NOTE: AS OF JUNE 2013, THE COPPER STRIKE RAILWAY SERVICE IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE
This is the recently refurbished "Copper Spike Arizona Eastern Railway" station at Globe, Arizona. The Gila Valley, Globe, and Northern Railway Station (Southern Pacific Station, Arizona Eastern Station), was built in 1916 and was a prominent train depot from construction to close in 1950's, and is now a museum. Before it was restored, I heard the building was used as a laundromat!
The restoration of the historic railroad buildings began with the freight office in 2005, followed by the passenger lobby, beginning in 2007. Historic Globe Main Street Program volunteers put in countless hours recovering the lobby space. The freight office and lobby have won state preservation and economic restructuring awards. Make sure you come visit the beautiful railway station lobby when you visit Globe.
INFORMATION FROM THE COPPER SPIKE EASTERN RAILWAY WEBSITE:
All aboard the Copper Spike, Arizona Eastern Railway’s newest passenger train service, running roundtrips and one-ways from historic Broad Street in Globe, Arizona.
Named for the copper mining region served by the railway, the Copper Spike departs Thursdays through Sundays from the original two-story depot built in 1916 and travels to the Apache Gold Casino Resort . The 25-minute excursion follows the same route that once brought travelers to the “Land of the Apache,” nearly 100 years ago as they traveled from New Orleans to Los Angeles.
Aboard the Copper Spike passengers can choose seating in a 1950s-era dome car – featuring a glass roof that provides views in all directions – coach cars or the restored Calumet Club car.
The full-length dome cars were built in 1954 for the Santa Fe Railway and were used on luxury long-distance trains. They feature seating for 66 passengers on the upper level, with a 22-seat dining area on the lower level. These cars are air-conditioned and restroom-equipped. Due to the dome stairs, they are not wheelchair-accessible. Seating is open.
The Calumet Club car was built as coach for Illinois Central Railroad in 1918, and later rebuilt into an observation- lounge car in 1947 and features art deco styling with luxury and comfort.
These coaches were built by Pullman in the mid-1950’s for the Long Island Railroad and carried daily commuters into Manhattan. They are air-conditioned and restroom-equipped.
Seniors (60 & over) $15.00
Children (12 & under) $10.00
For tickets, please call 1-866-979-RAIL (7245)
or visit www.CopperSpike.com or stop by the depot at 230 S. Broad Street, Globe, Arizona. The Copper Spike trips run Thursday through Sunday.