I love POSTCARD FRIENDSHIP FRIDAY. Every week I dig through my collection and find an interesting card or two or three of a place. Then I research it. I have learned so much about places near and far. Of places that no longer exist and those that have evolved with time. Today I am sharing Pikes Peak Cog Train. I am happy to say it has evolved with time.
A cog railway is a railway with a toothed rack rail, usually between the running rails. The trains are fitted with one or more cog wheels that mesh with the rack rail allowing the train to operate on steep grades. Most cog railways are mountain railways. More about cog railways here on Wikipedia.
In 1889, the Manitou & Pike's Peak Railway Company was founded and track construction began in earnest. Top wages were 25 cents per hour. Six workers died in blasting and construction accidents. The Age of Steam predominated the late 1800’s, and from Baldwin Locomotive Works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, three engines were delivered in 1890. Limited service was initiated in that year to the Halfway House Hotel . These locomotives were eventually converted to operate upon the Vauclain Compound principle, and a total of six were in service during the "steam" era. The original three were named "Pike’s Peak," "Manitou" and "John Hulbert," but they soon were assigned numbers. Of the original six, only #4 is still in operation and along with a restored coach makes infrequent trips short distances up the track.
DID YOU KNOW?
- Katherine Lee Bates, who wrote the words to “America the Beautiful” after a trip to the summit in the late 1800's! HERE
- There are 91 peaks above 14,000 feet in the United States? Of that 54 are in Colorado, 21 in Alaska, 15 in California and one in Washington! HERE
- The first cog railway (rack railway or rack-and-pinion railway) operated in England in 1812. The first in the US was in New Hampshire in 1868. HERE