In Brief : Grand Canyon Train May Run Again

From Times staff and wire service reports

A plan to revive steam train passenger service to the Grand Canyon has won tentative approval from the National Park Service, provided its operators can show that it will reduce automobile traffic.

Grand Canyon Railway announced Tuesday that it plans to establish service over the 64 miles between Grand Canyon Village on the south rim and Williams, a town of 2,400 near Flagstaff. The line was built in 1901, and passenger service was halted in 1968. The company also hopes to build a hotel and Old West theme park at Williams, said Robert Roth, Grand Canyon Railway president and chief operating officer.