DVD: Climbing to the Clouds
Inspired by the grandeur of Mount Washington and the desire for people to see the awe-inspiring beauty of the highest peak in the Northeast, Sylvester Marsh's vision to build the first mountain-climbing cog railway in the world became reality in 1866.
Now, more than 145 years after the "Railway to the Moon" (as it once was called) began operating, this documentary explores the history of the iconic Mount Washington Cog Railway, from its founding visionary Sylvester Marsh to its current operations, to the dramatic times that have tested this engineering marvel.
Marsh, through ingenuity and inventiveness, created the world's first cog railway that could climb miles and miles of elevation, fighting gravity and inertia. On July 3, 1869, "Old Peppersass" became the world's first cog-driven train to climb the 6,288-foot Mount Washington. Today, modern biodiesel engines climb the mountain along with a steam engine, continuing to offer "Coggers" a unique and thrilling experience.
THE MOUNT WASHINGTON COG RAILWAY: CLIMBING TO THE CLOUDS is the story of adversity, persistence - and success. Climb aboard and enjoy the ride!
Producer/Videographer: Steve Giordani | Writer: Paul Lally Design & Animation: Schuyler Scribner | Executive Producer: Dawn DeAngelis Program & extras 75 minutes © 2015 New Hampshire Public Broadcasting & The Mount Washington Cog Railway
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