Grand Canyon Railway announced that in 2022 it will run a historic big steam engine that once traveled Grand Canyon’s South Rim.
The news: Grand Canyon Railway will start to run the big steam engine, called #4960, again beginning in 2022.
- The engine was originally built in 1923.
- It weighs about 310 tons.
- The engine — nicknamed “green machine” — is powered with waste vegetable oil and snowmelt.
Details: The engine will begin departing at 9:30 a.m. beginning on the first Saturday from March through October.
- Additional rides will be available on Feb. 21 (President’s Day), April 22 (Earth Day), and Sept. 17 (the anniversary of Grand Canyon Railway).
Flashback: In 2020, the Grand Canyon railway played host to a real-life Polar Express train, which runs through the Southwestern United States, as I reported for the Deseret News.
- The train left from Williams, Arizona, to travel to the North Pole (which was outside of Williams, Arizona, apparently).