Grand Canyon doubleheader helps celebrate National Park centennial

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Grand Canyon Railway 2-8-0 No. 29 and 2-8-2 No. 4960 charge up the grade into the park near Coconino Canyon on Saturday, Aug. 27. 
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — As the National Park Service celebrated its 100th anniversary last weekend, steam rail preservationists celebrated the sight of a rare steam doubleheader on the tourist railroad’s main line from Williams to the Grand Canyon.

The double-headed passenger train featured Grand Canyon Railway 2-8-0 No. 29 and 2-8-2 No. 4960. Local sources say it was the first time the railroad has operated a double-headed steam train in more than a decade.

The celebration catered to diesel fans, too. Amtrak’s Exhibit Train made its first appearance to the Grand Canyon on Aug. 25 to 28 to join in on the centennial festivities. The train, as well as admission to the park, was free to the public during the weekend.

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