The Arizona Centennial Commission has declared that the “Grand Canyon Limited” is now an Official Event of the 2012 Arizona Celebrations and the Santa Fe 3751 steam locomotive will run a 6 day steam train ride May 14-19 to the Grand Canyon.
Operating plans call for the Grand Canyon Limited to be pulled by ATSF 3751, the first of 65 BLW 4-8-4 steam locomotives delivered to the Santa Fe beginning in 1927, from Los Angeles to Arizona via Parker and return.
Additional operating plans call for a round-trip doubleheader operation with the former BLW CB&Q No.4960, a 1923 2-8-2 steam locomotive, on the Grand Canyon Railroad between Williams and the Grand Canyon South Rim.
There will also be several photo run-by opportunities on all 5 operating days, all dependent of course on local freight traffic and permitting there is enough time. This 6 day steam excursion will be operated under contract with Amtrak, BNSF, Grand Canyon and the Arizona & California Railroads.
Early reservations have been steady, with some first class services already booked up. So if you have not booked your seat yet, many different options are still available to meet most everyone’s needs and desires for an enjoyable experience. Both Los Angeles and Phoenix options offer folks a chance to ride for just one day. For reservations and accommodations, go to: http://www.traintrips.biz/grand-canyon-limited.html
Santa Fe 3751 Steam Locomotive Excursion at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles, CA
Saturday May 12 National Train Day. The Santa Fe 3751 will be on display at Los Angeles Union Station for all to view and photograph.
- It’s a Grand Canyon! (findingaz.wordpress.com)
- Santa Fe 3751 to run May 2012 Grand Canyon excursions (therailroadnation.com)