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Grand Canyon Limited

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The Grand Canyon Limited

Los Angeles, CA to Grand Canyon, AZ

May 14-19, 2012

Story and photographs by Richard Elgenson
RailNewsNetwork writer

The 2012 Grand Canyon Limited train trip was put together by the Central Coast Chapter (based in Santa Clara, CA) of the National Railroad Historical Society (NHRS) also known as the Central Coast Railroad Club and Trains & Travel International of Portola, California.  The Central Coast Chapter was responsible for onboard operations and Trains & Travel handled ticket sales.  Each organization had their own responsibilities and shared other workload.  The last time a steam engine pulled trip from Southern California to the Grand Canyon happened was in 2002.  Although the 3751 seems to get out on smaller more local trips, this one was to be 6 days covering 1337 miles through California and Arizona.  This trip was also an Arizona official Centennial event.

From the Trains and Travel International web site "The Grand Canyon Limited will be pulled by the ATSF 3751 4-8-4 steam locomotive from Los Angeles to Williams, Arizona via Parker and return. Additionally our excursion train will double head with the former CB&Q 4960 2-8-2 steam locomotive on the Grand Canyon Railroad between Williams and the South Rim roundtrip.

Photo run-bys will be made on all 5 operating days, freight traffic and timing permitting. This 6 day steam excursion will be operated under contract with Amtrak, BNSF, the Grand CanyonRailway and the Arizona & California Railroad.

Trains & Travel International is the official reservation agent for this excursion. All reservations and ticket sales must be made through us. The Central Coast Railway Club is in charge of the operating portion of this excursion."

The San Bernardino Railroad Historical Society (SBRHS) was happy to be able to run their beautiful restored steam locomotive on this trip.  I was so overjoyed that I joined their group. 

Day 1: Los Angeles, CA to Parker, AZ

Day 2:  Parker, AZ to Williams, AZ

Day 3:Williams to the Grand Caynon AZ

Day 4: Free Day in Williams Arizona

Day 5: Williams, AZ to Parker, AZ

Day 6: Parker, AZ to Los Angeles

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