The Manitou and Pike's Peak Railway (also known as the Pikes Peak
Cog Railway) is an Abt rack system cog railway in Colorado
, USA, climbing the well-known mountain Pikes Peak. The base station is in Manitou Springs, Colorado near Colorado Springs
.The railway is the highest in North America
by a considerable margin. It was built and is operated solely for the tourist trade.
The railway was started by Zalmon G. Simmons, inventor and founder of the Simmons Beautyrest Mattress Company. The company was founded in 1889 and limited service to the Halfway House Hotel was started in 1890.
As of 2006 the railway owns enough equipment (railcars and snow plows) to run six to eight trains per day from mid-May through mid-September. During "off-peak" months (mid-September through mid-December and mid-March through mid-May), anywhere from one to five trains are run per day, with additional trains added if there is sufficient demand.Winter service varies according to demand (in January, for example, trains run once a day on weekends and holidays).