MARSHFIELD STATION, NH - Some 145 years after Sylvester Marsh but his "Railway to the Moon", a new documentary by New Hampshire Public Television will look at the history of the Mt. Washington Cog Railway, from its founding to the present day, and all the dramatic moments that have tested the existence of this engineering marvel.
THE MT. WASHINGTON COG RAILWAY: CLIMBING TO THE CLOUDS is the story of years of adversity, persistence and success. And NHPTV has a special connection with the Cog: the documentary’s producer and videographer, Steve Giordani, was once a Cog Railway engineer.
To celebrate this New Hampshire icon and NHPTV’s new documentary a premiere part will be held on May 16th for a ride on the Cog Railway, dinner at the Mount Washington Resort, and the screening premiere and discussion of THE MT. WASHINGTON COG RAILWAY: CLIMBING TO THE CLOUDS. Governor Maggie Hassan will be in attendance for the train ride. Event details and tickets at nhptv.org/cog.
They said Sylvester Marsh was crazy, and maybe he was — crazy like a fox. His vision to begin building the first mountain-climbing cog railway in the world became reality in 1866, inspired by the grandeur of Mount Washington and the desire to allow many others to enjoy it.
The railroad was intended to be a draw for tourists — to allow people to see the awe-inspiring beauty of the highest peak in the Northeast and to reach its summit. Sylvester Marsh, with ingenuity and inventiveness, created the world’s first cog railway that could climb up the fiercest peak in New England, fighting both gravity and inertia. On July 3, 1869, "Old Peppersass" became the world’s first cog-driven train to climb the 6,288-foot Mt. Washington.
The Mount Washington Cog Railway, the World’s first mountain-climbing cog railway, opened its 146th season bringing visitors from all over the world to the summit of the Northeast's highest peak on April 25. Throughout the season, there are special trains and discounts for our guests. Starting Memorial weekend, the Cog will be firing up its vintage steam trains, and will be running the steamer as the first train up the mountain throughout the season on scheduled days. Beginning June 22, everyone saves with $13 off his or her ticket on the last train on most days. And, this Fall, passengers can save with a $10 discount beginning in September (excluding Holiday periods). The details on the train schedule, specials and discounts can be found online.
Tickets for Cog Railway excursions can now be purchased online at www.TheCog.com. Due to the popularity of the rides, buying tickets in advance is strongly recommended.
The Cog is located at Marshfield Base Station on Base Road, Mount Washington, NH just 6 miles off route 302 near Historic Bretton Woods, NH. For more information and the daily train schedule, visit thecog.com or contact The Cog at 1-800-922-8825 or in New Hampshire at 603-278-5404.