Steam locomotives will pull Grand Canyon Railway trains 11 times this year

PHOENIX — The Grand Canyon Railway has announced 11 dates for 2022 when vintage steam locomotives will ply the way to and from Arizona’s top tourist attraction.

Steam trips are scheduled for the first Saturday of each month from March through October, as well as February 21 for Presidents Day, April 23 for Earth Day, and September 17 for the Grand Canyon Railway’s anniversary. Steam schedule is subject to change.

The Grand Canyon Railway fleet includes two steam locomotives purchased in 1989 that have been restored for limited use over the years.

No. 29 was originally built in 1906 by the American Locomotive Company to haul iron ore trains in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Baldwin Locomotive Works built No. 4960 in 1923 to haul iron ore and other cargo around the Midwest. In 2009 it was converted to run on recycled vegetable oil.

The Grand Canyon Railway operates year-round, offering daily trips from Williams, about 30 miles west of Flagstaff, to the South Rim and back.

The journey takes two hours and 15 minutes each way, with departures at 9:30 am from Williams in January-October and at 8:30 am in November-December.

The schedule allows passengers to spend approximately 3.5 hours at Grand Canyon National Park.

Visit the Grand Canyon Railway website to make reservations and for information on other services, including vacation packages.

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