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Man vs. Machine III
September 30, 2017

The Race is On for a Third Year!

This September 30th, prepare yourself for an unforgettable event in Northern Arizona! Grand Canyon Railway will race a special excursion train pulled by historic steam locomotive No. 4960 against hundreds of cycling enthusiasts of varying skill levels from around the world. You and your family can be a part of this momentous occasion with your tickets to ride on board our steam-powered race train. Ticket prices are just $59 per adult and $29 per child (not including tax). Saturday, September 30th is also a Fee Free Day at Grand Canyon National Park, so no entrance fees will apply to this excursion!

Excursion Train Details

We’ve taken this opportunity to provide fans of Grand Canyon Railway a standalone steam excursion train in Northern Arizona!

Train Accommodations

September 30, 2017 | Departing 6:30am
Adults: $59 | Children (age 2-15): $29

Included in your ticket price:

  • Round-trip travel to and from Grand Canyon National Park behind a vintage steam locomotive in our classic Pullman cars.
  • The Race Train will be pulled only by a steam locomotive – no Diesel helper.
  • The Race Train will park close to Maswik Lodge & Food Court from the time of arrival until departure at 10:15am.
    During this time all passengers will be permitted to disembark for Grand Canyon sight-seeing.
  • The Café Car will be on board offering snacks, ice cream, soft drinks, and adult beverages for purchase.
  • Due to the age of our vintage Pullman passenger cars, the Race Train is not able to offer ADA-compliant passenger accommodations.
  • Tickets for this special event are not available online, only by calling us toll-free at 1-800-THE-TRAIN

Classic Pullman Passenger Cars

You’ll be riding round-trip in one of our classic 1920’s-era Pullman cars. These cars once served commuters in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 50 years before entering service as the original Coach Class cars on the Grand Canyon Line in 1989. Each of these restored beauties seats 88 passengers, and feature windows that open to let in the breeze (and the unmistakable smell of the smoke stack) as the Train traverses the rails.

Bicycle Race Information & Registration

Hundreds of men and women will test their manpower vs. our horsepower!

  • The race begins on Highway 64 in Tusayan and travels approximately 53 miles South with the finish line at the intersection of 2nd Street and Historic Route 66, adjacent to the Grand Canyon Railway Depot.
  • The event is completely permitted by the Arizona Department of Transportation and will have traffic control on the entire route. The route will be monitored by law enforcement from the Coconino County Sherriff’s Department, Arizona Highway Patrol and the Williams Police Department.
  • You can ride any type of bike as long as you can ride it safely in large groups. Recumbents and handbikes are acceptable types of bikes. Aerobars are NOT allowed in the Man vs Machine event.
  • Registration packet pickup will be available 4:30pm-7:00pm on Friday September 29th, 2017 & 6:00am-8:30am on Saturday September 30th, 2017 at the Williams Visitors Center Parking Lot @ Babbitt/Polson Warehouse Stage in downtown Williams. Williams Visitor Center – 200 W Railroad Ave, Williams, AZ 86046. Or right before the race start (not recommended) at the start line in Tusayan in the Parking lot of The Grand Hotel from 9:30am-10:45am on  Saturday, September 30th.
  • It’s a national park fee free date so there is no additional cost to get into Grand Canyon National Park.