Colorado Springs attraction to close for maintenance

November 4, 2017 by  

For the first time in a decade, one of the top attractions in the Colorado Springs area, the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, will shut down during the winter.

The general manager of the railroad, Spencer Wren, made the announcement in late October. He also said all the winter trips have been canceled, and passengers holding reservations will receive full refunds. Operations will resume in Spring 2018.

The railway began operations in 1891, when it ran trains about six months of the year, starting in late April or early May until October or early November. This practice continued until 2002, when the railway operated a longer schedule, starting earlier and ending later. In 2007, it finally began operating all year long, depending on the weather, though its winter schedule was shorter because it carried fewer than 10% of its passengers during that time.

Running all year meant the line fell behind on maintenance, according to Wren. Some of the needed testing includes running the trains to the Pikes Peak summit to determine if they are operating properly, as well as whether or not the track is in good shape. Wren said it has already been determined that some switches need to have parts replaced, which cannot be done while the railroad is in operation.

Operators of attractions like this can work with a flyer printing company to create a mailer for area residents, announcing the closure.