Item/Description: Vintage 1964 “Summit of Pikes Peak Alt. 14,100 Feet Cog Railway” souvenir pennant.
This delightful, brightly-colored travel souvenir pennant commemorates the historic Pikes Peak Cog Railway (which is also known as “The Manitou and Pike’s Peak Railway”).
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Age/Period: Vintage - 1964 (1960s)
Manufacturer/Identification/Markings/Country of Origin: Unknown/Unspecified
Material(s)/Format: Felt cloth
Size/Measurements: 17"L x 7"W
Quantity: One (1)
Condition Summary: Very good vintage collectible condition, remaining vividly colorful, exhibiting no “balding” or loss to any of the graphics & wording, and still retaining all four (4) of its original ribbons/streamers. There are a handful of pin-prick hole marks from when this once hung on the previous/original owner’s wall, and one teeny pin head-sized hole in the yellow felt border on the far left side of the pennant.
Excerpted Packaging/Research Information (in part attributed to wikipedia.org ): “Begun in ca 1890, 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.
A number of steam locomotives were built for the line by the Baldwin Locomotive Works, all rack-only locomotives with steeply inclined boilers to keep them level on the average 16% grades. Operating steam locomotives on such a line was back-breaking work and expensive, so when more modern forms of traction became available, the railway was eager to modernize....
A gasoline-powered railcar was constructed in 1938, believed to be the first rack railcar in the world. It was designed to be a cheaper alternative to the steam locomotives enabling economic service during quieter times of the year...
The next were five 'streamlined' diesel locomotives from General Electric, which were equipped with matching passenger cars, acquired from 1939 onward. These slowly supplanted the steam locomotives, though some steam operations persisted until the 1960s as backup power and to operate the snow-clearing train (where their greater weight meant they were less likely to derail)...”
Fast-forward to 1964, the year this pennant commemorates: “In 1964 the railway needed more equipment, but General Electric was not interested in the business, so the railway went abroad, to Switzerland, home of the vast majority of the world's cog railways. In 1964, the Swiss Locomotive and Machine Works in Winterthur provided two bright red railcars (railcars contain a seating compartment as well as engineer stand, eliminating the need for a separate pushing locomotive), very similar to equipment in use on many Swiss railways. Units 14 and 15 were delivered and began service in 1964. Two more (Units 16 and 17) were provided in 1968 when the first two proved their worth. As of 2012, all four original Swiss trains are still in operation at the Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway. These locomotives, and all locomotives following are now powered by biodiesel...”
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