About the Mount Washington Cog Railway
The Mount Washington Cog Railway is a narrated 3-Hour-Round Trip train ride to the summit of Mount Washington on the first mountain climbing train in the world. The trip to the summit and back takes 3 hours and provides you with approximately 60 minutes to explore the Summit of Mount Washington. The summit is a New Hampshire State Park. Located at the summit is the Sherman Adams Visitor Center. The Visitor Center contains a gift shop, US post office, small snack bar and provides 360° views of the surrounding areas including up to 5 states, Canada and the Atlantic Ocean! It is home to the Mount Washington Observatory and its “Extreme Mount Washington” weather museum. While at the summit you may want to visit the restored “Tip Top House”, one of the first lodging establishments on the summit, or take a short hike on one of the many hiking trails. On the way up the mountain you will learn all about the Mt. Washington Cog Railway, including what to expect on your journey and what other fun and excitement you and your family can have!
Historic & Fun
Steeped in history, this marvel of 19th century technology and modern innovation is an exhilarating voyage through landscape and nature. The Mount Washington Cog Railway, a National Historic Engineering Landmark, is a “must do” for any visit to New England.
When you ride The Mount Washington Cog Railway, you’re in for an unforgettable adventure. Magnificent scenery…efficient new biodiesel locomotives and the classic steam engines (generally scheduled twice each day)…combined with a spectacular climb up the highest mountain in the Northeast, provide the voyage of a lifetime.
Your fun begins at Marshfield Base Station and the drive up Base Station Road. The Base Station is rich in history and was formerly a transfer point for stage coaches bringing guests to the Cog, who would take the train to the Summit House, a grand hotel that existed on the summit in the 1800’s.
Today at the Base Station, visitors can peruse the gift shop, get hands on with our state of the art museum, or have a drink and enjoy some convenience style dining while watching trains as they arrive and depart from the station.
There is no admission charge to the Cog Railway Museum which features historic displays and state of the art interactive exhibits. Ever wanted to be the engineer of a Mount Washington Cog Railway Diesel Engine? Well now you can with our train simulator! You and your family can also take a picture on a “Devil’s Shingle” and learn all about the experience!
You can also purchase our Emmy-Award Winning Documentary, Climbing to the Clouds.
The Gift Shop features a mix of memorable gifts including apparel, toys, souvenirs and books, but also provides ample opportunity to satisfy your sweet tooth with plenty of unique Mount Washington Cog Railway branded sweets and maple products produced by the owner’s family. An online gift shop where products can be purchased is available here.
Your fun starts right when you arrive here at the Mount Washington Cog Railway!
Boarding Your Train
Upon purchasing your ticket, you select your assigned seat and assigned platform. You begin to board the train 15 minutes prior to departure, although we highly recommend arriving 45 minutes prior to departure time, as tickets purchased in advanced should be picked up at least 30 minutes prior to boarding.
Upon arriving at your Platform, a Cog-A-Razzi Photographer will offer to take your picture and friendly brakeman or brakewoman will scan your ticket and allow you and your family to board the train. We have assigned seating and recommend purchasing tickets online so you can select your preferred seating arrangements.
Our coaches are mechanically state of the art, but they are built and designed to replicate the look and feel of the original passenger cars..
Equipped with modern sound systems and sound reduction technology, your voyage will be narrated amidst the sounds of nature and the muted roar of the steam and diesel engines.
You’re off to the summit of Mount Washington! Enjoy the ride!
The Summit of Mount Washington
Mount Washington Summit
Mount Washington is the highest peak in the northeastern United States. It offers grand vistas and views that are unrivaled by any other mountain on the east coast.
With a 1 hour layover at the summit of Mount Washington, you’ll have a lot to explore and experience!! The massive Sherman Adams Summit Building houses the Mount Washington Observatory and it’s museum, gift shops, restrooms, a small snack bar and a US Post Office! Send friends and family a post card from the summit of Mount Washington with a unique, exclusive cancellation stamp that you can only get from the top of Mount Washington!
And that’s not all! There is the Historic Tip Top House, one of the first hotels on the summit, restored in the 1960’s as a museum!
The weather on Mount Washington is noted for changing rapidly. You may be greeted by fantastic vistas or a mysterious voyage into the mist! Take the short walk to the Summit marker and take a wonderful family photo on top of the world!
The summit of Mount Washington has an incredible history tied predominantly to the invention and building of the first mountain climbing train in the world. It is sure to be an adventure to remember!
A trip on the Mount Washington Cog Railway is a memorable experience for all ages! With a combination of fun, history, scenery & the outdoors, a ride is sure to be one not soon forgotten!