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Introducing the Rail Baron Class
Your Own Private Train

The grandest way to make a Grand Trip Grander. Brand new for 2019, the Rail Baron class of cars 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, the Rail Baron class of cars combines the luxury of a chartered yacht 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 Class Works

Hitch your own private car to an already scheduled train to the Grand Canyon or go the exclusive route and hire your car of choice, a steam or diesel locomotive, and create your own schedule.  A price breakdown for hitching The Rail Baron class of cars to an existing departure can be found below. Prices include a diesel or steam locomotive, Engineer, Brakeman, and Conductor, plus one Passenger Service Attendant per passenger car.

Price Breakdown for Rail Baron Class Added to Daily Train to the Grand Canyon
Car TypeNumber of Day Passengers Price per PassengerTotal Price
2 Passenger Cars (Utah and California) Maximum of 70$171 $12,000 + tax & NPS entry fee
1 Passenger Car: The Utah (Parlor/Café Lounge Car)Maximum of 26$269$7,000 + tax & NPS entry fee
1 Passenger Car: The California (Dome/Sleeper Car)Maximum of 44$159$7,000 + tax & NPS entry fee

Do a Complete Train Takeover

Want to make your trip to the Grand Canyon by rail a completely private affair? 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? With a private train takeover, 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. And beyond the three exclusive Rail Baron Class cars, your private train can include additional cars from Grand Canyon Railway’s fleet. Ask your Rail Concierge for details.

Interested? Start Building Your Dream Trip!

Price Breakdown for Private Charter of Rail Baron Class With a Diesel Locomotive
Schedule Your Departure Times Whenever You Want - Completely Custom!
Car TypeNumber of Day PassengersPrice per Passenger Total Price
3 Passenger CarsMaximum of 88Starting at $193$17,000 + tax & NPS entry fee
2 Passenger CarsMaximum of 70Starting at $214$15,000 + tax & NPS entry fee
1 Passenger Car: The Utah (Parlor/Café Lounge Car)Maximum of 26Starting at $384$10,000 + tax & NPS entry fee
1 Passenger Car: The California (Dome/Sleeper Car)Maximum of 44Starting at $227$10,000 + tax & NPS entry fee
1 Passenger Car: The Kansas (Platform Car)Maximum of 18Starting at $555$10,000 + tax & NPS entry fee
Be Pulled by a Steam LocomotiveAdd $5,000

Step 1: Choose Your Locomotive

Want to go vintage steam locomotive  or go with a touch of modern with a diesel locomotive? The choice is yours!

Step 2: Choose Your Car

Choose from:

  • The California (Dome/Sleeper Car) – Day use capacity of 44 passengers; sleeps 14 passengers – 7 private bedrooms, each with a private toilet; 2 common restrooms with showers; no kitchen or dining facilities
  • The Utah (Parlor/Café Lounge Car) – Day use capacity of 26 passengers (additional standing room for 4); onboard galley; no overnight accommodations
  • The Kansas (Platform Car) –  Day use capacity of 18 passengers; sleeps 6 passengers – 2 master suites with a shared restroom containing a toilet and shower and 1 standard room with a private toilet; private dining room with seating for 8; onboard galley; rear, open-air platform

Or combine 2 or all 3 of the cars for an even grander experience!

Step 3: Enhance Your Journey

Choose from a wide array of options from dining packages to in-car amenities to beverage service to give your journey a little something extra. Explore the options below:

Grand Canyon Railway fiddler

Add a Stop: Chuck Wagon Dinner

Schedule a stop at our exclusive open-air chuck wagon. 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 our Rail Concierge for details and pricing.

AZ Night

Add a Stay: Sleep Under the Stars

Available exclusively when chartering all three Rail Baron Cars – spend the night onboard the train while it is parked on our private siding in the Northern Arizona desert. Includes around-the-clock onboard Passenger Service Attendant, on-site security, and onboard continental breakfast in the morning on your return trip to Williams. Limited to 22 overnight on-board guests. Pricing starts at $5,000. Must be booked and paid at least 30 days prior to departure. Contact our Rail Concierge for details and pricing.

Photographer

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.

Catered Meal

Fred Harvey Onboard Catering Service

Select from our most popular options for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a late-night snack, or ask our 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

Enjoy 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.

Wine basket

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.

The Ultimate Polar Express Experience

On select dates (first come, first serve) travel to the North Pole from Williams, AZ on a private Rail Baron Class car attached to a regularly-scheduled Polar Express departure. Includes private Chefs, cookies, and cocoa, and your very own Santa, who rides in the car back to Williams. Lasts approximately 2 hours. Custom catering and cash/host bar available – contact our Rail Concierge for details and pricing. Maximum of 26 passengers. Prices start at $2,500. Must be booked and paid at least 30 days prior to departure.

Add a Stay: Spend the Night at the North Pole

Spend the night onboard the train while it is parked on our private siding in the Northern Arizona desert. Includes around-the-clock onboard Passenger Service Attendant, on-site security, and onboard continental breakfast in the morning on your return trip to Williams. Limited to 16 passengers. Prices start at $5,000. Must be booked and paid at least 30 days prior to departure. Contact our Rail Concierge for details and pricing.