a bench with a view

a bench with a view

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Railway

A/Z Theme - Sights and Sites of Arizona

R - Railway

Specifically, the Grand Canyon Railway that runs from Williams, Arizona to the Grand Canyon.

The trip takes just over 2 hours one way.  The train leaves about 9:30 in the morning and has you at the Grand Canyon just around 11:30 a.m.  You have about 4-1/2 hours at the Grand Canyon, leaving around 4 p.m. to return to Williams at around 6 p.m.



We have done this train trip twice and for someone's first visit to the Grand Canyon, without having to worry about the hassle of finding a parking place, etc., it is well worth the money.  You get dropped off right below the El Tovar Hotel (see E).  There are steps to walk up; I'm thinking they must provide some type of service if you are disabled and can't do the steps to the get to the top.



As part of the trip, they do simulate a train robbery with the bad guys being captured by the sheriff of long ago days.  It is a cute adventure when they board the train and the action is carried out.





We were up in Williams in October, right as the trees were changing.  Again, a very fun adventure if you are in the area and want to visit the Grand Canyon.

Have you been on a train ride like this?

48 comments:

Cynthia said...

That is a pretty view with the Japanese maple trees in front of the train.

I hope they warn the passengers before the pretend robbery is about to happen!

Natasha Duncan-Drake said...

There is the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway not far from us and I remember going on it as a child. There's also a puffer train down where we used to holiday in Minehead. It was a single track and to make sure only one engine could be on the line at a time they used to carry a baton, like in a relay :) Very sophisticated ;) That one was all run by volunteers.
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Sally said...

I love steam trains and we are lucky to have one quite local to us. We went on the dining car with a Sherlock Holmes themed mystery.

lyndagrace said...

I want to go on that trip!

Intense Guy said...

I want to go on that trip too!

Maria Zannini said...

My mother took that trip. She had a blast. She even had her picture taken with the train robbers when it was over.

Jo said...

I would love to do that train trip. Sounds fun. We have a canyon here which is worth a visit too, although not as magnificent as the Grand Canyon.

Bijoux said...

My husband and I wanted to do that ride on our last trip to the canyon, but our kids didn't want to because they were "tired of train rides." Ridiculous, right? So, yes, we've done a lot of train rides. And I do the Bike and Ride every summer in our national park. I can hear the train's whistle throughout the day at our house. Love trains!

Nia Kenzie said...

This is so cool. I've been the Grand Canyon a few times but never the train. This is something my son would really enjoy!
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I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

It sounds like a great adventure. I've always wanted to travel on a train. I've never been on one unless a train ride at an amusement park counts.

Pat Hatt said...

That would be fun to go on indeed. Been on a subway but not a train.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Cynthia's comment made me laugh. They had BETTER warn everyone about that pretend robbery. Don't want an innocent actor getting tazed or maced. Or punched. Anyway this sounds like a lot of fun and I would love to take a ride like this one day. Plus I don't drive so double convenient.

Wendy said...

That sounds like fun. I've been on the Cass steam railroad train for a scenic ride in West Virginia, but there was no train robbery.

Kathleen Valentine said...

Sounds like some great street theater with that train robbery. I've been on a few "train adventures" and always meet such nice people.

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Linda said...

Fun adventure! You've really done a lot of neat things in Arizona! Only been on trains in Germany and seen a gunfight re-created in Deadwood. I've dreamed about taking the Empire Builder out West.

cleemckenzie said...

I have taken some train ride to and from a place in a day, but not this one. It sounds like something I'd really enjoy doing. Thanks for the description.

Lynn Proctor said...

Sounds charming!

Lynn Proctor said...

Sounds charming!

Keiths Ramblings said...

I love steam trains. I have happy memories of riding on the footplate when I was a kid and shovelling the coal and blowing the whistle. Can't imagine those Health and Safety spoil-sports allowing it today!

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joeh said...

Sounds like a good way to visit.

J.L. Weigt said...

This sounds like a great trip, if I ever make it over that way, I'll be sure to look into visiting the Grand Canyon this way! :)

Liz A. said...

What a great way to see the Grand Canyon. I had no idea this existed.

Liuba said...

I would love to have a ride with a such train. Vintage is for me hehehe. Lovely post! Liuba x

Megan Whitson Lee said...

I've never been on a train ride like that, but we have Tweetsie Railroad in Cherokee, NC, and I remember riding that as a kid. My husband always raves about the Grand Canyon.

Anoosha said...

Beautiful Pictures. Sounds like an Interesting ride.

TARYTERRE said...

There is nothing more relaxing and joyful than taking a train ride. This one looks like fun. Especially the cowboy part.

Paula Kaye said...

Richard would have loved this!! We did the train in Colorado but when we visited the Grand Canyon we were with friends and didn't do the train ride. I wish we would have!

Mevely317 said...

I want to do this!!!

T. A. Miles said...

I travel by train regularly, but merely to get from Point A to Point B in the winter when I don't want to drive(and I'm not flying). I would really enjoy a trip like the Grand Canyon one. We have an Old Days style of train ride nearby on a much smaller scale that follows a scenic old route.

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Thea O'Brian said...

My father in law always said not to live near the railroad tracks. If you do, you have a big family. Oops!
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Ruth said...

Sounds fun!

Joy said...

Very picturesque!

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jack69 said...

Now I can see that is a great day trip!

Denise said...

I traveled Detroit to Utah by train and also Glacier to Chicago. I have photos of the train from my trip to Williams.

shortybear said...

awesome

Medeia Sharif said...

I've been to the Grand Canyon, but didn't know about this train. I love train rides.

Aneeta said...

These are some extraordinarily pretty photos. Thanks for sharing them.

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Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

What fun! I would love to do this.

Saraallie said...

Heyyyyyyyyyy!
Here I am finally getting the chance to catch up with my A to Z reading! :D
This train ride sounds fun, especially the little cool detail they've added with the simulation. All the pictures look so classic :D
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Elizabeth said...

We saw brochures for the train ride and thought it looked interesting. A simulated train robbery would make the ride more fun :)

Birgit said...

This sounds like a wonderful experience and love the fall for the colours. I have been on trains and love train rides but nothing like this.

Veronica Lee said...

I want to go on that trip!

Karen R said...

I've never done this, but it looks like great fun. Love those red-leafed trees.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I think that sounds like fun. I would like to try that someday. Hope your have a nice weekend.....Debby

Sharon Himsl said...

I like this relaxing way to see the Grand Canyon I want to go too. All the best:)

The Brown Recluse (TBR) said...

I've been on train rides where they had little scenes they acted out...but oh, oh, oh! I want to do this one!!

Sunni said...

Betty,

That sounds like a really fun trip! Those trees are magnificent!

The only train ride I've ever been on was Amtrak from Oceanside, CA to Houston, TX. It was almost three days of stopping at every little burg along the way. I could write a small book about that experience.

Kat said...

I was SO excited to read this post because we JUST did this! It was so much fun. And the RV park at the railway is amazing. I would definitely recommend the train as the way to get to the Grand Canyon. Fantastic!