• Project Updates

    Project Updates

After many months of research, planning, and community support, we’re excited to share the progress we’re making toward reopening in May 2021. Check back here often or even better, sign up for updates. And while you wait to board the train, please continue to support the extraordinary area of Manitou Springs.

Here’s what we’ve been up to.

As always, please promptly report any safety infractions or unsafe conditions immediately to either Spencer [email protected] or Ted [email protected]

A cog railway train car being worked on in Manitou Springs, Colorado.

June 2020

June 24, 2020

Track work has continued, working downhill from the summit, where we started in May. The Stacy and Witbeck crews fine-tuned the track building process and achieved a project best to date of 720 feet built on June 18. The crews reached Windy Point siding on June 24, marking the 25% complete point.

Production of our new trains continues to move forward at Stadler’s facility in Switzerland. The first raw locomotive and passenger coach frames have been welded, measured, and painted. The train now moves to the assembly hall where all its intricate components will be installed with Swiss precision.

May 2020

May 2020

May 13, 2020

The first new rails of the Manitou & Pikes Peak Railway were laid May 13! Track construction crews from Stacy and Witbeck spent the remainder of the month fine tuning the building process and were making steady progress by the end of the month. We also received the first photos of our new trains in production from Stadler’s facility in Bussnang, Switzerland.

A truck driving over snow at the top of Pikes Peak Mountain

April 2020

April 28, 2020

Final snow removal was completed for the season and final preparations are being made for construction to begin at the summit in May. This month, Stacy and Witbeck began staging steel ties, rail, and ballast up the mountain. Work continued on the axle conversions (Abt to Strub), and preparations began on the new engines, and the depot remodel.

Cranes lifting trains

January 2020

January 24, 2020

Stacy and Witback kept plugging away on track work as the weather permitted. Cog employees continued to work on the axle upgrades as well as interior work on the car bodies.

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December 2019

December 6, 2019

Stacy and Witbeck made steady progress on the lower portions of the track and kept the line clear so some work could proceed on the higher reaches of the mountain. After the relocation of the car bodies, they removed the last portions of Abt track in the yard and smoothed these areas in preparation for new track installation.

Cog employees successfully completed the conversion of the first 17 axles from the old Abt system to the newer Strub style. They also converted track two in the shop to Von Roll rack which is compatible to Strub but more streamlined and lightweight.

A train car being lifted by a crane at Manitou Pikes Peak Cog Railway

November 2019

November 20, 2019

Car bodies of the trains being refurbished in-house were removed from their bogies (an undercarriage with four or six wheels pivoted beneath the end of a railroad car) so axle conversion to the new Strub (rack/cog) system could begin.

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