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New Hampshire’s Cog Railway Celebrates 150 years on July 3rd

The Mount Washington Cog Railway of New Hampshire will be celebrating a momentous occasion on July 3rd this year. 150 years ago, mountain-climbing steam engines successfully traveled to the summit of Mount Washington with paying customers, changing history forever to become the first mountain- climbing railway in the world.

The railway’s two remaining steam engines still climb to the summit, and on July 3rd, along with a fleet of biodiesel engines, will be making 2 trips to the summit and back. While the trains are chugging up and down the mountain, there will be a day-long celebration at the Base Station, taking place from 11 am to 3 pm.

There will be a guest booth with goodies from Calef’s General Store, of Barrington , NH, a partner property celebrating their own historic 150th anniversary, as well as BBQ off the truck from Smokin’ T’s of Lancaster, NH, and birthday cupcakes by Love At First Bite Bakery of Whitefield, NH.

There will Victorian lawn games (weather permitting) and fish feeding at Peppersass Pond for kids and adults alike as well as a live acoustic guitar performance by Michael Bloom followed by fireworks at dusk by Andrew Day. Last but least, Peppersass, the engine that built the railway, starting in 1866 and finishing the job in 1869, will be at the center of it all, in full in animated glory, with a working smoke stack and whistle.

The Cog will be offering a full train schedule to the summit and both indoor and deck seating for dining as well as gift shop on its lower level and interactive museum on the upper level. For more information about The Cog Railway or the full line up anniversary event schedule, please visit or call 603.278.5404. The Mount Washington Cog Railway is located on Base Station Road, at Marshfield Station, 6 miles from Bretton Woods and Rte 302.