In 1869, the train known as “Peppersass” became the first cog-driven, mountain-climbing train when it ascended New Hampshire’s 6,288-foot Mount Washington. Now, 150 years later, the Mount Washington Cog Railway remains fully operational and is a National Historic Engineering Landmark.
“The Mount Washington Cog Railway is a three-hour scenic round trip to the summit of Mount Washington, located in the beautiful region of the White Mountains of New Hampshire,” said Rebecca Metcalf, marketing director at the railway. “The train travels through four distinct climate zones up to the summit of Mount Washington, the highest peak in the Northeastern United States, a mountain famous for its changeable and challenging weather.”
Groups are greeted upon arrival to the railway by the group sales manager, who gives a summary of the ride and historic information. The railway can accommodate up to 210 passengers an hour, with 68 people per coach.
The visit begins in the Base Station, where groups can browse the gift shop or explore the free museum. The museum includes interactive exhibits, a train simulator and a documentary film screening.
“Once on the train, they (groups) will be given a narrated trip up the mountain by one of our skilled brakemen,” said Élise Thompson, group sales manager at the railway. “They will have an hour at the summit to see the sights and sounds of New England’s highest peak.”
Located at the summit, the Sherman Adams Visitor Center includes a museum, post office and snack bar. On a clear day, the 360-degree views from the summit include five states, Canada and the Atlantic Ocean.
“The Mount Washington Cog Railway is a once-in-a-lifetime historic train ride,” Thompson said. “Around here, we like to call it a bucket-list item. We are the world’s first and currently only operating cog railway in the United States. It is a very unique train ride. It isn’t every day that you can climb a mountain on a train.”
The railway primarily operates clean, environmentally friendly and efficient biodiesel locomotives. Coal-fired steam locomotives are generally operated twice each day. The season typically runs May through November.
A variety of dining options are available for groups, including box lunches. Motorcoach parking is available.
For more information on the Mount Washington Cog Railway call 603-278-2256 or go to thecog.com.