The expanse of the Northland of Arizona is quite apparent here between the stations of Valle and Willaha on the Grand Canyon Railway. This stretch of the GCRy is a stark contrast to the sky scraping Ponderosa that cover the North and South ends of the line.
With her back against the wall before her tube time expires this week, Trains Magazine chartered the Grand Canyon Railway and made the star of the show the ex-Lake Superior and Ishpeming Consolidation. Charging into Millers Wash, the lowest point of the Grand Canyon Railway, we find the 29 on her final trip to the South Rim.
With the tube time out on the 29, her future is uncertain, as it now rests with Xantera’s Corporate Office in Denver (the current owner of the GCRy). Meanwhile, a good time was had on this beautiful Saturday in the Northland of Arizona.
The Grand Canyon Railroad, operating a 64-miles former Santa Fe branch to the eponymous natural wonder, is one of the best tourist railroads in the United States. It operates both steam and diesel locomotives.