• 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]

MARCH 2021

MARCH 2021

March 31, 2021

What a day at our depot, where our new locomotive and snowblower were delivered and lowered onto our track! This month alone our first coaches arrived after a 5,000+ mile journey from Switzerland to Manitou Springs!

WINTER 2021: January-February

February 28, 2021

We’re really starting to imagine these 47.2-inch-diameter cutting reels blowing snow 50 to 100 feet off the line! Final Inspection at the Zaugg Facility in Switzerland is complete.

FALL FOLIAGE: We’re Coming Down the Mountain

November 1, 2020

We never cease to be amazed by the progress of our crew! Things have been very busy here at the Cog this fall as the Stacy and Witbeck construction crews continued moving down the mountain with track building and reached the depot area after Thanksgiving. In October, we enjoyed a visit from our Swiss project team at Stadler to discuss final details of the assembly of our new locomotives and coaches.

July 2020

July 2020

July 31, 2020

It was Christmas in July at the Cog! We received the first pictures of our new snow blower in the pre-assembly phase at the Zaugg facility in Eggiwil, Switzerland. This new piece of equipment will allow us to cut through snow drifts up to 14’ tall and clear a path for our trains to the summit.

Track crews continued working their way down the mountain after finishing installing the first siding at Windy Point. Crews are now working down the Big Hill, our longest, steepest, narrowest portion of track. While it poses challenges, our crews are prepared!

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.

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.