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Introducing the Rail Baron Charter
Your Own Private Train

Private Charters 4The grandest way to make a Grand Trip Grander. Brand new for 2019, Rail Baron Charters are for those who wish to make the ultimate Grand Canyon memory. Charter your own 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 cards 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.

How the Rail Baron Charter Works

Hire your car (or cars!) of choice, a steam or diesel locomotive, and take off for the canyon either 30 minutes before or after the departure of a normally scheduled train. Want complete control? You can also go big with a completely private charter on your own schedule.

Enhance Your Journey

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:

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Add a Steam Locomotive

Want to go with a vintage steam locomotive 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.

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Add a Stop: Chuck Wagon Dinner

Schedule a stop with an exclusive open-air cookout. Includes 12-oz. steak cooked medium-well, coleslaw, potato salad, chuck wagon corn, corn muffins, watermelon, and assorted non-alcoholic beverages. Bar service available – see below. Also includes live Western entertainment. Vegetarian requests can be accommodated with 14-day advance notice. Must be booked and paid at least 30 days prior to departure. Contact your Rail Concierge for details and pricing.

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Add a Stay: Sleep Under the Stars

Available exclusively for Rail Baron Charters that include The California or Utah cars – spend the night onboard the train while it is parked next to the historic depot in Williams, AZ. Includes around-the-clock onboard Passenger Service Attendant, on-site security, and all the amenities of Grand Canyon Railway and Hotel. Limited to 22 overnight on-board guests. Pricing starts at $750. Must be booked and paid at least 30 days prior to departure. Contact your Rail Concierge for details and pricing.

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Hire a Professional 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.

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Fred Harvey Onboard Catering Service

Select from our most popular options for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a late-night snack, or ask your Rail Concierge for custom catering solutions exclusively for you. Options for a personal chef onboard are also available.

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Buckey O’Neill On-board Beverage Service

Add all-day, non-alcoholic beverage service, or host or cash bar service on any charter. Bar service comes with a dedicated bartender, domestic and craft beer, wine, and liquor options.

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Onboard Amenity Baskets

Surprise and delight your guests with a welcome gift accompanied by an exclusive Grand Canyon Railway postcard and a greeting card customized with your words. Can be placed in the onboard bedrooms prior to departure. Speak to the Rail Concierge for the most up-to-date offerings and options.

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Live Entertainment

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.

Price Breakdown for Rail Baron Charter Departing 30 Minutes Before or After Regularly Scheduled Service
Car TypeNumber of Day Passengers Price per PassengerTotal Price
5 Passenger Cars: The Santa Fe, Utah, California, Fred Harvey & Max BiegertMaximum of 200$105$21,000 + tax & NPS entry fee
4 Passenger Cars: The Santa Fe, Utah, California & Fred HarveyMaximum of 178$107$19,000 + tax & NPS entry fee
3 Passenger Cars: The Santa Fe, Utah, & CaliforniaMaximum of 102$157$16,000 + tax & NPS entry fee
2 Passenger Cars: The Santa Fe & UtahMaximum of 58$207$12,000 + tax & NPS entry fee
1 Passenger Car: The Santa FeMaximum of 32$219$7,000 + tax & NPS entry fee

*Cars in above tables are examples and reflect lowest possible pricing for number of cars. Other car combinations are possible (e.g., California + Santa Fe as 2 passenger cars) and cars that allow for over 200 guests are possible. Contact your Rail Concierge for details and information via phone at 928-635-5700 or email by clicking here.

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Be the Train Master - Control the Schedule

Want to control the entire experience? Anything is possible. Choose your car, select your steam or diesel locomotive, 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. Contact your Rail Concierge for details and information via phone at 928-635-5700 or email by clicking here.

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Price for Custom Scheduled Rail Baron Charter
Schedule Your Departure Times Whenever You Want!
ComponentsTotal Price
Be Pulled by a Steam LocomotiveAdd $10,000
Be Pulled by a Diesel LocomotiveAdd $5,000
Choose from 1 to 5 private passenger rail carsFrom $7,000 - $21,000 + taxes and fees

The Ultimate Polar Express Experience

Experience the Ultimate Polar Express aboard your own private charter to the North Pole! Limited to no more than 48 passengers per departure, travel on your own private train with your friends and family to the North Pole and bring the classic book and movie to life. The magical ride from Williams features the Conductor reading the story to all the children. Plus, your private Chef will lead the group in Christmas carols and enjoyment of refreshments like cookies and hot cocoa. Parents can enjoy refreshments from two private bars. Then, Santa Claus boards the train and spends the whole journey back from the North Pole with your children to ring in the season and create everlasting memories.

Lasts approximately 2 hours. Custom catering and cash/host bar available – contact your Rail Concierge for details and pricing. Limited to 48 lucky passengers per departure. Prices start at $10,000.