Pikes Peak Cog Railway sees more traffic

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Business is starting to pick up again for the Pikes Peak Cog Railway.

Dave Donatto, traffic manager for the cog predicted a slow summer season for the train the week the Waldo Canyon wildfire burned more than 1,800 acres  north of the peak and 346 homes on the northwest side of Colorado Springs.

The train carried its first 880 passengers to the top of “America’s Mountain” on June 28, just two days after the fire destroyed homes in the Mountain Shadows neighborhood. The trains usually carry about 2,000 tourists up the steep terrain.

“The numbers are still down,” Donatto said. “But it’s definitely better. The fires are kind of behind us now.”