The Mount Washington Cog Railway, Bretton Woods

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Tour · Scenic Railroad
The world's first mountain-climbing cog railway, The Mount Washington Cog Railway transports you to the top of Mount Washington for views of the mountains of New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, and Canada as well as the Atlantic Ocean. Choose between an old-fashioned coach powered by steam engine, or a modern, more environmentally friendly biodiesel option to take you to the summit at 1,916 m (6,288 ft). You'll have about an hour at the top of the highest peak in the Northeast, giving you a chance to explore the visitor center and Mount Washington Observatory's Weather Museum. Put The Mount Washington Cog Railway at the forefront of your travel plans using our Bretton Woods travel route planning site.
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  • The waiting area gave you a very good view of the railways trek up the mountain. Though a little daunting, there was nothing to be concerned about (as a person afraid of heights sitting on the right.....  more »
  • This was such a beautiful historic train ride up the mountain. You can even walk to the summit if you like but be prepared for Highwinds. We had a lot of fog on our day but this is not uncommon. If...  more »
  • GET A WINDOW SEAT! That's the best advice I can give. I thought I purchased a window seat but I did not. So my husband and I didn't really see much the whole time. They cram a lot of people in a small train so if you're claustrophobic good luck! Ideally the best seats would be the first row on the left hand side (Row 1, seats C,D,E) The view is better on that side, plus there are windows right in front as well. When I could sneak in some peaks on the way up the view was incredible! But on the ride down the windows were fogged up the whole time and the stranger next to me didn't open her window to look out. So the ride down I couldn't wait to get off. That being said, the staff is friendly and the conductor was entertaining and gave a lot of facts/ history about the railway. It's a must-see when you're in the white mountains. It can be very enjoyable, just get a window seat!
  • I’ve never been inclined to write a review for anything ever in my life until today. The cog provides a fun and unique experience up and down the mountain. However I have to say the most disappointing part of the experience was the conductors. They just won’t shut up and let you enjoy the scenery! While the history of the railroad is fun to hear about, a few moments of silence on this beautiful ride would have been more than appreciated. It seemed both of the conductors up and down enjoy the sound of their own voice more than anything else. After an extremely annoying ride up hearing the same information repeated over and over again. I had hoped we would have a peaceful ride back down the mountain. Nope. Gary needed to tell us all the same information we heard on the way up, again on the way back down, and he just wouldn’t stop talking. Even after several obvious social cues from multiple customers on the train to please stop talking. The conduct of the conductors honestly ruined the experience for me. I’m a huge train lover and am grateful that the cog lives on. But if you’re looking for a peaceful afternoon out on the mountain you’re better off hiking/driving or bringing earplugs and the thickest headphones possible.

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