The Scenic Grand Canyon Railway
The Grand Canyon provides a magnificent destination for this classic short line.
Built back in 1901, the Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad built a short line to the rim of the South Rim of the Grand Canyon for tourists.
In addition, in order to house the tourists, they built the famous El Tovar Hotel in 1905 just 20 feet from the rim of the canyon. The views are spectacular.
Quick Facts about ALCO #29
- Train Name:Grand Canyon Railway
- Power type: 2-8-2 locomotive consolidation
- Builder: American Locomotive Company
- Locomotive type: Freight/Passenger
- Year Built: 1901
ALCO locomotive #29 has a history dating back to 1906 when it was built for the Lake Superior & Ishpeming Railroad to haul iron ore.
As of the end of the 2019 season, Locomotive #29 is now inactive and undergoing its federally mandated 15 year repairs.
Let us know if you have ever had the chance to take this excursion. We would love to hear about your experience!