All aboard The Copper Spike Train Excursion, Arizona Eastern Railway’s (AZER) newest passenger train, running from Globe’s historic Main Street to the Apache Gold Casino Resort, starting Dec. 13.
The 25-minute excursion follows the same route that once brought travelers to the “Land of the Apache,” nearly 100 years ago as they traveled from New Orleans to Los Angeles.
“The Copper Spike is the first of its kind to offer a regional transportation link,” said John E. Thomas, vice president of sales and marketing for Copper Spike Train Excursion. “We’re offering residents and tourists a train trip that enhances their experience among the unmatched beauty of the high desert scenery.”
Named for the copper mining region served by the AZER, the Copper Spike Train Excursion departs Thursday through Sunday from the original two-story depot built in 1916.
The depot’s architecture and interior was restored nearly three years ago as part of a grassroots restorative effort.
For passengers, the vintage accents of historic train travel are also available on board.
Passengers can choose seating in a 1950s-era dome car — featuring a glass roof that provides views in all directions — and Calumet Club Car, both on loan from the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad in Southern Colorado.
Trains depart from Globe at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Adult tickets are $20; seniors $15 and children $10.
To make reservations, call (866) 979-RAIL (7245).
For more information, visit www.copperspike.com.