Ticketing reopens for Trains' Grand Canyon photo safari

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Grand Canyon Railway No. 29 will star in the Oct. 26-27 photo charter.
GCRY: Eric Hadder
WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Because of a group cancellation, tickets are available again for a Trains Magazine-sponsored event Oct. 26-27, 2019, at Grand Canyon Railway featuring 2-8-0 No. 29 in its final appearance before it goes into storage, the magazine and the railroad jointly announced Friday.

The event features the 1906 Alco-built Consolidation that was built to haul iron ore on the Lake Superior & Ishpeming Railroad in Michigan. Grand Canyon Railway purchased the locomotive in 1989 and put it into service in 1990.

The locomotive will pull a train of classic Harriman coaches in Pullman Green to South Rim with multiple photo stops on Saturday, including a dawn silhouette. That evening at a social time for participants, CMO Eric Hadder will give a presentation on the locomotive and the railroad’s operating steam and diesel locomotives and its extensive passenger car fleet. Trains Editor Jim Wrinn will announce the winner of the magazine’s annual preservation award, a grant of $10,000 that goes to a non-profit organization.

On Sunday, Grand Canyon Railway will recreate a busy short line rail yard of the 1950s. There will be a freight train, a passenger train of pre WWII Commuter cars, a 1950s era streamliner, and a mixed consist of both. Grand Canyon Railway has initiated a refurbishment program of the 1923 Pullman cars, which will result in a new paint scheme. So, the days are limited to capture these cars in Pullman Green behind steam. No. 29 will make runbys with freight cars, and Grand Canyon 2-8-2 No. 4960 will make a cameo appearance at Williams before No. 29 heads out on its grand finale on the main line. The railroad also will offer shop tours on Sunday morning.

Tickets, which include all railroad operations and lunch both days, are $600 per person and are limited to 70 customers. To order, call 800-843-8799 or go online at thetrain.com/trains. Customers ordering tickets may also reserve space at the railroad's hotel in Williams at the same time and receive a 20 percent discount.

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