This program takes a look at both operable steam locomotives on the Grand Canyon Railway: 2-8-0 #29 and 2-8-2 #4960. While #4960 has been the face of the railroad for 2 decades, #29 was returned to service in 2016 after being on display for the previous 8 years. Diesels still handle almost all the trips to the Canyon, but steam is now being used more frequently, with both locomotives featured on special trips throughout the year.
Our coverage starts in February 2017, with a 2-day Lerro Productions photo charter. On February 7th, #29 pulled four of the former Southern Pacific commuter cars from Williams, AZ to the South Rim and return, performing numerous photo runbys en-route. The next morning featured #4960 pulling a 5-car train as far as Coconin; #29 then joined us in the afternoon, and both locomotives doubleheaded back to Williams. There was plenty of snow on the ground near the Canyon, and you'll see lots of spirited runbys on the scenic 64-mile long line.
Then on February 18th, #4960 pulled the first regular steam-powered trip of the year to the Grand Canyon. You'll see #4960 on a cold, windy, and wet day as the locomotive climbs some of the steep grades between Williams and the South Rim. As an added bonus, this program includes footage of Santa Fe 4-8-4 #3751 during a visit to the railroad in May of 2012. We'll take a look back at a doubleheader with #4960 and #3751, which was the last time #3751 ran on this former Santa Fe branch.
Filmed entirely in HD, this video features 40mph running, 3% grades, and the varied scenery of northern Arizona. This program has minimal narration (with the option to turn it on or off) and no distracting music.
In addition to the standard widescreen DVD, this program is also available on HD Blu-ray disc.
Running Time: 75 minutes (plus 10 minutes of previews)