Grand Canyon Railway

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One of the most exciting tourist railroads in the United States is the Grand Canyon Railway located in northern Arizona.

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One of the most exciting tourist railroads in the United States is the Grand Canyon Railway located in northern Arizona. Operating on a line originally opened by the Santa Fe in 1901, it offers the unique combination of great scenery, exquisitely maintained steam and diesel motive power, vintage passenger cars, and high speed running. You’ll follow the daily Williams Flyer excursion train pulled by 2-8-2 steam engine 4960, which was thoroughly rebuilt in Grand Canyon’s own shops.

You’ll also ride in the cab of Alco FPA-4 diesel 6773 as it pulls another Williams Flyer to the Canyon. Then it’s a special Railfan Weekend featuring a doubleheader with 4960 and 2-8-0 engine 18. You’re trackside for all the photo runbys and onboard for a ride in the cab of engine 18. On the return trip, 4960 takes the siding with the railfan special while the 18 and 6773 roar past with the Williams Flyer. Visits to the railway’s locomotive shop, it’s museum in the former Harvey House at Williams, and the historic El Tovar Hotel at the Canyon’s rim round out your tour of this fascinating railroad!

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3 reviews for Grand Canyon Railway

  1. Lloyd

    Enjoyed the movie overall. I had hoped to see a bit more of the Grand Canyon itself. The movie is more for the Tourist interest more than the Railfan. The Steam runbys are interesting, but maybe a little to much depending on a persons interest of Steam trains. It did not excite me to the point where I would want to make a special trip the region, but if ever in Arizona, may consider a trip on the Train.

  2. rickyfreni

    In this program we start with a look at the main canyon itself. The station was built in 1910. As 4960 arrives, a couple of deer are shown at the tracks enjoying their walk until the interrupted noise of the smoking beast is getting louder and louder. The observation car came from the Canadian National, domeliner 2094 coconino was built for northern pacific and Amtrak, and the main 4 coaches were built for the Southern Pacific.

    The following day, a former Canadian National/Via Alco FPA-4 number 6773 from 1959 is operating the all-day trip to the south rim of the canyon. Behind the Alco is chopped nosed GP7 number 2134 which was built for the Santa Fe. Some cab scenes onboard the alco is included as more coaches are being restored and repainted. After passing willaha and Anita, the diesels are climbing Apex grade between mileposts 45.7 and 52. This is the longest grade on the Grand Canyon line. 15 minutes down the right of way, coconino Canyon is between mileposts 54 and 58.1.

    The next day, another look at the Williams depot is included, which contains another look at engine 20 built in 1910 as well as engine 29 built in 1906, a Jordan spreader from 1915, and 4960’s original CB&Q tender. The original tender was to small and rusty. At the main shops while 4960 is getting some service is Engine 18 also built in 1910. The following day, a photo runby was performed at Pitt Arizona near milepost 6.5. Cab scenes on 4960 during the back up move is shown.

    All in all, this show is a great look at what the American Southwest has to offer for both Railfans and tourists alike. Of course 4960 is still operating even to this day, while some of the other engines in this program have since been moved to different railroads.

  3. Mike

    This is a most interesting and highly informative production and DVD for this topic. The photography and narrative is first class and all true steam rail fans will not be disappointed in the least. A must buy for the steam engine die hard fan.

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