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The Mount Washington Cog Railway Reaches Another Milestone

The Presbys and the Bedors

Since 1869, the Mount Washington Cog Railway has been delighting guests with a unique adventure to the 6,288-foot summit of Mount Washington, the Northeast's highest peak. The Cog Railway has carved its own place in history, being the First Mountain-Climbing Cog Railway in the world, invented by New Hampshire native Sylvester Marsh. This year marks another milestone in the history of The Cog. It's the 30th anniversary of ownership for two local families, the Presby and the Bedors, who have owned and maintained the "Railway to the Moon" in the same progressive fashion of their predecessor.

From the restoration of the tracks that wind more than three miles skyward to the top of Mount Washington, to construction of a new train station with museum to the development of an environmentally friendly locomotive, their efforts have been guided by Marsh's vision. The historical steam engines run on the same track as the advanced biodiesels, and all of the locomotives are maintained and engineered right at the base station's shop.

The biodiesel locomotives, whose schedules allow one hour at the summit, seem a natural progression in the timeline of the forward-thinking Cog Railway. After all, the first Cog locomotive, on display at the Cog base station, was considered modern at the time of its invention more than 140 years ago. "It is something that is modern, but will become historic," Wayne Presby says of the biodiesel locomotive additions at The Cog. If Marsh could see what Presby and Bedor have done with his railroad in the last 30 years, both men agree that he'd be pleased and impressed.

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