Cog Railway bridges the gap left by 2017 winter storm, set to open Saturday

April 18. 2018 12:46PM

BRETTON WOODS — The Mount Washington Cog Railway, the world’s first mountain-climbing cog railway, will open for its 149th season on Saturday.

Trains will run to and from the top of New England’s highest summit for several weekends in April. Daily runs will begin Saturday, May 5.

This spring’s opening marks a rebound from a 2017 mishap. Last fall, the railway ended its season prematurely when a flood damaged the trestle bridge crossing the Ammonoosuc River.

It has been closed from storm damage only once before, when winds from the Hurricane of 1938 badly damaged Jacob’s Ladder.

But a replacement bridge, sporting faux trusses designed and built off site by Big R Bridge of Greeley, Colo., was completed March 6. Cote Crane of Auburn, Maine, set the 107-foot steel bridge in place.

For reservations for various train rides and seasonal offerings, visit or call 278-5404.

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