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Grand Canyon Railway will run σteam Engines in 2022

Grand Canyon Railway (Photo credit: Grand Canyon Railway & Hotel).

Riding a main-line steam engine is a rare experience in the U.S.

WILLIAMS, AZ –  One place where romantics, rail enthusiasts, and younger generations can hear, see, smell, and feel the majesty of the Iron Horse is on the Grand Canyon Railway. Of the more than 30,000 steam engines originally built in the United States less than 200 survive today, only a few are still running, and even fewer on everyday passenger railroads (most are on museum lines).

The steam engine changed everything. It created time zones, kick-started the Industrial Revolution, and connected the East and West Coast, vastly reducing travel time across the United States. In 1901 the railroad reached Grand Canyon South Rim, providing access to one of the Seven Natural Wonders of The World and trains still run on the line to this day.

To the delight of many, Grand Canyon Railway has announced that in 2022 it will once again run the big steam engine: #4960. Constructed in 1923 and weighing in at 310 tons the #4960 is a "green machine" and is powered by waste vegetable oil and snowmelt.

Steam is scheduled to pull the 9:30 a.m. departures (at no additional cost) on the first Saturday from March through October as well as on February 21 (President's Day), April 22 (Earth Day), and September 17 (the anniversary of Grand Canyon Railway).

Vicky Karantzavelou
Co-Founder & Chief Editor - TravelDailyNews Media Network | Website

Vicky is the co-founder of TravelDailyNews Media Network where she is the Editor-in Chief. She is also responsible for the daily operation and the financial policy. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Tourism Business Administration from the Technical University of Athens and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Wales.

She has many years of both academic and industrial experience within the travel industry. She has written/edited numerous articles in various tourism magazines.