Grand Canyon Railway will offer steam train excursions to Grand Canyon National Park six times this summer on a train fueled by waste vegetable oil. The roundtrips from Williams, Arizona, to the park will be offered on May 4, June 1, July 6, Aug. 3 and Sept. 7 and 21.
A 1923 locomotive has been modified to use recycled vegetable oil and reclaimed rain and snow melt in the boiler for steam. Bruce Brossman, director of sales and marketing for the railway, said passengers will hear the same hissing and steam whistle riders heard on steam-powered trains a century ago. “The one big difference,” he said, “is modern day passengers might also get a subtle whiff of French fries from recycled vegetable oil that has been filtered for use in the boiler.”
The railway offers five classes of service on the excursions, beginning at the coach class rate of $75 for adults and $45 for children. For reservations and information, visit thetrain.com.