MountaineerMap
1947 Map

This attraction is gone, but unique enough that it had to have its own post, and you can explore remnants of the historic equipment.   The Mountaineer was a miniature cog train that ran from the Broadmoor Hotel to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

 

The Broadmoor Mountaineer Colorado Springs
At the Broadmoor depot

 

ZOO MOUNTAINEER COG RAILROAD Cadillac Train c1960s

This station was on the north end of the Broadmoor Lake, near where the outdoor swimming pool is today.  The other photo is at the zoo.  The curved window is where the gift shop is now.

Originally the engine was built to resemble the Pikes Peak Cog train.  In the 1950’s, Cadillac built a modern custom engine just for this ride.    This engine has been refurbished and is on display on in the parking lot of the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. This display track is in the original location.   Remnants of one of the four tunnels and the railroad bed near the water tank just below the zoo are still visible.

At the Colorado Springs Trolley Museum
Remnants of the Mountaineer cars

The two cars that followed this new engine did not fare as well.   They can be seen at the Colorado Springs Trolley Museum near Fillmore Street and Interstate 25.  Their fiberglass vista-domes are still intact.   There is no record of what happened to the original steam-type engine.

 

 

Explore!  Even though this attraction is gone, you can visit the Cadillac engine on display.  The tunnel and railway bed are just below the zoo’s entrance.   The remnants of the two passenger cars at the Trolley Museum.  All this can be explored without paying admissions.

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