The Grand Canyon Railway will run a rare all steam (no diesel helper) vintage passenger train as an extra train on Saturday, Sept. 26, from Williams, to the South Rim of The Grand Canyon.
The special train will be powered by Locomotive No. 4960, a 1923 Baldwin (ex CB&Q) and feature two 1930’s Harriman passenger cars and a café car.
The train will depart Williams after the regularly scheduled GCRR train departs for the Grand Canyon. The special train will run the entire 65 miles from Williams to The Grand Canyon, turn at the “Y” at the Grand Canyon to be in position to participate in the “Man vs. Machine” bicycle race, according to a press release.
The Man vs. Machine bike race is an event that last took place 25-years-ago and now it has returned to take on a new group of challengers.
The Grand Canyon Railway steam engine will take on hundreds of intrepid bicyclists on a 54-mile course that will climb 2,023 feet starting at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon to iconic Williams, stated the release.
Round-trip tickets are available for the train, which will depart the Williams Depot on Sept. 26, at 8 a.m.; boarding will take place at 7:45 a.m.
The train will arrive at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon at about 11:30 a.m., stated the release. The train will depart the Grand Canyon at 12:30 p.m., and the race will officially begin at 1 p.m.
Rates will be $75 for adults and $45 for children ages 16 and under., according to the release. Due to servicing of the vintage engine, and quick turnaround, there will be no time at the Grand Canyon for viewing, stated the release.
Because this is a National Park Free Day, no National Park Service fee will be added to the train ticket cost, according to the release.
For more information on the train and to purchase tickets visit www.thetrain.com.