Pike's Peak Cog Railway closes for maintenance for first time in 10 years

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Pike's Peak Cog Railway is closing today for the remainder of the 2017 season to allow crews to perform track maintenance.

The 8.9-mile cog railway first began taking passengers to the summit of Pike’s Peak in 1891.

Since 2007, the attraction has been running the trains year-round, weather permitting. General Manager Spencer Wren told the Colorado Springs Gazette that ten years of the more intensive schedule has put the railroad somewhat behind on maintenance, especially on tasks that can’t be done while trains are running, such as switch repair.

"We haven't closed the railroad for maintenance in 10 years," Jack Damioli, president of the Broadmoor company that owns the cog railway. "We chose this time of year because we've had decent weather in recent years during November and December, so we want to take advantage of this time to prepare the track and trains for the next season."

Wren said that only a few people have been laid off as a result of the winter closure — many of the up to 110 employees the cog railway retains in the summer month are seasonal and would be laid off around this time anyway.

The Cog Railway is expected to reopen in April or May of 2018.

See the original article online.
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