Anyone here tried the Mt. Washington Cog Railway in New Hampshire(NH), USA? What are the advantages of taking the cog train versus driving up to the top?

I am going there on Oct 14th as a part of a fall foliage trip.

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  • Vote to close as primarily opinion-based. – David Oct 2 '18 at 17:32
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    What you should do depends on your own personal preferences and needs: we can't choose for you. If you have a factual, objective question that we can answer, we're happy to help, but the answer to "Should I take the cog train or drive up to the top?" is "It's up to you. Do whatever you think you'd enjoy the most." – David Richerby Oct 2 '18 at 18:16
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    A tourist could enjoy both experiences. – Weather Vane Oct 2 '18 at 18:22
  • I would love to drive just feel i would lose out on the natural beauty while being focused on driving. But anyway I guess I will take the train. – Bhushan Kale Oct 2 '18 at 18:42

A few years back my friend and I went up in that train, great experience. It was around the same time of the year and we had real snow while on the mountain.
I would take the train again, but also tell people only to drive up when experienced in driving mountain roads in snow conditions.

Also check weather conditions and road closures. I know they close that road at times but I do not know with how much snow they stay open.

  • Awesome, Thanks @willeke. I think I will also stick to the train. I am a good driver (or so do I believe). The only concern was $72 ticket for the train vs $31 if you drive your way up there. But looks like train is worth it. – Bhushan Kale Oct 2 '18 at 20:40

If you bother going there, take the train.

I was there several years ago, when they still operated the kind of original steam engines, but from what I read, those are no longer in regular service, or have been rebuilt. But the experience is still it.

Just be aware, it is steep…

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