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Pikes Peak Cog Railway Part 2 7/22/2016

by Chris Guenzler

We are now on the top of Pikes Peak. I will walk around the Summit of Pikes Peak counter clockwise around the top of peak to show you the different views from this great mountain.


The views from the summit of Pikes Peak.

The trains at the summit of Pikes Peak. I went inside the Summit House for the bathroom and then a donut. Next it would be time for summit pictures at the sign.

The Pikes Peak Summit sign at 14,110 feet above sea level.

Christopher Guenzler posed at the Pikes Peak Summit sign.

Elizabeth and I at the Pikes Peak Summit sign.

Elizabeth at the Pikes Peak Summit sign.

Sofie Navarro at the Pikes Peak Summit sign.

The Navarro family at the Pikes Peak Summit sign.

Me and the Navarro family at the Pikes Peak Summit sign.

Robin at the Pikes Peak Summit sign. A few minutes later, we all boarded the train for the trip down the mountain.

On the way back down, we passed trains at Windy Point. We returned to the base station at Manitou Springs and it was time to say goodbye to Navarro family. What were the odds that they could be on a train with me in Colorado and seated with me? It had been a fantastic trip on the Manitou and Pike's Peak Cog Railway.

The Trip back to Denver

We left Manitou Springs and headed east on US 24 but made a stop.

The Colorado Midland Railroad roundhouse still stands in Colorado Springs but has a much different use today than what it had been built for in the beginning. Next we stopped by the Colorado Springs & Interurban Railway to get the ride we did not get last Saturday. Once there we met the same gentleman who had been there on Saturday and he agreed to give us the ride we did not get when we had visited their project before.

SEPTA PCC 2129 would give us a ride today. Now lets take two rides on the length of their track on this former Rock Island Railroad. Now sit back and enjoy the trip.

After our two trips, we thanked our operator and flagman before we left for the Air Force Academy. Robin is a veteran and wanted to see the Chapel which I did too. We stopped at the North Gate where I had to show ID to get us in and then we followed the signs to the Chapel and parked in the visitor parking lot. We then walked onto the grounds.

This was my first picture here.

Models of planes are on display.

This wing building is very interesting.

The Air Force Academy Chapel.

More of the model planes.

Real planes on display on the greens.

The Air Force Academy Chapel. Now lets go inside and enjoy the Protestant Chapel.

The inside of the Protestant Chapel which is on the upper level.

More real planes on display on the greens.

The Air Force Academy Chapel, Now lets go down the stairs to the lower level and enjoy the Catholic Chapel.

The Catholic Chapel. There are also Jewish and Buddhist Temples on the lower level. It was sunny when we got here, but it was pouring down rain as we walked back to my car. We left the Air Force Academy and drove via Palmer Lake before going around a traffic jam in Larkspur before we returned to dropping Robin off at the Super 8 and we checked into the Quality Inn next store. Here the Internet worked extremely well. We wrote some stories but I updated my rail mileage. With still down I have not be able to upload stories. Steve Grande kept me informed of the process he was going through to fix the stories. My web site only has only the stories up to 2014 in November. We worked to about 6:15 PM then went to the NRHS Banquet.

We walked to the Holiday Inn under stormy skies.

The 2016 Denver Convention NRHS Banquet.

John Goodman welcomed us all to the 2016 Denver Convention NRHS Banquet.

Jim Ferris, of the NRHS CP Huntington Chapter gave the invocation. The meals were served late and my portion was way too small of the steak dinner.

My tablemates for this NRHS Banquet.

Carl Jensen then talked about the two NRHS Rail Camps and then baskets were passed around to collect our donations for this program. We all gave $1,407.50 then someone wrote a check for the same amount bringing the total to $2,907 for the evening.

NRHS President Al Weber then introduced our guest speaker, Union Pacific Railroad's Edgar E. Dickens who would tell us all about the complete rebuilding of the Union Pacific 844 through a power point presentation.

Here is Ed Dickens starting to talk about the rebuilding.

He used slides to help tell the complete story.

Ed then answered some questions from the audience.

Skip Waters was taking it all in. After that the Banquet was over and Robin, Elizabeth and I walked back to our hotels for the night.