Plenty of steam planned for Grand Canyon’s 2017 season

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Grand Canyon Railway 2-8-2 No. 4960 departs Williams, Ariz., in July 2013.
Michael T. Burkhart
WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Rail fans will have plenty of opportunities to ride behind steam this season at the Grand Canyon Railway in Arizona. The tourist railroad plans to operate steam the first Saturday of each month beginning on March 4, in addition to several holidays and other special events.

The first run of the year will take place on Feb. 18 as the railroad fires up one of its two steam locomotives for a special President’s Day weekend trip on Saturday, Feb. 18. The railroad will also run trips on April 22 in celebration of Earth Day, on Sept. 16 in observation of the railroad’s 116th anniversary and again on Sept. 30 for an annual road race from Grand Canyon to Williams.

The Grand Canyon Railway operates two steam locomotives; Grand Canyon 2-8-2 No. 4960 and Grand Canyon 2-8-0 No. 29. Baldwin Locomotive Works built No. 4960 in 1923 for the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad. Alco built No. 29 in 1906 to haul iron ore trains on the Lake Superior & Ishpeming Railroad in Michigan.

More information is available online.

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