The Southern Appalachia Railway Museum announces a series of special train rides covering all of the available trackage on the Arizona Eastern Railway, using a special operation of the Copper Spike Train Excursion. Come join us as we ride over the former Globe and Clifton Branches of the Southern Pacific in the copper country of eastern Arizona. Here is your chance to ride all of these lines in only one visit to the area so come ride with us in comfort (we will only sell 60% of the train's tickets) in dome and lounge cars.
The Southern Appalachia Railway Museum is based in the Knoxville-Oak Ridge, Tennessee, area and operates the Secret City Scenic Excursion Train through the former K-25 Manhattan Project facility.
Equipment: All of the equipment used on the trip will be supplied by the Arizona Eastern Railway and its Copper Spike Train Excursion offices. The train will consist of a full-length dome, an open window coach, and a lounge observation car. The equipment has been restored for modern use but may not be fully accessible for all passengers. Steps and narrow aisles may make it difficult for some people. Because of the cars' historical design, passengers needing special assistance are asked to make arrangements on their own for physical help. Please note that dome seating will not be assigned and will be open to all passengers. Passengers will be asked to rotate through the dome throughout the day.
On-Board Services: Snacks, drinks and souvenirs will be available for sale on the train. You may also bring your own food with you. However, NO alcohol is allowed on these trips. To ensure adequate space on the cars, passengers are encouraged to carry only small bags or coolers. Coolers and bags must fit overhead or under seats to keep the aisles clear. Please note that meals are NOT included in the ticket price. See section below on Food and Drinks for information on lunch options.
Schedule of Events:
Sunday, April 5, 2009 - Globe Branch - Bowie (AZ) to
Miami (AZ) by bus, return by train
8:00 am - Depart by bus for Miami (AZ) from Central Avenue crossing Bowie (AZ)
11:00 am - Arrive at Miami (AZ)
11:30 am - Train departs Miami (AZ)
7:00 pm - Arrive at Bowie (AZ) - 135 miles total
Monday, April 6, 2009 - Clifton Branch roundtrip Lordsburg
(NM) to Clifton (AZ) by train
9:00 am - Train departs from downtown Duncan (AZ)
10:00 am - Turn at Lordsburg (NM)
1:00 pm - Arrive at Clifton (AZ)
2:00 pm - Depart from Clifton (AZ)
5:30 pm - Arrive at Duncan (AZ) - 140 miles total
Hotels and Local Transportation: Passengers are expected to make their own hotel reservations and accommodations to get to and from the train. Numerous hotels are available in the area.
Willcox (Bowie), New Mexico
Best Western Plaza Inn, 1100 W Rex Allen Drive, Willcox, AZ, 85643, (520) 384-3556, www.bestwestern.com
Days Inn, 724 N. Bisbee Ave., Willcox, AZ, 85643, (520) 384-4222, www.daysinn.com
Holiday Inn Express, 1251 N Virginia Ave., Willcox, AZ, 85643, 520-384-3333, www.IHG.com
Motel 6, 921 N Bisbee Willcox, AZ, 85643, (520) 384-2202, www.motel6.com
Super 8 Motel, 331 N Haskell Ave., Willcox, AZ, 85643, (520) 384-3270, www.super8.com
Royal Western Lodge, 590 S. Haskell, Willcox, AZ, 85643, (520) 384-2266
Lordsburg, New Mexico
Best Western Western Skies Inn, 1303 South Main Street, Lordsburg, NM, 88045, (575) 542-8807, www.bestwestern.com
Comfort Inn & Suites, Wabash Avenue & Main Street, Lordsburg, NM, 88045, (575) 542-3355, www.comfortinn.com
Days Inn And Suites, 1426 W. Motel Dr., Lordsburg, NM, 88045, (505) 542-3600, www.daysinn.com
Economy Inn, 101 S Main St., Lordsburg, NM, 88045, (575) 542-8821
Super 8 Motel, 110 E. Maple, Lordsburg, NM, 88045, (575) 542-8882, www.super8.com
Best Western Desert Inn, 1391 Thatcher Blvd., Safford, AZ, 85546, (928) 428-0521, www.bestwesternarizona.com/safford-hotels/
Budget Inn, 1215 Thatcher Blvd., Safford, AZ, 85546, (928) 428-7850
Days Inn, 530 E. Hwy. 70, Safford, AZ, 85546, (928) 428-5000, www.daysinn.com
Econo Lodge, 225 E. Hwy. 70, Safford, AZ, 85546, (928) 348-0011
Rodeway Inn, 2919 Highway 70, Thatcher, AZ, 85552, (928) 428-0733, www.rodewayinn.com
Super 8 Motel, 1578 W. Thatcher Blvd., Safford, AZ, 85546, (928) 428-5851, www.super8.com
Food and Drinks: We will have snacks and non-alcoholic drinks available for sale on the train both days.
