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Celebrating the History and Innovation of the Mount Washington Cog Railway
MARSHFIELD STATION, NH - The Mount Washington Cog Railway, the first mountain climbing cog railway in the world, will be celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2019. Starting this summer, The Cog will kick off a three-year program of special events, including a US tour of The Cog's original Old Peppersass engine (which is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year) culminating with a public anniversary bash in the summer of 2019. Considered a must-do for visitors to New England, The Cog has been bringing passengers to top of the highest peak in the Northeast since 1869.
Upon their arrival to Marshfield Base Station, which is at 2,700 ft in elevation, visitors can grab a bite to eat, peruse the gift shop, visit the open admission Cog Railway museum or watch the trains arrive and depart at the platforms while enjoying the view of Mount Washington and the valley below.
The Cog Railway provides a sense of adventure and history as it makes the spectacular climb up a 3-mile-long trestle to the 6,288-foot summit of Mount Washington. No matter the weather, sun, rain or snow, this a once-in-a-lifetime experience is available May through December.
Passengers may choose to ride The Cog in a historic coach powered by a vintage coal-fired steam locomotive or the more modern and eco-friendly biodiesel engines. Guests are encouraged to ask questions and take photos of passing trains as a lively and informative guided tour of the history of the railway and facts about the unique climate and geography of Mount Washington accompanies the ride.
At the summit, there is approximately one hour to explore, take in the spectacular panoramic views, and visit the historic 1853 Tip Top House and the summit marker. A complimentary pass to the Mount Washington Observatory Museum located in the Sherman Adams Summit Building is included with the purchase of a Cog ticket. Here visitors can learn about the record-breaking weather that has made Mount Washington one of the most visited places in the world.
Whether examining the history and memorabilia of The Cog at Marshfield Station, where Old Peppersass (nicknamed for its pepper-sauce bottle shape) engine is on display, or exploring the fascinating weather and ecosystem of the mountain at the summit's Mount Washington Observatory, visitors will find plenty to thrill and entertain at the Mount Washington Cog Railway.