About The Cog RW
Mount Washington Summit
The Summit of Mount Washington is officially a NH State Park. Visitors can stroll onto the Observatory deck to enjoy panoramic views, make their way to the 1853 Tip Top House, and then on to the Summit Marker to get their photo taken at the highest peak in the Northeast.
The Sherman Adams Visitors Center houses an observatory, new weather museum, restrooms, snack bar and gift shops, including a post office where guests can get a unique Mount Washington postmark!
The numerous indoor and outdoor activities at the summit make a trip to legendary Mount Washington exciting and educational in any kind of weather. Riders of The Cog can learn all about what makes Mount Washington so special when visiting the new Mount Washington Weather Museum, where an interactive exhibit takes visitors on an exploration of the amazing extremes of winter on Mount Washington, all from the comfort of a state-of-the-art indoor space. The weather museum has a $2 entrance fee.
The 1853 hiker hostel museum, The Tip Top House, is a free admission historical site on the summit. The building is on the National Registry of Historic Places and built of three foot thick stone from the summit itself, and kept historically accurate to the same time period. Visitors can get a glimpse of what it might have been like to hike Mount Washington and seek refuge in this hostel.
Biodiesel: A green future for The Cog
As concern over the environment has increased, biodiesel has become the fuel of choice. In addition to the existing fleet of antique steam engines, The Cog now has a fleet of six biodiesel locomotives that have been completely designed and built at the railway. The many new technologies built into the biodiesel locomotives have created the opportunity to add more trains to the schedule and now approximately an hour at the summit for passengers. Whether a passenger chooses biodiesel or steam, they will enjoy the experience of a lifetime.
For folks who still want the nostalgic experience of a vintage coal-fired steam train, we run the steamer at 8:00 a.m. or 9:00 a.m throughout the season (see our schedule times). We strongly suggest you book your tickets early as this is the only steam train each day!