and you're looking for a fun and unique experience, the Mount Washington Cog Railway is definitley it!

Once you get to the summit, you’ll have about an hour to explore. You’ll get to enjoy a 360° panoramic view of five US states, Canada and the Atlantic Ocean from the summit. The Sherman Adams Visitor Center is up at the top of Mount Washington and don’t worry there are restrooms, a gift shop and a small snack shop inside there. There is also an awesome observation deck on top, and that’s where you’ll have the best views.

If you're in northern New Hampshire and you're looking for a fun and unique experience, the Mount Washington Cog Railway is definitley it!

If you're in northern New Hampshire and you're looking for a fun and unique experience, the Mount Washington Cog Railway is definitley it!

The Mount Washington Cog Railway, also known as the Cog, is the world’s first mountain-climbing cog railway (rack-and-pinion railway). In the late 1850s, Sylvester Marsh had the idea to build a railroad to the top of New Hampshire’s Mount Washington, the tallest mountain in New England. At the time Mount Washington had become famous around the world, depicted in paintings. Marsh’s idea was a stretch for the technology of the period, and was met with ridicule and disbelief from state legislators and railroad officials. New Hampshire native, Marsh thought to build the railway after being lost near the summit of Mt. Washington. He worked to give people an easier way to visit the summit of Mt. Washington.

If you're in northern New Hampshire and you're looking for a fun and unique experience, the Mount Washington Cog Railway is definitley it!

If you're in northern New Hampshire and you're looking for a fun and unique experience, the Mount Washington Cog Railway is definitley it!

If you're in northern New Hampshire and you're looking for a fun and unique experience, the Mount Washington Cog Railway is definitley it!

On July 3rd, 1869, the Mount Washington Railway officially opened to the public and it was one of the greatest engineering feats of the century. For reference, this was just under two years after the opening of first transcontinental railroad in America and President Ulysses S. Grant actually rode on the Cog Railway later that summer.

If you're in northern New Hampshire and you're looking for a fun and unique experience, the Mount Washington Cog Railway is definitley it!

PRO TIP #2: Bring a sweatshirt with you when you go to the top of Mount Washington. It was 47 degrees up there on the day we went, but 88 degrees back down on the ground.

If you're in northern New Hampshire and you're looking for a fun and unique experience, the Mount Washington Cog Railway is definitley it!

If you're in northern New Hampshire and you're looking for a fun and unique experience, the Mount Washington Cog Railway is definitley it!

Speaking of being back down on the ground, we happened to experience the Cog Railway on the 3rd, which was their actual 150th anniversary, so we got to check out the day-long celebration at the Base Station. They had BBQ off the truck from Smokin’ T’s of Lancaster, NH, and birthday cupcakes by Love At First Bite Bakery of Whitefield, NH. Plus there were Victorian lawn games and a live acoustic guitar performance. It was a really nice little “birthday” party.

If you're in northern New Hampshire and you're looking for a fun and unique experience, the Mount Washington Cog Railway is definitley it!

The Cog runs trains up to the summit (and back down of course) several times a day all summer long.  For more information about The Cog Railway or the full schedule, please visit thecog.com or call 603.278.5404. The Mount Washington Cog Railway is located on Base Station Road, at Marshfield Station, 6 miles from Bretton Woods NH and Rte 302 (but note that it’s not in your GPS so follow the directions they have on their website to get there). Booking in advance is advised and note that there are special fares for children and seniors.

If you’re in northern New Hampshire and you’re looking for a unique experience, the Mount Washington Cog Railway is definitely something you should add to your list. My family had the absolute best time and I know yours will, too.


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  34 Responses to “Mount Washington Cog Railway”

  1. What a cool experience! Happy Anniversary, Mount Washington Cog Railway!

  2. So cool! I just LOVE history, and so do my kids, so we’d be all about this. Plus the views are amazing.

  3. ok this is awesome! my BIL is a huge history buff so this would be perfect for him and my sister to visit together- and those views! wow!

  4. I love that you can see views of five states on the train. These would be a fun train to take a ride on.

  5. I just booked a train ride for my family. It is an old cog railway as well. I’m so excited to make some fun memories with my kids!

  6. This looks like it would be perfect for my family. The views are stunning!

  7. I love trains, and love to take rides on them. I really want to experience this with my family!

  8. This is such a cool experience! My son would be all about this, as would my husband! I’m adding this to our family vacation bucket list.

  9. I would love to go to New Hampshire and see this gorgeous view. The cog railway would be the perfect way to enjoy the view.

  10. What a cool experience! Also great tip on bringing a jacket, that is a huge temperature difference from the top to the bottom.

  11. I rode that train when I was a teenager with my parents and sisters. I’d love to ride it again with my kids!

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  13. It’s so cool to know more about our history! Thanks for sharing it with us!

  14. It’s sure to be something incredible to celebrate. I can imagine how difficult it was back then when they are still making it. What a precious teasure.

  15. Wow! That is such a fun way to enjoy the view!! I wish I could try that soon!

  16. Such a breathtaking view! I am so amazed at this place, looks it was a lot of fun.

  17. This looks like a great adventure! We have been on the Tittusville railroad here in PA a few times, but there are no fun stops like this one! Just one at the end where it turns around and heads back.

  18. This looks absolutely fantastic! I have a friend whose son would be really thrilled to see all of this – gotta tell her about it.

  19. This is so cool! I’m keeping this because I smell a surprise trip for hubby & grandson! They would love this and Happy Anniversary to them!

  20. That sounds like a fun place for the whole family. I love all of the sights and rich history there is to learn. We may have to plan a trip out that way someday. I think we would love it!

  21. I think that this would be a fun adventure to do with our kids. They are the right age to find it interesting.

  22. I love train trips or any trips that allow me to explore and learn more history of local places. Looks FAB!

  23. This looks so neat! I have never been on a train, but this is one I could see riding!

  24. Looks like you all had a blast. We have something like that here in the city too but we haven’t tried it yet. Soon, I hope.

  25. We drove through NH once but I’d love to visit this place the next time we’re in this area. Those are beautiful pictures!!

  26. What a cool adventure! I have always wanted to take a trip by train!

  27. Wow! This is really great. I love history. Hope I could go here and visit! Thank you for sharing.

  28. What a fun family experience. This would definitely make for a memorable summer!

  29. This is so nice! I would love to take my grandchildren there. The views are fantastic! This is such a fun family trip we would all enjoy!

  30. Trains are always a hit with the kids (and the kids at heart) in my family. This would be such a fun experience, watching the little engines that could climb up the mountain.

  31. Wow, looks like an amazing trip! I’ll have to check this out!

  32. This is such a great experience for the boys to enjoy. Love moments like this with the kids.

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  34. That sounds like a fun place for the whole family. I love all of the sights and rich history there is to learn. We may have to plan a trip out that way someday. I think we would love it!