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The Story of the Cog Railway

One of the most unique experiences in the world, the Manitou & Pikes Peak Railway Company was founded in 1889 when track construction began using manual labor and mules. Our first passenger train arrived on the summit in June 1891 and we staked our claim as the highest rack railway in the world, an important part of the history of Pikes Peak. We have seen many modern developments over the years, most recently, taking three years to rebuild and bring the Cog Railway into a new era, with new trains, new track, new depot, new Summit Visitor Center and an exciting new adventure, one you have to see and experience for yourself.

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Our Story

Bringing this iconic experience into the 21st century means more than upgrading to state-of-the-art equipment and infrastructure to get you to the summit of Pikes Peak, America’s Mountain. The incredible views, the beauty of the mountain, those things haven’t changed, but we have. We’re moving into the future by investing 100 million dollars and rebuilding the journey from the track up with the most modern, up-to-date experience. Three new trains from Stadler in Switzerland and a new Strub single rail cog system provides a seamless ride. One that takes you on an unforgettable journey.

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Some of our sights will take your breath away. See for yourself.

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We’d love to hear from you, so please, get in touch.

Bryan Test
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All the wonder of America seemed displayed there.

- Katharine Lee Bates
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