Sunday - Because of the long bus ride and the difficulty in bringing food with you, on Sunday, April 5th, we will have Domino's deliver an optional lunch to us at Globe for those that wish it. Your meal options are either Domino's new sandwiches or their traditional single-topping large pizza. The price for each is $6. If you wish to order any food, please let us know your choice by March 28th. Please also plan on paying in cash (exact change appreciated) the day of the trip. Please, no special orders or changes. Remember, you are free to bring your own food onto the train.
OVEN-BAKED SANDWICHES - $6
Philly Cheese Steak - Tender slices of Steak, Premium American & Provolone cheeses, and Onions, Green Peppers & Mushrooms all layered on an Artisan Italian Bread and baked to a perfect golden brown.
Chicken Parm - Tender cuts of Seasoned All White Meat Chicken Breast, Tomato Basil Marinara, and Premium Parmesan-Asiago & Provolone Cheeses all loaded on an Artisan Italian Bread and baked to a perfect golden brown.
Italian - Slice after slice of Pepperoni, Genoa Salami, & Ham are topped with Banana Peppers, Green Peppers & Onions, and Premium Provolone Cheese and are then layered on an Artisan Italian Bread and baked to a perfect golden brown.
Chicken Bacon Ranch - Tender cuts of Seasoned All White Meat Chicken Breast, Smoked Bacon, Creamy Ranch, and Premium Provolone Cheese all loaded on an Artisan Italian Bread and baked to a perfect golden brown.
Veggie Sandwich - Made with Premium American & Provolone cheeses, and Onions, Green Peppers, Mushrooms & Black Olives all layered on an Artisan Italian Bread and baked to a perfect golden brown.
LARGE HAND TOSSED PIZZAS - $6
The traditional, hand-engineered crust that started it all. One topping large (14"). The topping choices are:
Monday - On Sunday, April 6th, we will be making a stop of about one hour in Clifton to photo the train and let the power run around the train. During this time, you will be able to buy lunch at the American Legion Post next to the train station at the end of track. Lunch will be $6 including coffee and water. Soft drinks and beer will be extra. Their lunch is a Mexican selection. You will pay as you get your meal. Please let us know by March 28th whether you will be eating with the American Legion so we can give them a head count.
Further Information: This train is operated for the education, entertainment and enjoyment of the passengers and as a fundraising activity for SARM. It will run rain or shine. The train is not a part of the regular operations of the railroads involved, therefore, the Arizona Eastern Railway and the Copper Spike Train Excursion cannot be held responsible for delays or changes in the equipment or itinerary. The operators cannot be held responsible for problems associated with connecting transportation, lodging, sickness, weather, acts of war, acts of God, or other causes beyond our control. The same holds true for the Southern Appalachia Railway Museum and any other non-profit or for-profit organization assisting with these trips. Tickets are non-refundable but can be resold. Remember, this is a volunteer-operated educational and fund-raising event, please assist us as you can. Please contact the Southern Appalachia Railway Museum with any questions that you might have. E-mail is preferred at: email@example.com. If you want to send a written question, send it to SARM 2009 Copper Cities Limited, c/o Barton Jennings, P.O. Box 620, Avon, IL 61415. Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope with any correspondence.
Ticket Price:: Tickets are sold on a daily basis. There are no reduced fares for children or senior citizens.
$220 Sunday, April 5 - Globe Branch - Bowie (AZ) to Miami (AZ) by bus, return by train
$220 Monday, April 6 - Clifton Branch roundtrip Lordsburg (NM) to Clifton (AZ) by train
$10 Hard copy mailing fee
Tickets: Tickets for the COPPER CITIES LIMITED are limited so make your reservations early. Print out the ticket order form and mail along with a check or money order made out to SARM 2009 Copper Cities Limited, to SARM 2009 Copper Cities Limited, c/o Barton Jennings, P.O. Box 620, Avon, IL 61415. Please include your e-mail address as your tickets and trip brochure will be e-mailed to you. If you want a paper copy mailed to you, please check the appropriate box and add $10 to your payment. Note: All ticket orders must be received no later than March 28.
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