his picture of our yard is seen from the dispatcher’s window in our depot (elevation 6571 feet). The shed in the middle left of the image holds our vintage equipment. Track #3 in the middle of the picture leads to another shed where we hold some of work equipment and some of the smaller Swiss (78 passenger units – go here for more info). The red brick building (hidden partially by trees) on the middle right is the Ruxton Hydroelectric Plant. In the upper left (barely visible on nice days) is Cameron’s Cone – about 10,000 feet high). This page is updated every 2 minutes (more or less) when we are open (not updated at 6AM, for example). Trains come down 20 minutes before departure time (9:20 comes down to load at 9:00, etc.) and then go up to the shop about 3 hours and 45 minutes after they depart. (9:20 AM goes up about 12:45 PM)… So this is a good time to see trains. The morning hours usually are best as this view looks west and the afternoon sun shines directly on the camera .
Santa Claus Special 2012
The round trip will be 2 hours in duration. During the 2012 season, we will be running at different times on different days. Please see schedule below. The 2012 cost is $23 per adult or child (3 and over). If Child is 2 and under and sit on their parent’s lap, there is no charge.
The trip will go halfway up Pikes Peak to Four Mile Siding. The Santa Claus Train will NOT go to the summit of Pikes Peak. Santa and Mrs. Claus and/or their elves will be on each train with you and your children. Please see schedule below:
BE SURE TO SELECT THE CORRECT TIME FROM THE DROP-DOWN LIST; IF YOU DO NOT SEE “SANTA CLAUS SPECIAL” IN THE TRIPS BOX, YOU HAVE CHOSEN A REGULAR TRIP NOT THE CHRISTMAS TRAIN! A credit card is required to make this reservation. You must cancel or reschedule at least 48 hours in advance for a refund. We are taking reservations for the 2012 Santa Trains NOW!
(updated November 27th, 2012)
RED MEANS SOLD OUT
PINK MEANS LESS THAN 20 SEATS LEFT
BLACK MEANS MORE THAN 20 SEATS LEFT
Saturday - 1st December, 2012; 10:30 AM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 pm Sunday - 2nd December, 2012; 9:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 pm Saturday - 8th December, 2012; 9:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM Sunday - 9th December, 2012; 9:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM Saturday - 15th December, 2012; 9:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM Sunday - 16th December, 2012; 9:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 pm Thursday - 20th December, 2012; 10:00 AM, 1:00 PM Friday - 21st December, 2012; 9:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM Saturday - 22nd December, 2012; 9:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM Sunday - 23rd December, 2012; 9:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM Monday - 24th December, 2012; 9:00 AM, 10:00 AM
At Four Mile Siding, the train will layover for approx 1 hour to let you and your children off to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Bring your cameras to take pictures with Santa. You will be outside at 10,000 ft., so please dress warmly. The train will be there if you need to get out of the elements.
Four mile siding is located in a beautiful setting with a great view of Pikes Peak. Hot Chocolate will be provided along with Christmas cookies.
On our trip back to Manitou, Santa and Mrs. Claus will read Christmas poems and stories.
Back at the depot, kids will be handed a small gift bag from Santa and the elves.
Extremely limited seating (70 seats available per train), so reservations are necessary. Make your reservations early. A credit card will be required to reserve your tickets. When making reservations, please let the ticket agent know that you are interested in the Santa Claus Special Train. (If you would like to be placed on phone standby for any of the booked trains, please ask to talk to one of the supervisors. We will place you on a standby list and will call you if any one of the current reservations cancel. They are told to cancel no later than 48 hours ahead of schedule.)
A special THANK YOU to the Academy Optimist Club
for getting us in touch with Santa, Mrs. Claus, the King & Queen Elf, the Christmas Bard, the Toy Soldiers and all of the wonderful Elves.
BE SURE TO SELECT THE CORRECT TIME FROM THE DROP-DOWN LIST; IF YOU DO NOT SEE “SANTA CLAUS SPECIAL” IN THE TRIPS BOX, YOU HAVE CHOSEN A REGULAR TRIP NOT THE CHRISTMAS TRAIN!
A credit card is required to make this reservation. You must cancel or reschedule at least 48 hours. We are now taking reservations for the 2012 Santa Trains.