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The Agawa Canyon Tour Train began operation in 1971, carrying tourists from Sault Ste Marie to the scenic & popular Agawa Canyon. The train operates on the tracks of the Algoma Central Railway (ACR), now owned by Canadian National Railways (CN). The Algoma Central was a regional railway in Northern Ontario operating north from Sault Ste Marie. In addition to the tour train, there is a regular passenger train which operates over the entire length of the line from Sault Ste Marie to Hearst, ON.
Until recently, equipment on the tour train consisted of ex-CN coaches, an ex-Union Pacific dome car and an ex-California Zephyr diner pulled by CN SD75I 4,300 horsepower diesel locomotives. In 2011 the equipment, except for the dining car, has been replaced by former Rio Grande Ski Train coaches. There are no longer any dome cars on the train but there are TV screens in the coaches giving a live forward view, plus the usual big picture windows. Motive power now consists of former Rio Grande Ski Train F40PH 3,000 horsepower diesel locomotives.
As the train leaves the town of Sault Ste Marie, it passes the ACR yards & Algoma Steel corporation at Steelton, the Goulais River near Searchmont, Trout lake, and the spectacular Montreal River trestle at Montreal Falls before descending the Canyon into Agawa Canyon Park.
If you enjoy superb scenery, friendly service & fine dining, then you’ll enjoy a ride on The Agawa Canyon Tour Train.