New England’s Mount Washington Cog Railway – Still Climbing After 150 years


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 next year in 2019. The Cog, (as it is affectionately nicknamed) is located in the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire, six miles from the grand Mount Washington Hotel.

The Cog has remained a key 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.

The Mount Washington Cog Railway experience is a must-do New England adventure. As the Cog’s 150th season gets underway, there will be a number of events and activities in celebration of this momentous anniversary, making this the perfect time to make the trip to New England’s most iconic historic attraction.

As July 3rd marks the Cog’s official birthday, the railway will be celebrating in style, including presentations, games and fireworks. The railway’s long and unique history will be commemorated on August 17th and 18th at the 4th annual “Railway to the Moon” Steampunk Festival, an event featuring a lively mix of science fiction, Victorian style, technology and steam. For other 150th anniversary event details, please visit the

Passengers experience views reaching from the Atlantic Ocean into Canada as the train reaches the summit on their journey. Once at the top, visitors will find Mount Washington State Park and the Sherman Adams Visitors Center. This hearty 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 hiker’s hotel), enjoy a snack, explore the state park building and take in the magnificent view from the rocky summit.

Back at the mountain base, the new Cog Railway Museum, located in the upper level, tells visitors the fascinating story of how the historic railway came to be and offers media presentations and interactive exhibits. Visitors can also peruse the gift shop full of local and custom items to find that perfect Cog gift or souvenir.

The Cog Railway is located at 3168 Base Road, Mount Washington, NH, just six miles from historic Bretton Woods and Rte. 302, three hours north of Boston and six hours north of NYC. Call (603) 278-5404 for general information or (603) 278-2256 for group booking information or visit

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