Steam returns to Grand Canyon Railway for nine days in 2018

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Grand Canyon Railway No. 4960 will operate in 2018. Steam will be on the railroad for nine days, including doubleheaders.
Matt C. Batryn Rodriguez
WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Steam will be back in 2018 at Arizona’s Grand Canyon Railway with operations set for the first Saturday of each month starting March 3 and going through Oct. 6, the railroad tells Trains Newswire. Trains run from Williams to the Grand Canyon’s South Rim, a round trip of almost 130 miles.
Grand Canyon’s steam program is unique in its attention to environmental issues. The railroad changed oil-burning 2-8-0 No. 29 and 2-8-2 No. 4960 from fuel oil to burn waste vegetable oil, the stuff of French fries and fried shrimp. The railroad also uses reclaimed rain water and snow melt for the boilers. Says the railroad, “Not only do the old steam engines tread very lightly on the environment, the Grand Canyon Railway became the first tourist railway in the United States to receive ISO 14001 third-party certification of its environmental management system after a two-year process involving complete review, development and implementation of environmental initiatives in all of its operations.” No. 29 is a former Lake Superior & Ishpeming Railroad locomotive, and No. 4960 began life as a Burlington Route Mikado.
One or sometimes both of the engines will also operate on special dates in 2018 including the following Saturdays, March 3, April 7, May 5, June 2, July 7, Aug. 4, Sept. 1, and Oct. 6. Additional operations will take place on Feb. 17, Presidents’ Day; April 21, Earth Day; and Sept. 15, the railroad’s anniversary.
Daily trains, usually powered by diesel engines except on the dates above, leave Williams at 9:30 a.m. and arrive steps from the South Rim of Grand Canyon at 11:45 a.m. The train departs the Grand Canyon at 3:30 p.m. returning to Williams at 5:45 p.m.
Grand Canyon Railway also offers hotel and accommodations packages.
It is estimated that traveling by train to Grand Canyon takes around 70,000 cars each year out of the national park, further helping tread lighting on the environment.
For additional information on all train schedules, including the steam engines, visit or call 1-800-THE TRAIN (843-8724).

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