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Peppersass - the 1st Mountain Climbing Cog Railway Engine in the World - Kicks Off a Three-Year, 150th Anniversary Tour in 2016


The Peppersass Cog Railway engine - the locomotive that built the world's first mountain-climbing cog railway, the Mount Washington Cog Railway (The Cog) in New Hampshire - is celebrating its 150th birthday this year.

Peppersass is leaving its home in the White Mountains of New Hampshire to tour the US and generate awareness of The Cog and its 150th anniversary in 2019. Visitors will have an opportunity to get up close to see and learn about this wondrous and historic engineering marvel.

Upcoming tour locations and dates in 2016 - visitors at each location can enter to win a family 4-pack of tickets to ride The Cog:

June: Peppersass will be part of the Everything Trains: Peppersass Comes to North Adams event at the Western Heritage Gateway State Park in North Adams, MA on June 25 and 26. This free weekend event for railroad enthusiasts will feature videos and speakers, model railroads and exhibits, and train rides. Come and learn about the building of the Hoosac Tunnel, the longest active transportation tunnel east of the Rocky Mountains, the local rail industry, and Peppersass, the engine that built the Mount Washington Cog Railway.

July: The Cog is hosting its 1st Annual Celebration of Handmade in NH Fest on July 15 and 16, and Peppersass will proudly be on display as a symbol of handcrafted technology. The Cog is partnering with premier New Hampshire organizations that promote locally made products to celebrate New Hampshire's innovation and finest handmade craft and products. There will be fine craft demonstrations and booths featuring craft made by renowned craftsmen and a variety of food, clothing, jewelry, and more for the perfect Granite State gift.

August: Peppersass will be on display at another event celebrating handcrafted excellence - the Annual League of NH Craftsmen's Fair at the Mount Sunapee Resort in Newbury, NH, running August 6-14.

Steampunk at The Cog: The Cog is running its own Steampunk event on August 20. Peppersass will be at the center of this event, which will feature characters who use modern retrofitted-technology recreated to reflect the Victorian Age. There will be vendors, presenters/lectures and a steampunk fashion show. The afternoon will also feature a Steampunk Steam Train ride to the top of Mount Washington.

September - October: Peppersass will be part of the 100th anniversary of the Steamtown National Historic Site in downtown Scranton, PA, and a special rail fan celebration on Labor Day, September 3 and 4. Steamtown, part of the National Park Service, is an industrial heritage site dedicated to steam railroad transportation and the people who made it happen. The site occupies about 40 acres of the Scranton railroad yard of the former Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, one of the earliest rail lines in northeastern Pennsylvania. Peppersass will be on display in Steamtown's museum complex through the month of October.

November - December: Peppersass will serve as an ambassador of the Granite State when it takes residence at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in Manchester, NH. Visitors coming and going will be able to see and learn about Peppersass, and its history of good old New Hampshire ingenuity.

In 2017 and 2018, Peppersass will appear at other railroad museums and historical and cultural sites across the US, culminating with a final anniversary celebration at The Cog in the summer of 2019.

PeppersassAbout Peppersass and The Cog

Nicknamed for its pepper-sauce bottle shape, the Peppersass cog engine was invented in New Hampshire by Sylvester Marsh. In 1852, after becoming lost near the summit of Mount Washington during a climb, Marsh knew that there had to be a better way for people to reach the highest mountain peak in the Northeast and immediately began developing a plan to build the world's first mountain-climbing cog railway. A conventional train could never get up Mount Washington; It would take a special type of railway to carry passengers up and back down the mountain. In 1861, Marsh was granted a patent for a steam locomotive using a cogwheel to grip a center notched rail. Marsh met resistance from state legislators, railroad officials, and friends who thought it couldn't be done. The task was not an easy one -- equipment and materials had to be hauled by oxen for 25 miles to Bretton Woods (NH), and then another six miles through thick forest to the base of Mount Washington. But on July 3, 1869, Peppersass became the first cog-driven train to climb 6,288-foot Mount Washington. Nicknamed the "Railway to the Moon", The Mount Washington Cog Railway became the proving ground for all mountain-climbing cog railways that followed. It is a National Historic Engineering Landmark and part of our American heritage.

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