Updated June 26, 2008Grand Canyon Railway Basics
Bottom Line: A ride on the Grand Canyon Railway is a fun and environmentally friendly way to visit the Grand Canyon – No wait at the gate, no driving and parking problems and, when you are tired after a long day, you'll ride in style, enjoy live music and savor snacks and drinks as you watch the sun slip down over the western prairie.
Address: 233 N. Grand Canyon Blvd., Williams, AZ 86046
Phone: 1-800-843-8724 ( 1-880-THE TRAIN )
In the Beginning
After 20 years of quiet on the railway tracks leading from the small Route 66 town of Williams, Arizona to the Grand Canyon, hope returned and people, once again, became excited about the possibility of traveling to the Grand Canyon by train.
Max and Thelma Biegert, entrepreneurial owners of an Arizona crop dusting business had a vision of a Grand Canyon Railway as a tourist attraction and put their money to work building the dream. In the process, abandoned depots were restored and 65 miles of weather-beaten track was rebuilt, including the bridges that were to carry the railroad. In 1989, the Grand Canyon railway opened, with a marvelous steam engine as the main attraction.
Since then, Max and Thelma’s railroad vision has done nothing but grow. A beautiful hotel brings visitors to the grounds both before and after their train experience and recently, a state of the art RV park was opened to accommodate even the largest of recreational vehicles. And, when RV’ers are riding the Grand Canyon Railway or staying overnight away from their rolling homes, the railway’s new Pet Resort can take care of their dog or cat.
Grand Canyon Railway – Always Something New
The beautifully restored vintage cars and engines continue to multiply as well. In the Summer of 2006 the railway added 14 1950’s stainless steel commuter cars which were a welcome relief to those who wanted to save money by riding coach class but didn’t exactly want to go without air conditioning. The railway’s Pullman Coach Class cars, some of which are close to 100 years old, still give riders a taste of yesteryear during the summer months.
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