Pikes Peak Cog Railway celebrates 125 years


MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. — The famous Pikes Peak Cog Railway in Manitou Springs is celebrating its 125th birthday. As a way to celebrate, it showed off a vintage steam engine and coach from the 1800s.

“You are sitting or standing in a 1890 coach, the only one left of the 6 that we had,” said Mike Doty, Manager of Steam Operations.

Doty has worked at the Pikes Peak Cog Railway for 21 years now.

“It’s nice, I mean there’s been improvements to the railway but it’s nice that we still have the historic stuff still here,” said Doty.

Steam engine # 4 is taken out on special occasions such as the 125th anniversary on Wednesday.

“This one was the last coach on the Summit with the steamer in September of 1958,” said Doty.

General Manager of Pikes Peak Cog Railway, Spencer Wren, said operations have only improved over the years.

“Last year we had our busiest year ever we ran over 300,000 so obviously the popularity is only gaining it isn’t waning,” said Wren.For more information about Pikes Peak Cog Railway, click here.

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