steam engine

Scott Temme photo for Xanterra/Grand Canyon Railway

The steam engine changed everything.

It created time zones, kick-started the Industrial Revolution and 150 years ago the Transcontinental Railroad was created, connecting the East and West coast and reducing travel from around five months to about five days.

It opened up the possibilities of exploring destinations all across America, including the South Rim of the Grand Canyon in 1901.

Of the 30,000 built, less than 200 survived, and only a few are still running today, including the Iron Horse on the Grand Canyon Railway.

Grand Canyon Railway announced it will bring out its operational steam locomotive Saturday, Feb. 16 and continuing monthly on the first Saturday from March 2 through Oct. 5.

They will also run a special steam train on Saturday, Sept. 21, which marks Grand Canyon Railway’s 30th Anniversary.

For more details, including departure times and ticketing information, visit:

While the Grand Canyon Railway has two operating steam engines, this year the honors go to #4960, built in 1923 and weighing in at 310 tons.

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