Grand Canyon Railway departs Williams at 9:30 AM and takes passengers on a 65-mile, 2-1/4 hour journey to the Grand Canyon. You arrive at the canyon about 11:45 AM and depart for your return trip to Williams at 3:30 PM. This gives you a little over 3 hours to view the Grand Canyon and it’s magnificent sights.
Trip highlights of this adventure include a daily Wild West
shootout at the 1908 Williams Depot prior to the morning departure. During the trip, entertainment and live action is plentiful aboard the train. Featured are roaming western singers, as well as the infamous Cataract Creek Gang and the justice of a Grand Canyon Railway Marshal. The Railway’s very own Territorial Times newspaper is complimentary.
If you want to stay overnight at the Grand Canyon, there are hotel packages available. There are also vacation packages that include lodging at both Williams and the Grand Canyon.
During the Christmas holiday season you might want to take your children or grandchildren for a ride on “The Polar Express”. The Polar Express does not go to the Grand Canyon. It goes to the “North Pole”. The train departs the Williams Depot for a journey through the dark and quiet wilderness for a special visit. Hot chocolate and cookies are served while you listen to the magical story. When the train arrives at the North Pole, Santa Claus and his reindeer are waiting. Santa will board The Polar Express and hand every child his (or her) own special gift. During the season the train leaves each night at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. select days feature a 3:30 p.m. matinee departure. The ride is a little over an hour.
Some history of the Grand Canyon Railway
The railway carried its first passengers to the Grand Canyon in 1901, when Arizona was still a territory. With the arrival of the train, people could get to the legendary canyon with ease and comfort.
The train was the lifeline to Grand Canyon National Park in the early 20th century. It was the railroad, along with the Fred Harvey Company, that commissioned and built most of the historic structures that still exist along the South Rim
Passenger service ended in 1968 due to a lack of business. The popularity of automobile travel was the reason. Grand Canyon Railway was reborn in 1989 when entrepreneurs brought the Grand Canyon Railway back to life. Today, the railway carries over 200,000 people by rail to the canyon each year.
For more information on this great adventure go to : Grand Canyon Railway Website