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Cog Railway

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Cog Railway - Bretton Woods, New Hampshire

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     New Hampshire's Mount Washington, one of the tallest peaks in eastern United States, is only surpassed by a pair of Great Smoky Mountain standouts, Mount Mitchell and Clingman's Dome. Besides its one-of-a-kind viewpoint, Mount Washington is noted for its severe weather, including some of highest wind gusts on Earth.
      There's more than one way to the top of Mount Washington, but taking the Cog Railway has to be the most unique. Mount Washington Hotel - Bretton Woods, New Hampshire The 140 year old coal fired train climbs one of the steepest railroad grades anywhere. Maybe it's the view or the sharp incline, but the three hour roundtrip is said to be the most exciting train ride on the planet. This crisp view captures the train on an exception clear day, chugging its way up to the summit.
      The non-slip cog geared train was first conceived by local resident Sylvester Marsh. After receiving a fair amount of criticism, Marsh proceeded to build his dream. A father and son team of designers assisted Marsh in his monumental task. The oxen led procession moved train parts and rack rails through Bretton Woods to the base of Mount Washington, where construction began. Nicknamed Old Peppersass, the cog train made its first climb in July, 1869.

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