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All Aboard the Grand Canyon Railway (Williams, Arizona)

All Aboard the Grand Canyon Railway (Williams, Arizona)
Maya
  • On November 13, 2013

Want to return to the Old West? Then jump aboard the Grand Canyon Railway from the Williams Depot, like we did! Sure, we could’ve driven to the Grand Canyon on our own but to make it more unique and special, it’s always more comfortable to let someone do the driving. When in your life can you have an opportunity to experience a vintage train on a century-old rail line?

Address

Williams Depot
233 N. Grand Canyon Blvd.
Williams, AZ 86046

95.2 miles (one-way) from Quail Ridge RV Park

Weather

Clear and Sunny – High 61°

More Info

130-mile Roundtrip Journey
The Train Website

Discounts

AAA Member = 20% discount
Got an Annual National Park Pass = $8 off/per person

Photo by AAA

Don’t miss the 9:00am Wild West Shootout before boarding.

PIC: Bill and Maya at the Wild West Shootout right before boarding the Grand Canyon Railway (Williams, AZ)

PIC: The Grand Canyon Railway train arrives at Williams Train Station

DID YOU KNOW: The train first arrived at the South Rim on September 17, 1901. – The Train

We decided on taking the Observation Dome to the Grand Canyon. There are 5 Classes of Passenger Service on The Train – Coach, First Class, Observation Dome, Luxury Parlor and Luxury Dome. Good news is that whatever you choose, you don’t have to do it round trip. For instance, if we kept our Observation Dome seats roundtrip it would’ve been $170/per person (without taxes and the discounts). But… by combining the Observation Dome to the Grand Canyon and experiencing Coach Class on the return trip both of us combined was only $219.15 (taxes and discounts applied)!

PIC: The Observation Dome at the Williams Train Station before we board the Grand Canyon Railway

Looks like I’m passing First Class…

PIC: Observation Dome seats on the Grand Canyon Railway

PIC: Observation Dome seats on the Grand Canyon Railway

Found our seats in the Observation Dome: 17A and 17B

PIC: Observation Dome seats on the Grand Canyon Railway

PIC: Observation Dome seats on the Grand Canyon Railway

A nice touch… seems like the entire staff of this charming train depot were standing outside waving us off and holding up signs to have a great day!

PIC: Observation Dome seats on the Grand Canyon Railway

PIC: Observation Dome seats on the Grand Canyon Railway

Looking forward to the panoramic views and scenery on this vintage glass-enclosed streamliner car!! Most of the trip has little to no access to Wifi or cell service so it was a nice change of pace to see everyone enjoying the journey instead of their focus on their mobile or tablets. The only time they took out any electronics was to video tape or snap pictures. That’s the way to do it!

PIC: Observation Dome seats on the Grand Canyon Railway

Here we have Jesse entertaining us with his banjo.

PIC: Banjo Music aboard the Grand Canyon Railway

Time for some breakfast munchies – Complimentary fresh fruit, pastries, coffee and juice. You can also ask for advice on getting around once you arrive at the Grand Canyon. The staff are happy to help whether you’re going for the best views, for a bite to eat or take in a hike!

PIC: Snacks aboard the Grand Canyon Railway

PIC: Snacks aboard the Grand Canyon Railway

Snack at your seat…

PIC: Observation Dome Seats have little tables to enjoy snacks aboard the Grand Canyon Railway or place your camera on

or at the food parlor.

PIC: Food Parlor aboard the Grand Canyon Railway

Next time, either request front seats of the Observation Dome or the very back seats for views like these:

PIC: Views aboard the Grand Canyon Railway

PIC: Views aboard the Grand Canyon Railway

PIC: Views aboard the Grand Canyon Railway

Check out all the old telegraph poles!

PIC: Views aboard the Grand Canyon Railway

Moo-mooos. Wow the terrain changed from pine to prairie, prairie to high desert…

PIC: Views aboard the Grand Canyon Railway

Where the antelope play…

PIC: Views aboard the Grand Canyon Railway

PIC: Views aboard the Grand Canyon Railway

  • 9:30am Depart Williams
  • 11:45am Arrive Grand Canyon
  • 3:30pm Depart Grand Canyon
  • 5:45pm Arrive Williams

PIC: Bill and Maya of JustWander.in at their seats in the Observation Dome of the Grand Canyon Railway

PIC: Views aboard the Grand Canyon Railway

QUESTION: Will you be adding The Grand Canyon Railway to your bucket list?

On This Day In History

Comments

  1. How do you make your photos look so cool.
    Things appear like a miniature toy scene where people live and play in toy world miniatures!

    Love it…. But how about photos of restrooms in various parts of journey?

    Waikiki misses the both of you…
    Paul

    • Maya

      I shoot with either my Lumix or Nikon cameras which have pretty nice lenses.

      Bathrooms? I don’t have an interest in documenting that detail although Bill’s son hopes to publish a book about bathrooms. He’s been photographing that subject matter for years.

  2. Looks like something I have to do. Great pics!

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