Truly Make a Grand Trip Grander the Grandest. Rail Baron Charters are for those who wish to make the ultimate Grand Canyon memories. Charter your own private car, set of cars, or even a private train from Williams, AZ to Grand Canyon National Park and back while our helpful and entertaining staff make the journey one you will reflect on with joy for years to come. Designed for those with vacation dreams as big as the canyon, Rail Baron Charters combine the luxury of private train cars with the views of the old West and provide the perfect platform for celebrating a wedding, birthday, anniversary, retirement, class reunion, or other milestone moments.
Contact your Rail Concierge at (928) 635-5700 to learn more and book.
Choose one of our classic passenger cars and make it a private experience for your friends and family on the daily scheduled departure from Williams to the Grand Canyon. Ride in style in your choice of rail car, or even charter multiple cars. It’s a great option for any size group that wants to have privacy in a vintage environment.
Want to control the entire experience? Select your steam or diesel locomotive, choose your passenger cars, and customize your experience with a wide variety of add-ons. The best part? You can choose how long you stay at the Grand Canyon and when you want to head back. Want to arrive at the canyon, have lunch at El Tovar, and hike until 9:00 PM? You can! No need to stick to anyone’s schedule but your own.
CHARTER ONE OF OUR CLASSIC RAIL CARS
The Utah (Luxury Parlor/Café Lounge Car)
Day use capacity of 26 passengers (additional standing room for 4); an ornate lounge car with a private bar.
The Santa Fe (Luxury Parlor/Café Lounge Car)
Day use capacity of 32 passengers in lounge-style comfort complete with a bar.
The Kansas (Luxury Parlor / Platform Car)
Day use capacity of 12 passengers; sleeps 6 passengers; 2 master suites with a shared restroom containing a toilet and shower; 1 standard room with a private toilet; private dining room with seating for 8; onboard kitchen; rear, open-air platform.
The Max Biegert (Luxury Parlor / Platform Car)
Day use capacity of 22 passengers; onboard bar; rear, open-air platform.
First Class / Observation Dome Car
Day use capacity for 66 guests. Plus, first class seating downstairs with an observation dome upstairs.
A full length dome upstairs with seating for 66 guests, with a lounge and bar downstairs. The ultimate in views, space and comfort.
The cars can accommodate the largest number of guests with seating up to 88 guests.
Charter Multiple Rail Cars
Need more space? Charter multiple cars for your group. For example, one car might be a lounge car and a second car could be a dome for two unique experiences for your group.
Choose from a wide array of options from a steam locomotive to dining packages to in-car amenities to beverage service to give your journey a little something extra. Explore the options below:
Add a Steam Locomotive
Want to go with a vintage steam locomotive on your private train charter for a more historic feel? Go for it! An operational steam locomotive can be a rare sight in the 21st Century, which is why we keep a fully-restored vintage steam locomotive in service. Make your journey truly magical with our steam locomotive GCR No. 4960 out in front of your charter.
Hire a Photographer
Spend your time focused on your guests and your Grand Canyon or Polar Express experience and let our professional photographers capture all of the memories for you. You will receive a link to download all images captured within 24 hours of your return to Williams.
Buckey O’Neill On-board Beverage Service
Add all-day, non-alcoholic beverage service, or host/cash bar service on any charter. Bar service comes with a dedicated bartender, domestic and craft beer, wine, and liquor options.
Have the complete Wild West experience by adding one of our talented entertainers to your custom train journey. Select from a wide roster of talented singers and musicians, each with a unique Western flair.
|Charter Car Type
|Maximum Guests per Car
|Starting at Car Charter Prices Added to Daily Train Going to Grand Canyon
|Starting at Price for Privately Scheduled Train Pulled by Diesel Locomotive
|Starting at Price for Privately Scheduled Train Pulled by Steam Engine
|First Class - Buckey O'Neill
|First Class - Arizona or Bright Angel
|First Class - Observation Dome Combo