Colorado Cog Railway Renovation Reaches Halfway Milestone

The renovation of The Broadmoor Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway has reached its halfway milestone, prior to its expected reopening in May 2021.

The total length of the line is 9 miles. It was originally built in 1891. Reaching 14,115 feet, it is the highest railway line in the US. The renovations on the cog railway started in March 2019 at a cost of 100 million USD. In addition to renovating the tracks and cogs, the railway is also getting new rolling stock (3 trains in total), which is currently being manufactured by Stadler in Switzerland, and a new depot.

Track renovations on The Broadmoor Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway
Track renovations on The Broadmoor Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway
Ted Johnston, Assistant General Manager, Broadmoor Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway, said:

“We're happy to share that we've reached a major milestone in our track renovations with the installation of two of the three passing siding tracks: Windy Point and Mountain View.

“The crews faced one of the toughest stretches of track to construct between these two points, a part of the lien we call the 'Big Hill', which is the longest, steepest, and narrowest portion of track.”

Construction is on schedule to be completed by the end of 2020.

A Stadler train for the Broadmoor Cog Railway
One of the new trains being manufactured by Stadler

Four diesel trains are being refurbished in the railway’s Manitou Springs shop. These works are 90 percent complete, with new floors, seats, a sound system and vinyl wrap and diesel engines.

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