The Mount Washington Cog Railway, the first mountain–climbing cog railway in the world and the only cog railway still in operation in the United States, is celebrating 150 years of business in 2019. The Cog is located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, 6 miles from the grand Mount Washington Hotel.
The Cog has remained an icon of New Hampshire’s heritage and has maintained its historic roots by allowing passengers to take the three-hour round-trip riding in a historically inspired coach powered by a 1912 vintage coal-fired steam locomotive or one of the modern biodiesel engines, all built on-site. Designated as a National Historic Engineering Landmark in 1976, The Cog was referred to as “one of the greatest wonders of all time” by the Boston Transcript at its inauguration in 1868.
The Mount Washington Cog Railway is a must-do New England adventure with a mountain experience like no other. Passengers travel in the vintage styled coaches to the summit of the peak known for having the world’s worst weather, but on a clear day views extend from the Atlantic Ocean into Canada as the train reaches the summit. Along the way, knowledgeable brakemen provide colorful commentary on everything from flora and fauna to the weather extremes of the mountain.
Once at the top, visitors will find Mount Washington State Park and the Sherman Adams Visitors Center. The mountain-top facility houses a winter weather exhibit, cafeteria, gift shop and restrooms. There is an hour to visit the 1853 Tip Top House (the original hikers hotel, set as it was in 1853), enjoy a snack, explore the state park building and take in the magnificent views from the rocky summit.