Globe, Ariz. – All aboard as Arizona Eastern Railway’s (AZER) Copper Spike Train Excursion begins its second season as a passenger train, running from Globe’s historic Broad Street to the Apache Gold Casino Resort, with a grand opening celebration slated for Nov. 7.
Opening day festivities include Mayor Fernando Shipley, The Muleskinners, Arizona Copper Belles and local entertainment
In 2008-2009, Copper Spike’s inaugural season, ridership peaked at over 11,000, with over 300 departures from the historic1916 depot.
The 2009-2010 season, which officially begins on Nov.1, is full of events and promotions through May 2010.
Nov. 1: Copper Spike Opens
Nov. 7: Grand Opening Celebration
Nov. 12-15: Veteran’s Day promotion
Dec. 12: Kick off of Gila Community food bank and Copper Spike food drive weekend – donate a can food item, save up to $5/per person
Dec. 18, 19, 20: North Pole Express
Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve Train
Feb. 13: Romance on the Rails
February: Home tour
March 17: Wear green – Save green
Check the website for seasonal events, information and updates.
Named for the copper mining region served by the AZER, the Copper Spike Train excursion’s 90 minute round trip journey 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.
Passengers can choose seating in a 1950s-era dome car, featuring a glass roof that provides views in all directions, Calumet Club Car, rebuilt to the 1940’s traditional art deco style and luxury, and a 1920’s coach car.
Trains depart from Globe (Thursday to Sunday) at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Adult tickets are $22; seniors $19 and children $12. Group rates are available. To make reservations, call 1-866-979-RAIL (7245). For more information, visit www.copperspike.com. Reservations are recommended.
About the Copper Spike Train Excursion
The Copper Spike Train Excursion, operated by the Arizona Eastern Railway, is Arizona’s newest tourist train operated by diesel locomotives. Daily excursions take travelers on the same historic rails that once connected people traveling cross country nearly 100 years ago.