PHOTOS: Broadmoor Manitou and Pikes Peak COG Railway travels to summit of Pikes Peak The Denver Post

The Broadmoor Manitou and Pikes Peak COG Railway train traveled to the summit of Pikes Peak on May 16, 2021 in Manitou Springs. It marked the first day since October 2017 that the almost 130-year-old train is making its way again to the summit of Pike Peak.  The railway had an extensive restoration project that included new trains, new track and a new snowblower that can cut through snow drifts up to 14 feet tall so the trains can make it to the summit.

The railway will be opened for four days from May 20-23 and again on May 27 when it reopens to the public seven days a week. The train will have five departures a day. The ride takes just over three hours to complete the 9 mile ascent and 9 mile descent of Pikes Peak. It is the world’s highest COG railway train going up 7,600 feet of vertical gain to the 14,115-foot summit. It has an average grade of 12% but sometimes gets as steep as 24%. The train ride takes riders through Pikes Peak’s famous pink granite in the Pike National Forest. The railway will celebrate its 130th anniversary at the end of June.

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