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American Locomotive No 29 - Grand Canyon Railway, Williams, Arizona

Photos by Ben Prepelka
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   Long before paved roads, Grand Canyon hotels and Arizona statehood, the Grand Canyon Railway introduced millions of sightseers Santa Fe Caboose - Grand Canyon Railway, Arizona to one of North America’s greatest marvels. The Grand Canyon train began its first 60 mile journey, from Williams to the South Rim, in 1901. The Fred Harvey Company and his girls pampered Grand Canyon guests on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway.
   Paved highways and independent travelers brought an end to this train service in 1968. But Locomotive 29 - Grand Canyon Railway, Arizona this nostalgic run was reborn in 1989, thanks to Max Biegert. Today’s management, looking for an eco-friendly replacement for a coal-fired locomotive, decided on a plan to power #4960 and #29 with vegetable oil.
   Pictured here is #29, an ALCO locomotive built in 1906, once a regular on the Grand Canyon run. Looking like new, this steam locomotive was restored in 2004, requiring 26,000 man-hours of labor. The SC-3 class engine, weighing in at 185 tons, remains in great shape. The heavy-weight locomotive now rests in semi-retirement as a display engine in front of the Grand Canyon Depot in the Historic District at the South Rim.

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