Steam and Diesels on the Grand Canyon Railway

Last week, I went on a hiking trip with my brother at the Grand Canyon and managed to squeeze in just a little bit of railfanning. Arriving in Grand Canyon Village on July 28, 2022, I was not expecting to see a steam locomotive since no steam trips were on the schedule (normally, Grand Canyon Railway only runs steam the first Saturday of the month). Instead, I was pleasantly surprised to see 2-8-2 #4960 with a train on the track near the Backcountry Information Center. It turned out that they ran a steam charter train that day in addition to the regular diesel-electric powered passenger train from Williams, Arizona. Video and photos are below:

Video

Grand Canyon Railway 2-8-2 4960 shoves her train back to pick up passengers in Grand Canyon Village for the return trip to Williams, AZ on 7/28/2022.

Photos

Grand Canyon Railway 2-8-2 4960 in Grand Canyon Village on 7/28/2022
Grand Canyon F-40PH 237 leads the passenger train at Grand Canyon Village as it prepares to return to Williams, AZ on 7/28/2022.

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