Colorado’s Pikes Peak Cog Railway Could Reopen in Two Years

According to a report published by KRDO-TV, a plan to repair and reopen the legendary Pikes Peak Cog Railway has been released by owner Broadmoor Hotel. Built in 1889, the operation shut down at the end of the 2017 season without much prior notice or confirmation the popular attraction would reopen. Broadmoor president Gary Pierson met with a special session of the Colorado Springs city council to outline his company’s plan which includes renovating or replacing the existing depot and rebuilding the nine mile rack railway down to the roadbed. Four of the eight existing Swiss-built diesel cars would be rebuilt, the other four retired, and three new cars purchased. In addition, any remaining retired legacy equipment would be made available for preservation. Broadmoor is requesting tax breaks while they embark on the two-year repair plan, with the goal of reopening in 2020. The matter is currently pending before the city council.

—Railfan & Railroad

This article was posted on: June 13, 2018