Want to ride a train to the Grand Canyon? Grand Canyon Railway CMO Eric Hadder talks about the trip you’ll experience, the historic nature of their steam locomotives, the return of #29, and how he entered the railroad industry.
Grand Canyon Railway & Hotel
The railway operates a daily train from Williams Arizona to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, traveling over 64 miles of what was once the Santa Fe Railway. Their typical motive power is ex-Amtrak F40PH diesels, but for special occasions they use steam locomotive #4960. The trip includes beautiful scenery, train robberies, and a unique look at the ‘Wild Wild West’. You can ride in one of their coaches, vista domes, or observation cars.
The railway recently announced that it would be restoring ex-Lake Superior & Ishpeming #29 to service as part of celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service. Eric describes the work that will be necessary to have it in operation again.
As a lifelong railfan, Eric discusses how he built his career in the tourist railroad industry. He describes the type of work done for each of the locomotives and passenger cars. One recent addition to the roster ‘Desert View’ will be making its debut run soon, and Eric provides details on its restoration.
To learn more about the Grand Canyon Railway & Hotel, be sure to visit their website.
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