Mt. Washington and The Cog Railway

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Mt. Washington and The Cog Railway. Photo by Gwernol (CC)

Historic steam train & biodiesel locomotives for scenic rides to the top of the mountain, open seasonally.
Address: 3168 Base Station Rd, Mount Washington, NH 03589
Phone: (603) 278-5404
The Mount Washington Cog Railway, also known as the Cog, is the world’s first mountain-climbing cog railway (rack-and-pinion railway). The railway is still in operation, climbing Mount Washington in New Hampshire, United States.

The railway was built by Sylvester Marsh who grew up in Campton. Marsh came up with the idea while climbing the mountain in 1852. His plan was treated as insane. Local tradition says that the state legislature voted permission based on a consensus that harms resulting from operating it was no issue – since the design was attempting the impossible – but benefits were guaranteed. He was putting up $5,000 of his own money, and that, plus whatever else he could raise, would be spent locally, including building the Fabyan House hotel at nearby Fabyan Station to accommodate the expected tourists. The railway is sometimes called “Railway to the Moon”, because one state legislator remarked during the proceedings that Marsh should be given a charter, not merely up Mount Washington, but also to the Moon. See More info on Wikipedia

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