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ABOVE: No. 3751 is approaching Highway 93 north of Wickenberg, Ariz., on its way home. RIGHT: Grand Canyon 2-8-2 No. 4960 shared the spotlight on its home rails on a trip to the South Rim. TWO PHOTOS, DREW JACKSICH


ployees kept careful watch on 3751’s big drivers for any sign of disengage- ment from the rails. It was 4:35 p.m. when we rolled onto


the Phoenix Sub where we picked up speed for the short run to our next stop at Congress, seven miles north of Wick- enburg. We arrived at the tiny desert town at 5:00 p.m. where we boarded passengers who had arrived by bus from Wickenburg and Phoenix. We de- parted Congress at 7:10 p.m. and soon attained track speed. At last 3751 was able to stretch her legs after 100-plus miles of slow orders. Our scheduled ar- rival into Williams was originally set at 7:00 p.m. but we didn’t actually pull in to Grand Canyon Railway’s depot until way after dark, about 11:35 p.m. A big disappointment for the large


gaggle of railfans hoping for night pho- tos of 3751 was GCRy’s decision to pull the steamer off the train at the wye pri- or to entering the William’s depot. The GCRy folks opted to keep steam away from the public eye for the duration of our stay.


Day 3: Williams To Grand Canyon Vil- lage over the Grand Canyon Railway. Distance: 127 miles, roundtrip


Today was the day everyone was waiting for — a doubleheaded steam train with 3751 and former Burlington


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Mikado 4960 on a special train to the Grand Canyon South Rim! Two photo runbys were planned, one in each di- rection. Amtrak 66 was tucked in be- hind 3751’s tender in order to supply hotel power to the train. Departure was on time at 8:15 a.m.,


just prior to GCRy’s regular morning train to South Rim. After executing a successful photo runby we took the sid- ing at Imbleau to allow the regular run to go by. Our arrival at Grand Canyon Village was at 12:15 p.m.. After waiting for the GCRy’s after-


noon train to depart at 3:30 p.m., our train crew attached the two steam en- gines and we departed at 4:10 p.m.. The second photo runby was executed in perfect light prior to our arrival back in Williams at close to 7:18 p.m. The two steam engines performed flawlessly


but were once again removed at the wye, requiring our train to be pulled in- to the station by Amtrak 66. Day 4 was a layover day to service


the train. For car hosts and many pas- sengers the day was used to go to sight- seeing at one of several destinations.


Day 5: Williams to Parker on the BNSF Railway and Arizona & California. Distance: 256 miles.


Day 5 began our return trip, retrac-


ing our route east. Your author was lucky enough to be excused from car hosting duties on this day to chase the train with noted rail photographer and author Elrond Lawrence. Despite rumors to the contrary (cir- culated by the railfan paparazzi) the Grand Canyon Limited did not depart


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