Cog Railway

August, 27 2002

Mount Washington Hotel from Routh 302. Cog Railway in background

Mount Washington from Route 302. The Cog Railway is just to the right of center.

The Mount Washington Hotel (in the lower left of the picture) was built in 1900. It is located in Bretton Woods and overlooks Mt. Washington and the Cog Railway. The Cog Railway started taking passengers up to the top of Mt. Washington in 1869. As it became popular the railroad was built to bring visitors to the area and hotels were built to accommodate the visitors. At one point the railroad went all the way to the base station (1876).

Some info from a flyer:
The Cog Railway is one of New Hampshire's treasures. It was built in the 1860's and still operates in a similar fashion as it did back then. Unlike in the past it is easy to get to and is an enjoyable way to visit the top of Mt. Washington. It's 3 hour round trip and frequent hourly departures makes it quite possible to enjoy this experience on a one day trip from anywhere in New England.

#2 (Ammonoosuc) Starting the climb up the mountain.

My grandfather ran excursion trips from the Concord, NH area to the White Mountains and the Cog Railway using a Stanley Steamer touring car. He did this between 1912 and 1923. The trip was 100-125 miles long depending on the route.


My Cog Railway Photo Gallery

Here are some pictures from a recent trip to the Cog Railway.


The official Cog Railway Site
The Mount Washington Cog Railway - The place to go for historical and technical information
Mount Washington .COM Cog Railway site
Cog RR

Other Links

Pike's Peak Cog Railway