Old 03-08-2011, 04:34 AM   #1
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Default Grand Canyon Steam is BACK!

For those who thought steam trains to the Grand Canyon were a thing of the past, take note of the Grand Canyon's Steam Train website!

https://www.thetrain.com/grand-canyo...team-7275.html

In summary - there will be 4 weekends utilizing former CB&Q #4960 as power on short 8 mile round trip runs and two trips all the way to the Canyon.

The four short trips are actually 4 miles each way, 8 miles round trip.
The 2 other trips to the Canyon should be well patronized and we should be greatful that the program was not terminated. Your patronage will justify the future of the steam program.

Unfortunately, for those with a desire to chase and photograph the line, those trips will be near impossible to photograph due to poor access and high track speeds.

FORTUNATELY - for those who wish to photograph the line AND support the steam program (!), Lerro Productions will be sponsoring a 2 day and one night PHOTOCHARTER on May 14th and 15th utilizing #4960 SOLO with both freight and passenger train with sunrise and sunset photographing opportunities.

All proceeds benefit the steam program.

This was announced to regular patrons fisrt but there are still a few tickets available (and necessary) to make this a go.

Keep in mind that this may (?) be the last year 4960 will run due to its 1472/15 year expiring this year.

Click here for details:
http://www.lerroproductions.com/grandcanyoncharter.html


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Old 03-08-2011, 02:01 PM   #2
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For those who thought steam trains to the Grand Canyon were a thing of the past, take note of the Grand Canyon's Steam Train website!

https://www.thetrain.com/grand-canyo...team-7275.html

In summary - there will be 4 weekends utilizing former CB&Q #4960 as power on short 8 mile round trip runs and two trips all the way to the Canyon.

The four short trips are actually 4 miles each way, 8 miles round trip.
The 2 other trips to the Canyon should be well patronized and we should be greatful that the program was not terminated. Your patronage will justify the future of the steam program.

Unfortunately, for those with a desire to chase and photograph the line, those trips will be near impossible to photograph due to poor access and high track speeds.

FORTUNATELY - for those who wish to photograph the line AND support the steam program (!), Lerro Productions will be sponsoring a 2 day and one night PHOTOCHARTER on May 14th and 15th utilizing #4960 SOLO with both freight and passenger train with sunrise and sunset photographing opportunities.

All proceeds benefit the steam program.

This was announced to regular patrons fisrt but there are still a few tickets available (and necessary) to make this a go.

Keep in mind that this may (?) be the last year 4960 will run due to its 1472/15 year expiring this year.

Click here for details:
http://www.lerroproductions.com/grandcanyoncharter.html


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I wish it wasn't so far away, because I would love to go. The 4960 is one of my favorite steam engines. I hope that anyone who goes will come back with some great pictures.
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Old 03-09-2011, 02:14 AM   #4
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I wish it wasn't so far away, because I would love to go. The 4960 is one of my favorite steam engines. I hope that anyone who goes will come back with some great pictures.
Jake, if you love steam engines, there are times when you have to throw caution and procrastination to the wind. I've always wanted to attend an Indy 500.....I'm 50-something and I haven't made it yet. But when I heard they were going to run Sierra #3...the engine that got me interested in steam 47 years ago......out in California last year, I got on the airline website and booked a ticket. It was a trip I will never regret....I ended up getting a cab ride.

The Indy 500 will likely be run year after year but if your favorite steam engine is running now, you'd better go see it now. There is absolutely no guarantee it will be there when you decide you're good and ready to go.
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Jake, if you love steam engines, there are times when you have to throw caution and procrastination to the wind. I've always wanted to attend an Indy 500.....I'm 50-something and I haven't made it yet. But when I heard they were going to run Sierra #3...the engine that got me interested in steam 47 years ago......out in California last year, I got on the airline website and booked a ticket. It was a trip I will never regret....I ended up getting a cab ride.

The Indy 500 will likely be run year after year but if your favorite steam engine is running now, you'd better go see it now. There is absolutely no guarantee it will be there when you decide you're good and ready to go.
Great advice! Unfortunately, it will be a couple of years until I will be able to do that. I can't drive yet and there is no way I could ever afford a trip like that even if I could. However, in the next couple of years I will definitely go on some short trips during summers and weekends while I will still have the luxury of having long breaks.

Luckily for me, I've had very understanding parents and we have went on trips to chase steam trains a couple of times per year. If for some reason I can get my parents to go on a trip to the Grand Canyon this year, you can be sure I will be chasing the 4960!
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Old 03-12-2011, 04:38 AM   #6
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Just got word that #4960's time expires in September (actually June but they got a waiver good through September, 2011).

This year may be the last chance to see #4960 run...

A few tickets still remain!

http://www.lerroproductions.com/grandcanyoncharter.html

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