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Canyon Limited BY KEN RATTENNE/PHOTOS AS NOTED


ABOVE: Santa Fe 3751 approaches the cut through the Harcuvar Mountains near Hope, Ariz., with the excursion in tow. DREW JACKSICH LEFT: The atmosphere is quiet in the dome of Silver Splendor as the Grand Canyon Limited lumbers south towards Parker, Ariz. on Day 1, May 14, 2012. KEN RATTENNE


Day 2: Parker to Matthie on the ARZC, then on to Williams via BNSF’s Peavine line. Distance: 256 Miles.


Departing at 9:48 a.m., the first leg of


to the siding to let 3751 quench her thirst from the Arizona & California Railroad’s (ARZC) well. While filling the tender we received word we were to wait for a westbound ARZC freight to arrive before proceeding south. This set us back an additional 30 minutes. Inside dome Silver Splendor the car’s outside thermometer read 109 degrees; the 20-plus photographers waiting along the railroad looked mighty hot, thirsty and tired. When the ARZC train arrived led by EMD PR30C 3004, we rolled onto the ARZC and around the westbound freight. It was 6:30 p.m. be-


fore we were on our way to Parker, re- stricted by a 15 m.p.h. slow order. The restriction came about from a new FRA rule requiring a railroad to inspect all welded rail joints before a passenger train can operate over the line. That in- spection didn’t take place. Whoops! Needless to say, this delay precluded any chance of a Day 1 photo runby. Our arrival in Parker was at 11:40


p.m. and we quickly offloaded our tired passengers to buses which took them to area hotels. Most of the exhausted crew and car hosts didn’t get to bed until 1:00 a.m.


today’s journey continued on the ARZC as far as Matthie where we switched to BNSF Railway’s Phoenix line, com- monly known as the “Peavine,” for the run to Williams. As we plodded along at 15 m.p.h. we watched as several cars pacing the train were pulled over by the local con- stables for holding up traffic. We were all smiles as we peered out the windows of our train, leaving them in the dusty heat. At the tiny burg of Bouse we an- nounced our first photo runby. While the location and time of day were less than optimal, everyone enthusiastical- ly poured off the cars, formed a photo line and snapped away as 3751 raced by at blistering speeds approaching 20 m.p.h.! It was fun. At Matthie we encountered a 49


minute delay waiting for authorization from BNSF Railway to occupy the Phoenix Sub. We then crept over a lit- tle-used leg of the wye as BNSF em-


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