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Grand Canyon Railway

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As part of our Arizona Route 66 trip we stopped for a couple of nights in Williams AZ. Way before setting off from the UK I had been looking at places along R66 to stay and to visit.

There is a long list of places in the various Route 66 guide books and of course, these ere pencilled in. Although a fair way from the Mother Road as it is, we had already been to Monument Valley with a stay in Kayenta. On the way up we'd also "done" the Canyon de Chelly.

Of course the Grand Canyon was on the checklist. Surely no visitor to northern Arizona could miss a trip there?

So as part of my planning I saw that the Grand Canyon Railway from WIlliams to the Canyon was running. I went on the website and booked the tickets. Choosing the Observation Dome for the way up to the Canyon and Coach on the way back.

We arrived in Williams the afternoon before the train journey and booked into the Grand Canyon Hotel. Maybe a more down market hotel would have sufficed, but this hotel is pretty antique and historic! The lack of air conditioning might not be a problem early and late in the year but in May it was stifling. The hotel is right on the eastbound leg of R66 through the town.

Grand Canyon Hotel Williams AZ

Grand Canyon Hotel Williams AZ

Anyway back to the train.

We went over to the station to pick up the tickets that afternoon and had a walk around the station. There is a hotel at the station but we didn't see that when searching for a booking.

There is an engine at the station. It is HUGE. I love a steam engine and this is massive!

Grand Canyon Railway Engine

Grand Canyon Railway Engine

We then adjourned to the hotel and as it started to get dark we had a walk around the town and all the neon sights/sites before dinner and bed. Tomorrow was the railway and the Canyon itself.

Up early and breakfast was taken across the road at Pine Country restaurant before we headed across the tracks to the train itself. Departure was 9.30am. They have a mock gunfight show before we boarded the train, and I was glad that I wasn't one of the front row guys pulled out to join the cowboys!

The journey up was pretty good as the cars are air conditioned and it was starting to get hot. After abround 90 minutes and we were there. I took some more photos of the train before we set off from the canyon end station.

Grand Canyon Railway

Grand Canyon Railway

Grand Canyon Railway

Grand Canyon Railway

Grand Canyon Railway

Grand Canyon Railway

Grand Canyon Railway

Grand Canyon Railway

Grand Canyon Railway

Grand Canyon Railway

The Canyon itself. What can you say? It is simply mind blowing. Photos just can't do it justice. We walked along the south rim from the train depot firstly west to the Kolb Studio and then back to the Visitor Centre. As we had limited time before the train was going to head back it was really only a fleeting visit!

I did take quite a few photos down into the "hole" but as I said, photos can't do justice to that awesome view!

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

By the time we got to the Visitor Centre it was getting late and so we took one of the buses back to the train depot. It seemed to take ages but when we arrived at the train and found our carriage we were first aboard.

We chugged back to Williams. On the way there was a holdup. The cowboys from earlier stopped the train and came aboard to rob us. Although they seemed too nice and just were rude to some of the passengers! I lucked out again!

And then that was it. We pulled into Williams and the trip was over.Back to the hotel and then out to a neon restaurant for dinner.

Posted by InvictaMoto 10:31 Archived in USA Tagged grand_canyon williams grand_canyon_railway grand_canyon_hotel

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