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Have a Trainload of Fun in Williams - June 20, 2015

Williams Train Days is Northern Arizona’s very own tribute to The Train, the history of rail travel in the Southwest, and all machines that move! On Saturday June 20, the Grand Canyon Railway & Hotel’s property will have the look of a railway museum with authentic pieces of rail equipment from past and present on display – historic steam locomotives, workhorse diesel locomotives, track maintenance machines, and more! You can also see rail on the small scale as we will be hosting model railroad enthusiasts and their elaborate, life-like layouts from all over Arizona.

The excitement doesn’t stop with trains, though! We’ll also be hosting an antique & classic automobile exhibit, featuring those born to be wild masters of the pavement, and a vintage tractor and farm equipment exhibit that the kids will be sure to love! We won’t let you get away without learning something either – members of the Williams-Grand Canyon Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society and the Winslow Harvey Girls will be on hand to talk about the history of rail travel and hospitality in the American Southwest.

You’re wanted in Williams!
June 20, 2015
9:00am – 5:00pm



The Cataract Creek Rambler Steam Excursion Train

Vintage steam locomotive No. 4960 returns to pull the Cataract Creek Rambler steam excursion train in 2015! The Cataract Creek Rambler is a one-hour round-trip excursion in our classic 1923 Pullman Cars through the pine forest surrounding Williams. It’s a true steam experience when you open the windows to smell the smoke and hear the steam whistle as the Train rambles through the Town of Williams to the pines!

  • Departing the Williams Depot Saturday – 11:00am, 1:00pm, and 3:00pm
  • A special Sunset Departure will leave Saturday evening at 6:00pm
  • Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children ages 2-15, children age 2 and under ride free!
  • Tickets will only be available at the ticket counter on Saturday, June 20. No advance reservations.


Tour the GCR Locomotive Shop

Grand Canyon Railway is a fully-operational tourist railroad, which means we service all of our locomotives and rolling stock in our own Locomotive Shop! For a donation to the Williams Food Bank, join our Locomotives Manager on a tour inside our full service facility where you can see the one-of-a-kind machines that help us keep our equipment in tip-top shape!

  • There will be four tours on Saturday, with transportation provided by the Cataract Creek Rambler.
  • Cost: a $5 donation to the Williams Food Bank.
  • Participants must sign a release form, and have proper footwear. No open-toed shoes or sandals are permitted inside the Shop.
  • Space on the Shop Tour is limited, tickets are available on a first come first served basis, and open to all guests age 5 and over.

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